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The Philadelphia Phillies try to remain in serious running for a playoff berth Tuesday when they take on the New York Mets in the second of their three-game series at Citi Field. Philadelphia kept alive its slim postseason chances with a 3-1 victory in the series opener as Cliff Lee struck out 10 over eight strong innings while Jimmy Rollins and Domonic Brown belted solo home runs. The Phillies climbed within 3 1/2 games of idle St. Louis for the second wild-card spot in the National League with 14 contests remaining, although there are three other teams between them.
Philadelphia, which has won nine of 12, faces a Mets team that has struggled mightily at home of late. New York has lost seven in a row at Citi Field and is 4-23 in its last 27 contests in its own ballpark. Scoring has been a major issue for the Mets, who have crossed the plate three times or less in a franchise-record 14 consecutive home games. Overall, New York has lost nine of 10.
Phillies Mets Betting
When: 7:10 PM ET, Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Where: Citi Field, New York, New York
TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, PHL 17 (Philadelphia), SNY (New York)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Phillies RH Tyler Cloyd (1-1, 4.95 ERA) vs. Mets RH Matt Harvey (3-5, 2.92)
Cloyd, who will be making his fifth career start, lasted only three innings at Houston on Thursday, allowing three runs and five hits while escaping with a no-decision. The 25-year-old won his only other road outing, limiting Cincinnati to one run and four hits over seven frames while striking out nine without a walk. Cloyd made his major-league debut at home against the Mets on Aug. 29 and took the loss after yielding three runs and seven hits in six innings.
Harvey suffered his second consecutive loss Wednesday against Washington despite allowing only one run and five hits while striking out 10 in five innings. The 23-year-old rookie has yielded three runs or less in eight of his nine major league starts. Harvey, who has an innings restriction and will be making his final start of the year, was victorious against Cloyd at Philadelphia on Aug. 29, giving up two runs in 6 1/3 frames.
1. Mets RHP R.A. Dickey leads the NL in ERA (2.67), complete games (five) and shutouts (three) and is second in wins (18) and strikeouts (205).
2. Philadelphia has won only six of the first 16 meetings this season.
3. New York 3B David Wright went 1-for-4 on Monday, leaving him six hits away from tying Ed Kranepool (1,418) for first place on the franchise list.