Ethan Martin pitched more innings than his previous outing, but that’s not saying much. After throwing two-thirds of an inning in his last start, the rookie struck out nine against the Mets on Thursday, but threw four frames of three-run ball.
Meanwhile, a little-known pitcher with a 4.95 career ERA stifled the Phillies while his offense blew the doors open in the sixth and seventh innings to blast the Phils, 11-3.
New York right-hander Carlos Torres allowed four hits and one run over 6 2/3 innings, while striking out six, to earn the Mets a split of their four-game series with the Phillies (61-73).
After Martin’s four innings of three runs, relievers Cesar Jimenez and Justin De Fratus surrendered a combined seven runs in 2 2/3 innings. New York (60-72) finished with as many hits as it did runs (11) and its 1-2-3 portion of the order went 9 for 15 (.600) with seven RBIs.
Domonic Brown returned to the starting lineup and had two hits. Roger Bernadina entered the game in the bottom of the fifth inning and smashed a second-deck, two-run homer in the eighth.
That’s all Phils fans could cheer about on Thursday.
Ryne Sandberg returns to Wrigley Field in Chicago where he became a Hall-of-Famer and legend with the Cubs. The Phillies play three afternoon games against Chicago (56-77). Here are the probable pitching matchups:
Friday — RH Roy Halladay (3-4, 7.81) vs. RH Jeff Samardzija (8-11, 4.03)
Saturday — LH Cliff Lee (11-6, 3.07) vs. LH Chris Rusin (2-3, 2.64)
Sunday — RH Kyle Kendrick (10-11, 4.40) vs. RH Jake Arrieta (1-1, 4.50)