Phillies vs. Mets
Phillies ace Roy Halladay used his arm and his bat to help first place Philadelphia defeat the Mets by a score of 8-4 at Citi Field on Friday evening.
After the Phillies scored two runs in the top of the second off of Mets rookie Jenrry Mejia, the Mets responded with three runs in the bottom of the third, capped by a Carlos Beltran two run homer to give New York a 3-2 lead. That lead was short lived, however. In the top of the fourth, Ryan Howard hit an opposite field home run off of Mejia (0-4) to tie the game. Then, with two outs and the bases loaded, Halladay singled to center field to drive home two runs and give Philly a 5-3 lead. Shane Victorino followed with an RBI single of his own as the Phils scored four runs in the frame.
Chase Utley added a solo homer in Philadelphia’s two run seventh inning. Meanwhile, Halladay (18-10) made sure those runs stood up, going 7 2/3 innings and limiting the Mets to four runs and eight hits.
Braves vs. Cardinals
The Braves used a six run sixth inning to defeat the Cardinals by a score of 8-6 in Atlanta and keep pace with the Phillies in the NL East.
After both teams traded runs in the second inning, the Cardinals built a 4-1 lead off of Braves starter Mike Minor. Matt Holliday hit a two run homer to give St. Louis the lead, and then pitcher Chris Carpenter helped his own cause with an opposite field home run – his second career homer.
The Braves responded with a run in the fourth, and then the Braves rallied for six runs in the sixth off of Carpenter (15-6). After Jason Heyward and Martin Prado each drove in a run to tie the score, Brian McCann hit what would have been an ordinary sacrifice fly. However, St. Louis right fielder John Jay dropped McCann’s fly ball, allowing two runs to score and McCann to reach third base. The Braves added two more runs in the inning to take an 8-4 lead.
The Cardinals scored two runs in the seventh, but couldn’t get any closer. Braves reliever Peter Moylan (6-2) pitched a scoreless sixth inning to earn the victory, and closer Billy Wagner picked up save number 33 with a perfect ninth.
Marlins vs. Nationals
The Marlins scored two runs in the first and never looked back thanks to solid pitching as Florida defeated the Nationals 3-1 in Washington.
Dan Uggla drove home the game’s first run, and Wes Helms followed with a sacrifice fly as the Marlins took an early 2-0 lead off of John Lannan and the Nats. The score remained that way until the seventh, when Florida catcher Brad Davis homered off of Lannan (7-7) to increase the Marlins lead to 3-0. Those runs turned out to be more than enough for the Florida pitching staff.
Starter Alex Sanabia (4-2) allowed no runs and three hits over 6 2/3 innings to earn the victory. After the Nationals scored a run in the eighth, Clay Hensley came on and retired all four batters he faced to earn his first career save.