NEW YORK (AP) – Jose Reyes tripled twice for the third time this season and a refreshed Josh Thole had three hits and three RBIs as the New York Mets enjoyed a rare offensive outburst in a 9-5 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.
Reyes finished with four of New York’s season-high 17 hits and Jonathon Niese did not allow an earned run against a makeshift Phillies lineup. Daniel Murphy matched a career high with three hits, rebounding nicely from his rough finish Friday night.
The Mets, held to three runs or fewer in nine of their previous 11 games, tied their season high for runs and prevented a three-game sweep. Reyes, who can become a free agent after the season, equaled a career high with his sixth straight multihit game – the longest active streak in the majors.
New York tagged an ineffective Vance Worley (2-1) for 12 hits in three innings, sending the rookie to his first loss in four major league starts this season.
The 23-year-old right-hander threw six shutout innings of two-hit ball in an April 29 win against the Mets, who entered Sunday batting .087 (2 for 23) against him in two appearances.
Playing without injured sluggers David Wright and Ike Davis, the Mets have gone a season-high eight games without a home run. But they improved to 3-6 this year against Philadelphia, which had won four straight and eight of 11 overall.
Raul Ibanez hit a leadoff homer in the eighth and the Phillies scored three times off reliever Taylor Buchholz to cut it to 9-4. But with a runner on, Jimmy Rollins tried to stretch a single and was thrown out by right fielder Jason Pridie to end the inning.
Pedro Beato allowed a run in the ninth before finishing up.
Rollins made a first-inning error at shortstop that led to three unearned runs. By the third, every Mets starter besides Niese had a hit.
Handed an 8-0 lead after two, Niese (4-5) worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the third and received a nice ovation when he was pulled in the seventh. He gave up five hits and four walks while throwing a season-high 122 pitches.
The left-hander won for the third time in four starts. It was his first victory against the Phillies since April 30, 2010.
Thole, who hadn’t started behind the plate since Thursday, matched his career high with three RBIs. He began the day batting .182 (6 for 33) with runners in scoring position.
NOTES: It was Howard’s first day off this season. … Sunday marked the one-year anniversary of Roy Halladay’s perfect game against Florida. Halladay is scheduled to start Monday in Washington against Livan Hernandez. … With the Phillies way behind, Rollins stole third base in the fifth and second in the seventh. … Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey tested his injured right foot with a full bullpen session and believes he’ll make his next scheduled start Tuesday night – but it’s up to manager Terry Collins. … Reyes leads the majors with eight triples. … The Mets had 10 hits in the first two innings but didn’t draw a walk until the eighth. … Only three umpires worked the game because Wally Bell was not at the ballpark. No reason was given for Bell’s absence when the announcement was made a few minutes before the first pitch. Spokesmen for both the Phillies and Mets said they did not know why Bell was not at Citi Field.