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Bruise: Mets 4, Phillies 3

Jay Bruce did the Phillies in again with two homers as the Mets overcame a strong Jerad Eickhoff start.

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He's probably a little too good overall to take true pride of place alongside otherwise mediocre Phillie killers like Julio Lugo (109 plate appearances, .418/.500/.692) and Rod Barajas (108 PA, 9 homers, .610 SLG). But Jay Bruce came into tonight's game with a career line of .327/.379/.615 including 17 homers in 248 plate appearances against the Phillies. He improved on those figures with two homers, three runs scored and three batted in, powering the Mets to a 4-3 win that looked all too familiar for any Phils fan who's watched these two teams mix it up over the last few seasons.

For a hot minute early on, it looked like things might go very differently. Facing Jacob deGrom, as well as his hair and his team's perfect 7-0 record in his career starts against the Phils, the home team put up two first inning runs and had a chance for more. But Brock Stassi hit into a 1-2-3 double play with the bases loaded to end the threat.

Still, with Jerad Eickhoff cruising on the mound, things looked good. The Metronomic Moundsman (tm) was his usual efficient self, allowing only a solo shot to Bruce through the first six innings. Meanwhile deGrom settled in, and the Phillies held a 2-1 lead into the 7th. But the Mets tied it as Bruce led off with a walk, went to third on a Cesar Hernandez error and scored on a sac fly.

The Phillies put two men on with two outs in the bottom of the inning, but the threat went awry when Howie Kendrick was caught off first base. In the top of the eighth, Edubray Ramos walked Asdrubel Cabrera after starting the AB by throwing over his head, sparking a warning to both benches and Pete Mackanin's ejection. With two outs, Ramos gave way to Joely Rodriguez, facing Bruce. He got ahead 0-2, wasted a pitch, and then served up a meatball that landed in the second deck. After a season in which Phillies relievers somehow gave up 61 runs to the Mets in 70 innings, the rebuilt bullpen is off to no better of a start against their rivals to the immediate north.

The Phils pulled within a run when Stassi notched his first big league hit, a solo homer, but it ended there. Back at it tomorrow with Matt Harvey on the mound for the Mets. The NL East is fun. It's fun, dammit.