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Phillies Drop Three Out Of Four To Mets Following 5-3 Loss

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 11: Pitcher Jonathon Niese #49 of the New York Mets throws a pitch in the bottom of the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies on August 11, 2014 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

PHILADELPHIA, PA – AUGUST 11: Pitcher Jonathon Niese #49 of the New York Mets throws a pitch in the bottom of the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies on August 11, 2014 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

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PHILADELPHIA (AP/CBS) — Slumping Anthony Recker hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer, Jonathon Niese pitched seven sharp innings and the New York Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-3 Monday.

Darin Ruf hit a two-run shot for the Phillies who were looking to avoid dropping their third game of the four game series.

Niese (6-8) gave up two runs on five hits to earn his first win since June 28. The lefty was 0-4 with a 6.04 ERA in his previous five starts.

David Buchanan (6-6) allowed three runs and four hits in six-plus innings.

Recker was in an 0-for-18 skid when he connected off reliever Justin De Fratus, who had retired 17 straight batters before allowing a single to the first batter he faced after replacing Buchanan in the seventh.

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