Lannan Unravels After Disputed Call, Phils Blanked By Mets 8-0
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — John Lannan refused to blame his bad fifth inning on Phillies center fielder Ben Revere or second base umpire D.J. Reyburn.
Juan Lagares led off with what appeared to be an easy fly to center, but Revere fumbled the ball in the exchange from his glove to his bare hand. The play was ruled a three-base error instead of a catch, opening the door for three New York Mets runs in an 8-0 victory over Philadelphia on Sunday.
One out after Revere’s gaffe, Lannan put Mets pitcher Matt Harvey in a 1-2 hole before leaving a fastball over the plate. Harvey hit it for a long RBI double to right-center and quickly scored on a double by Eric Young Jr.
“I was confused (about the call),” Lannan said. “But I knew I had Harvey with two strikes. … He’s a big kid. I wanted the pitch up but I left it down. From there, it was all downhill.”
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel argued the call with Reyburn at the time but later agreed with Lannan (0-2) that the double by Harvey was what really hurt.
“(Revere) kind of turned his glove over and the ball hit his hand and fell to the ground. They said he didn’t have control of the ball,” Manuel said. “I think the pitch to Harvey probably (unnerved Lannan). It was kind of a bad pitch.”
Revere, however, insisted he made a clean catch.
“(The umpire) said I didn’t have the ball long enough,” Revere said. “He was right there, but I thought it was a terrible call.”
David Wright homered, tripled and matched a Mets record with four extra-base hits. He went 4 for 5 with two of New York’s season-high seven doubles.
With the Mets making a major marketing push to get Wright elected to start next month’s All-Star game at Citi Field, the third baseman is batting .405 with 14 extra-base hits in his last 17 games.
Wright, who has spent his entire 10-year career playing for one of Philadelphia’s biggest rivals, hit his 17th home run at Citizens Bank Park. He raised his numbers at the Phillies’ home field to .296 with 43 extra-base hits and 58 RBIs in 80 games.
“This guy is tired, beat up, yet he rides it when you need him,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “I’ve been around stars, and this guy’s as good as any of them.”
Given a rare heaping of run support, Harvey (7-1) allowed two hits in six innings and struck out six to earn consecutive wins for the first time since mid-April.
The 24-year-old right-hander tossed four perfect innings and threw a season-low 72 pitches — his outing was cut short by a 20-minute rain delay in the seventh.
Harvey’s run-scoring double came in a three-run fifth that made it 4-0. Later, he hit a line drive that knocked reliever Joe Savery’s glove off his hand but was thrown out at first.
Harvey became the first Mets starter to win twice in one season at Citizens Bank Park.
“He was really good,” Manuel said. “He was getting the ball over the plate. He was getting his slider on the outside of the plate against the left-handed hitters and he comes right after you.”
Wright hit his 12th home run in the ninth and finished a single shy of the cycle. The club said the previous Mets player to have four extra-base hits in a game was Edgardo Alfonzo on Aug. 30, 1999, at Houston.
Young, the team’s new leadoff batter, had three hits and scored twice.
Philadelphia’s only threat against Harvey came in the fourth, when Chase Utley hit a leadoff double and Ryan Howard worked a one-out walk. But Harvey got out of the jam by striking out Domonic Brown on a 99 mph fastball and retiring Delmon Young on a grounder.
New York opened the scoring in the first when Marlon Byrd drove in Young with a sacrifice fly.
After their three-run fifth, the Mets added two more in the sixth. Josh Satin and John Buck drew back-to-back walks before Lagares chased Lannan with an RBI double. Buck scored on Omar Quintanilla’s sacrifice fly to make it 6-0.
Byrd hit an RBI double in the seventh after Wright’s triple.
Mets relievers LaTroy Hawkins and Brandon Lyon closed it out, handing the Phillies their seventh shutout of the season.
NOTES: After the game, Philadelphia placed reliever Michael Stutes on the 15-day disabled list with right biceps tendinitis and recalled RHP Phillippe Aumont from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. … The Phillies lost to the Mets for only the third time in their last 13 meetings. … Revere went 0 for 3, ending his 12-game hitting streak. …Philadelphia reliever J.C. Ramirez struck out the side in order in the eighth in his major league debut. … The Phillies embark on a 10-game road trip beginning with a three-game series in San Diego on Monday, when Cliff Lee takes the mound.
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