Rapid Reaction: Bruce’s Two Home Runs Power Mets Over Phillies 5-4

The New York Mets defeated the Philadelphia Phillies by a score of 5-4 on Wednesday night at Citi Field.

Pitching

Robert Gsellman made his third start of the season and it was his best start so far. He went seven-plus innings of three-run ball while striking out seven, allowing six hits and one walk.

After Gsellman gave up a lead-off ground rule double to start the eighth, Jerry Blevins came in to maintain the 3-2 lead. With Aaron Altherr at third, Michael Saunders singled on a fly ball to left field. The game-tying run was charged to Gsellman.

Hansel Robles was called upon to get the final out of the eighth. He did just that as he struck out Tommy Joseph to end the inning.

Addison Reed came into the game in the ninth for the save in the last day of Jeurys Familia‘s suspension. He gave up a one-out triple and a sac fly, but was able to close out the game with a 5-4 victory.

Offense 

The Mets were not able to get anything going in the first five innings. Mets batters combined for two walks and a hit during that span against Vince Velasquez.

Things changed in the sixth as Asdrubal Cabrera singled and Yoenis Cespedes walked with two outs. Jay Bruce then hit a go-ahead three-run home run for the Mets first runs of the game.

The Phillies tied the game in the top of the eighth, but that would not last for long. With Cespedes at first, Bruce hit another go-ahead home run to make it a 5-3 game.

Bruce finished the game 3-for-5 with two runs scored and five RBI. He now has 11 runs scored, six home runs, 14 RBI and .309 batting average on the season.

On Deck

The Mets look to take the series tomorrow with Noah Syndergaard (1-0, 0.95 ERA) on the mound. The Mets will face 23-year-old Aaron Nola (1-0, 3.27 ERA) at 7:10 PM at Citi Field.

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