Game Thread: Mets (57-66) vs Phillies (70-50)
Perez labored through five innings against the Braves on Tuesday, allowing four runs (on two home runs) in five innings while aggravating an injury in his right knee when covering first base. Even as his ERA jumped back over 6.00 for the season, Perez notched his first win in seven starts and evened his record on the season. He was both a contributor to and the beneficiary of the Mets’ eight-run fourth inning, as he singled to help his team turn a four-run deficit into a four-run lead. Perez is 2-3 with a 3.55 ERA in 13 career starts against the Phillies, but his one earlier this season versus Philadelphia lasted just 2 1/3 innings and included four runs, five hits, six walks and an eventual trip to the disabled list afterward. The Phillies hit a collective .243 off of Perez. Ryan Howard is 3-for-24 lifetime and Pedro Feliz is just 1-for-19, while Jimmy Rollins is 8-for-26 with two home runs. Lefties are hitting just .205 off Perez this season.
Martinez had been throwing well against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday at Citizens Bank Park until a severe storm rolled through and cut his night short. In three innings, Martinez allowed two hits, one run and one home run in three innings. He struck out three and retired the final eight batters he faced. The home run he allowed to Stephen Drew barely cleared the right-field wall — a ball that would not have been a home run in most parks. Martinez gets to face the Mets, his former team Sunday at Citi Field.