PHILADELPHIA — Lucas Duda has struggled against left-handed pitchers this season, but he came up clutch this time.
Duda singled home the go-ahead run with one out in the 11th inning to lead the New York Mets to a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on the night of Aug. 9.
It was New York’s 11th victory over the Phillies in the last 12 games in Philadelphia.
Long after starters Cole Hamels and Dillon Gee exited following their duel, Curtis Granderson opened the 11th with a single off Antonio Bastardo (5-5). Following an out, David Wright singled and Eric Campbell walked to load the bases.
Duda then lined Bastardo’s first pitch sharply into right field to score Granderson. “I was lucky enough to just elevate a ball and sneak it over the second baseman’s head,” Duda said.
The hit was just the 12th in 71 at-bats for the left-handed hitting Duda against lefty pitchers. He also singled in the fifth against Hamels.
“I’m really happy for him and happy for us that he’s in there, and he’s going to fight and he’s going to battle and try to put some good at-bats on left-handed pitching,” Mets Manager Terry Collins said.
Duda raised his average against lefties to .169. “It’s great for him, great for his confidence and everything else,” Collins said.
Justin De Fratus relieved Bastardo and got the final two outs.
Dana Eveland (1-1) retired the Phillies in order in the 10th for the win. Jeurys Familia earned his second save in six opportunities but had to wriggle out of a two-out jam to get it.
“That was a good grind-out win for us,” Collins said.
Ryan Howard singled and Marlon Byrd walked to put runners on first and second in the 11th for Domonic Brown. But Familia got Brown to ground out to shortstop.
Regular Mets closer Jenrry Mejia wasn’t available after a heavy workload the previous two nights, Collins said before the game.
Carlos Ruiz homered for the Phillies, who dropped to 12-48 when scoring three runs or less. “We just weren’t able to put some runs on the board,” Phillies Manager Ryne Sandberg said.
Hamels continued his dominant stretch but didn’t get anything to show for it. The left-hander allowed one run and five hits in seven innings with five strikeouts and three walks.
The Mets scored in the fifth off Hamels, snapping his 22-inning steak without allowing an earned run. New York loaded the bases with no outs on singles by Duda and Juan Lagares sandwiched around a walk to Travis d’Arnaud.
Duda then scored on Wilmer Flores’ hard-hit grounder. Third baseman Cody Asche lunged to stop the ball, but elected to throw to second rather than attempt to get Duda at home. Hamels threw up his hands in disgust after the run crossed.
“Cody made an outstanding catch,” Hamels said. “I knew that run was going to score.”
The Phillies tied it in the seventh on Ruiz’s two-out homer to left. It was Ruiz’s third homer of the season and first since June 7. “Right in his wheelhouse,” Gee said.
That was one of three hits the Phillies got off Gee, who struck out four and walked three in seven strong innings.
Besides Ruiz, Philadelphia got just one runner to second base off Gee. Brown advanced on Ruiz’s second-inning single.
Jake Diekman pitched a scoreless eighth, Jonathan Papelbon tossed a 1-2-3 ninth, and Ken Giles struck out two in the 10th for the Phillies.
Josh Edgin and Vic Black combined to allow one hit in two scoreless relief innings before turning the ball over to Eveland.
New York’s Daniel Murphy went 0-for-5, snapping his streak of five straight multi-hit games.