The Phillies roared back from a 3-1 deficit to beat the Mets 10-6 Wednesday night in a game that was much tougher than the final score suggests.
Beerleaguer: The Phils, in the midst of 20-straight games against teams with winning records, were seeking better results on the road, and they got exactly what they wanted against a pair of tough customers in the Cardinals and Mets. They couldn't have asked for more considering they lost Roy Halladay two innings into Sunday's game, then held their best hitter, Carlos Ruiz, out of the starting lineup in all three games against the Mets. Chooch, obviously, delivered the big blow - a game-tying, pinch-hit home run - in Wednesday's victory, one of the better wins of the season.
The win guarantees an over .500 finish at the two-month marker, which is typically right where you want to be. It's totally fine in the NL East, which is a five-horse race with four months to play.
Their methodical climb this month was primarily made possible by the improved offense. They've doubled up the number of extra-base hits they had in April. They've gotten everything they want, and more, from newcomers Juan Pierre and Ty Wigginton, each playing a key role in Wednesday's victory. The unpopular decision to stick with Brian Schneider this winter has so far turned out to be the right call. Meanwhile, Jimmy Rollins, eye-opening, tape-measure shot in the ninth served notice that he's not ready to take a back seat while the rest of the team starts its summer rally.
Pitching-wise, the Phillies hope the seventh and eighth innings are a sign of things to come. Antonio Bastardo and Jose Contreras locked down six huge outs Wednesday while the game was still very much in doubt.