Young’s Error Costs Mets in 6-5 Loss to Phillies
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Chris Young made no excuses for a costly error, even though it was quite windy.
Reid Brignac’s RBI single in the bottom of the 14th inning gave the Philadelphia Phillies a 6-5 win over Young and the New York Mets on Friday night.
Marlon Byrd reached second when Young dropped his fly ball to right field for an error leading off the 14th. Carlos Ruiz followed with a single to center off Jenrry Mejia (4-2) that sent Byrd to third. After pinch-hitter Cesar Hernandez was intentionally walked, Reid Brignac drove an opposite-field shot that one-hopped the wall in left.
“I was looking dead at it when it was coming down,” Young said. “I can’t explain it. I have no idea how I dropped a routine fly ball, but it happened. It cost us the game. Now I just have to get ready to play tomorrow.”
Brignac rounded first base and was mobbed by teammates in shallow right field. The Mets slumped back to their dugout.
“The wind was blowing pretty bad,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “But he still got there and he just dropped it. You feel terrible for anybody who drops a ball and it costs his team.”
Domonic Brown hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs for the Phillies, who snapped the Mets’ six-game winning streak at Citizens Bank Park, dating to last season.
Justin De Fratus (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings to earn the win. Phillies starter A.J. Burnett had a season-high 11 strikeouts, but allowed five runs and five hits in seven innings. He had to pitch out of trouble often because of six walks.
Mets rookie Rafael Montero lasted just 3 2-3 innings, allowing four runs – three earned – and seven hits in the shortest of his four career starts. Coming off a 10-strikeout performance last Sunday against Arizona, Montero didn’t fan any of Philadelphia’s strikeout-prone batters. The Phillies struck out 15 times in a 4-1 loss to the Mets on Thursday night.
Bobby Abreu hit a two-run double to give the Mets a 5-4 lead in the fifth after David Wright and Curtis Granderson struck out with two runners on.
But the Phillies answered in the bottom half against Daisuke Matsuzaka. Byrd walked, went to third on Ruiz’s double and scored on Brown’s groundout to tie it at 5.
Byrd walked to start the Philadelphia fourth and Ruiz singled. Brown then hit a high drive out to right to give the Phillies a 4-3 lead. Brown, an NL All-Star last year, was hitting .199 before connecting for his fourth homer this season. Brown hit 12 of his team-high 27 homers last May.
Burnett helped himself with a leadoff single in the third. He went to third base when Abreu booted Jimmy Rollins’ single to right for an error. Chase Utley followed with an RBI groundout to cut it to 3-1.
The Mets took a 3-0 lead in the second on Lucas Duda’s RBI double, Travis d’Arnaud’s RBI groundout and Ruben Tejada’s RBI single.
NOTES: Abreu stole second base in the eighth for his 400th career steal. The call was upheld after a video review. … The Mets are playing five consecutive days in the same city on the road for the first time. … Granderson was 0 for 3 with a walk. He is in an 0-for-19 slump. … RHP Jacob deGrom (0-2, 1.83 ERA) pitches for the Mets on Saturday against Kyle Kendrick (1-5, 4.04). deGrom struck out as a pinch-hitter in the 14th.
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