Rodrigo Lopez (1-0), 33 year old journeyman pitcher, a stranger to the Major Leagues for the last year and a half, with a career record of 65-65 and an ERA of 4.80, held the New York Mets to 6 hits and 2 runs over 6 1/3 innings and the Philadelphia Phillies offense set off the fireworks a night early, exploding for 7 runs in the first 3 innings off Livan Hernandez (5-4), then cruising to a 7-2 victory.
The Phillies scored 3 in the bottom of the 1st.Â Chase Utley singled to drive in Jimmy Rollins, and Greg Dobbs singled to score Utley and Shane Victorino.Â They added another run in the 2nd inning on an Utley sacrifice fly, then completed the fireworks display in the 3rd inning.Â Jayson Werth led off that inning with a homer, then Rollins doubled driving in Pedro Feliz and Paul Bako to give the Phillies a 7-0 lead.
Ryan Church was the bright light of the Met offense.Â He had 3 hits in 4 at bats, including his 16th double of the season.Â No other Met had more than 1 hit.
The Met bullpen performed well.Â Of particular note was Pat Misch, who threw 3 scoreless innings, recording 3 strikeouts.Â Bobby Parnell and Elmer Dessens each threw a scoreless inning.Â But the Met hitters were unable to light any fireworks of their own.Â Perhaps tomorrow.
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