Wigginton's 6 RBIs send Hamels, Phillies past Mets

Philadelphia Phillies' Ty Wigginton hits a two-run double off of New York Mets starting pitcher Jonathon Niese in the third inning of a baseball game on Monday, May 28, 2012, at Citi Field in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

May 28, 2012 1:47:29 PM PDT
Ty Wigginton drove in a career-high six runs with a homer and a pair of two-out hits and Cole Hamels won his eighth straight decision as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the New York Mets 8-4 Monday.

A day after the Phillies lost Roy Halladay to shoulder soreness after two innings, Hamels (8-1) pitched well enough to match St. Louis' Lance Lynn for the major league lead in wins.

Hamels struck out six and allowed seven hits in eight innings to help the Phillies win for the fifth time in six games following a season-long four-game losing streak. Jonathan Papelbon finished up for Philadelphia.

Scott Hairston and Vinny Rottino each hit tying two-run homers for the Mets, who had a three-game winning streak end.

Down 5-4, the Mets threatened in the eighth when pinch-hitter Andres Torres doubled. With one out and Torres on third, Daniel Murphy grounded out and then David Wright also grounded out to end the inning. Wright has gone hitless in his last 14 at-bats, dropping his average below .400.

Bobby Parnell (1-1) gave up a leadoff single to Jimmy Rollins in the seventh and Wigginton, who played for the Mets from 2002-2004, singled him home two outs later for a 5-4 lead.

Wigginton added a no-doubt, three-run homer to left in the ninth off Manny Acosta to blow open a close game and cap a day in which he went 3-for-3 with two walks. Wigginton also had a two-run double in the third.

John Mayberry put the Phillies up 4-2 with a long home run to left field after Wigginton walked to lead off the sixth. It was the second and last hit Jonathon Niese gave up.

Niese left before any more damage could be done, having walked five and allowed four earned runs in five-plus innings while throwing 115 pitches on a sticky day.

Niese's struggles came on the heels of two impressive starts for the Mets. R.A. Dickey struck out 10 and pitched into the eighth on Sunday, a day after Johan Santana shut out San Diego. Mets pitchers had combined for 28 scoreless innings before the Phillies scored in the third inning.

Although the Phillies, like the Padres, came into New York in last place, this was clearly a different team. They worked walks from Mets pitchers and didn't chase poor pitches.

Wigginton's double in the third was the first hit allowed by an otherwise laboring Niese. He walked Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino with two outs before Wigginton's liner to right-center.

In the Mets third, Justin Turner got a two-out hit of his own, then sprained his ankle in a rundown.

Rob Johnson was held up at third when Philadelphia right fielder Pence fired home, and Turner tried to take second. Catcher Brian Schneider threw to second baseman Freddy Galvis to start the rundown, and shortstop Jimmy Rollins chased Turner back to first.

Third base coach Tim Teufel continued to hold Johnson as the play developed, and by the time Johnson crossed the plate, Turner had already been tagged out. Turner lunged for the bag and tumbled into foul territory behind the base, where he writhed in pain as Mets staff came out to assist him. After about a minute, he was assisted off the field.

Wright moved to shortstop from third base, playing the position for the second time in his major league career, He played there in the eighth and ninth innings last Aug. 7, when Jose Reyes and Daniel Murphy were hurt in a game. In the fifth inning Monday, Wright went to his left to scoop a grounder and threw sharply to first, prompting cheers.

Hairston went deep against Hamels with two outs in the sixth, following Kirk Nieuwenhuis' leadoff single and tied it at 4. Rottino's homer tied the score at 2 in the fifth. It was the second big league shot for the 32-year old Rottino.

NOTES: The Phillies say they will send Halladay to see a doctor on Tuesday. The two-time Cy Young winner is 1-3 in his last five starts. ... Phillies C Carlos Ruiz was scratched from the lineup several hours before the first pitch and replaced by Schneider. ... Wright and Murphy both made fielding errors in the first inning, but Niese escaped with no damage. ... I'll Have Another trainer Doug O'Neill, owner Paul Reddam and jockey Mario Gutierrez plan to be at the Mets-Yankees game June 8 - less than 24 hours before their Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner takes his shot at the Triple Crown.. O'Neill says Jessica Steinbrenner, the daughter of late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, invited all three to Yankee Stadium to "symbolize the Triple Crown." ... Torres spent the morning with his wife for the birth of their child.