Ryan Howard and Pat Burrell both homered and Kyle Kendrick pitched 6 strong innings as the Philadelphia Phillies won 6-4 last night, bringing them into a first place tie with the New York Mets, who lost to the St. Louis Cardinals 3-0.
The Phillies beat Tim Hudson and John Smoltz in back to back days to lay claim to first place. They were more than 7 games out when the month started and have gotten hot just as the Mets have gone ice cold.
The Mets were shutout yesterday by Joel Pineiro, who gave up three hits in eight innings and struck out six. Former Met Jason Isringhausen pitched a perfect ninth for his 31st save. With the loss, the Mets are not only tied for first in the division, but are now one game out of the Wild Card, if the Phillies do hold on.
The Mets have three games at home against the Florida Marlins to finish out the year, while Phillies will host three games against the Washington Nationals.