Jerad Eickhoff dominates Mets with 10 strikeouts, Phillies win 3-0 to complete sweep

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PHILADELPHIA — Jerad Eickhoff pumped his fist and pounded his glove after his final pitch to finish off an impressive rookie season.

Eickhoff struck out 10 in seven dominant innings, Darin Ruf hit a two-run homer and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the NL East champion New York Mets 3-0 Thursday to complete a three-game sweep.

Eickhoff (3-3) gave up two infield singles, two doubles and no walks while tying his career-best with 10 strikeouts for the second consecutive start. Jerome Williams pitched the eighth and Luis Garcia finished off the six-hitter for his second save in four tries.

"It's been great," Eickhoff said. "I was just trying to learn as much as I can. I wanted to concentrate on going as far as I could in games, show I could compete."

Eickhoff, one of several prospects the Phillies acquired from Texas in the trade for Cole Hamels, showed he can be part of the rotation for the future. He allowed three runs or less in seven of eight starts and has a 2.65 ERA.

"He was outstanding," manager Pete Mackanin said. "He showed a lot of guts. He's a great competitor."

Eickhoff was fired up after striking out Juan Lagares on his last pitch to leave two runners on in the seventh.

"It was a great feeling," he said. "I knew it was the culmination of the season."

The Phillies lost 14 of 16 to the Mets before sweeping them in a three-game series for the first time since April 26-28, 2013, at Citi Field. Philadelphia needs to win one of its last three games against Miami to avoid losing 100 games for the first time since 1961.

An announced crowd of 13,238 was the smallest in the 12-year history of Citizens Bank Park. Only several hundred fans were in the stands for a game that was moved up seven hours because heavy rain is expected later.

Rookie Sean Gilmartin (3-2) made his first career start for the Mets after 49 relief appearances. He allowed two runs and three hits in five innings.

Gilmartin didn't give up a hit until Jeff Francoeur doubled with two outs in the fourth. Ruf followed with a line drive deep into the empty seats in left field. Ruf has eight homers and 22 RBIs in 93 at-bats against left-handers.

"I don't know how my play is evaluated. I just go out there and try to do the best I can," Ruf said. "Every day, put together quality at-bats. If that impresses people, that's great. If it doesn't, I can continue to just go do my thing."

Andres Blanco hit a solo homer in the eighth off Dario Alvarez.


Mets: OF Yoenis Cespedes, as expected, wasn't in the lineup after bruising two fingers on his left hand when he was hit by a pitch Wednesday night. He's expected to play before the regular season ends. ... LHP Steven Matz, who was scratched from Wednesday's start because of a back injury, is slated to pitch Saturday or Sunday. ... SS Wilmer Flores (back spasms) expects to be ready Friday. ... 3B Juan Uribe (chest) is scheduled for tests on Friday.

Phillies: 3B Maikel Franco was activated from the disabled list and should play Friday. Franco has been out with a broken wrist since Aug. 12.


Phillies: RHP Aaron Harang (6-15, 4.86) opens a three-game series against Miami. LHP Justin Nicolino (4-4, 4.16) starts for the Marlins.

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