By Sean Greene 10:11pm, April 8, 2013
Daniel Murphy returns to high-fives in the dugout after scoring on an single to center by Lucas Duda in the third inning. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)Mets catcher John Buck hit a 3-run homer off of a struggling Roy Halladay, propelling the Mets to a 7-2 victory over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park Monday night.
In front of 35,393 fans, the smallest Phillies home crowd in 4 years, the Mets put together a 1-out rally in the 2nd inning, starting a Marlon Byrd double. After Lucas Duda was hit by a Halladay pitch, Halladay fell behind 2-0 to Buck.
Halladay then served up a fast ball right down the middle that Buck slugged out to right field for his 3rd homer of the season. Buck, who was traded to New York in the R.A. Dickey trade now has 12 RBI after just 7 games.
Duda then hit an RBI single in the 3rd to put the Mets behind 4-0, as the Phillies struggled against Mets' starter Matt Harvey.
Harvey allowed just 3 hits and a Ryan Howard sacrifice fly in 7 innings of work. His 9 strikeouts came after a 10 K performance against the Padres in his season debut.
Meanwhile the Mets chased Halladay with no outs in the 5th after Daniel Murphy led off with a ground rule double, moved to third on a wild pitch, and then scored on a David Wright RBI single. Ike Davis singled to put runners on 1st and 3rd as Halladay departed.
Chad Durbin sandwiched a pair of outs around a Duda walk which loaded the bases, only to see Ruben Tejada hit a 2-run single to make it 7-1. Durbin has now allowed all 7 of his inherited runners to score this season.
Jimmy Rollins contributed an RBI groundout in the 8th off of Mets' reliever John Edgin, but it wasn't enough to drop the Phillies to 2-5, and 1-3 at home this season.
Halladay finished with just 4-plus innings, giving up 7 runs on 6 hits, with just three strikeouts to go with 3 walks in 99 pitches. He left the game in a deep sweat on a night where the gametime temperature was 76 degrees.
Cliff Lee and Dillon Gee get the assignments tomorrow in the second game of the 3 game set. Pre-game coverage on WDEL begins at 6:30.
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