(Sports Network) - Right-hander Tyler Cloyd faces the New York Mets for the
second time in his fifth major-league start tonight when the Philadelphia
Phillies meet them in game two of a three-game series at Citi Field.
A 25-year-old Nebraska native, Cloyd made his big-league debut against the
Mets on Aug. 29 in Philadelphia and took a 3-2 loss after allowing three runs
on seven hits in six innings, walking two and striking out five.
He bounced back for his initial win in his next start five days later in
Cincinnati, allowing four hits and a run in seven innings of a 4-2 victory
while walking none and striking out nine.
Two subsequent starts have yielded a pair of no-decisions - home with Colorado
and at Houston - in which the 6-foot-3, 210-pounder gave up seven runs on 13
hits in seven innings.
Cloyd was 15-1 in 26 minor-league starts to begin 2012 while splitting time at
Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Fellow rookie Matt Harvey starts for the Mets in his 10th career outing, and
second against the Phillies.
The 23-year-old was 2-3 in his initial six starts with a 2.75 earned run
average, before scattering six hits and allowing two runs in 6 1/3 innings of
a 3-2 defeat of Philadelphia on Aug. 29.
He's 0-2 in a pair of subsequent starts while allowing four runs and 11 hits
in 10 innings against St. Louis and Washington on Sept. 4 and Sept. 12.
Over 52 1/3 innings in nine overall starts, he's allowed a .216 opposition
On Monday, Jimmy Rollins and Domonic Brown clubbed solo home runs to back a
masterful Cliff Lee, as the Phillies posted a 3-1 win.
Lee (6-7) continued his recent hot stretch on the mound, limiting the Mets to
one run on seven hits over eight innings. He walked one and struck out 10.
The left-hander has allowed just four earned runs while going 4-0 over his
last five starts.
Jonathan Papelbon worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his 35th save of the season.
The Phillies are trying to shake off a disappointing series in Houston, where
they dropped three of four to the MLB-worst Astros on the heels of a seven-
game winning streak.
With Monday's triumph, Philadelphia moved to within 3 1/2 games of the idle
St. Louis Cardinals for the National League's second wild-card spot.
"We're running out of games. Every game is very important at this point and we
need to win every one," Lee said. "I don't know if that's reality, but we need
to win every game."
R.A. Dickey (18-6) gave up three runs - two earned - on five hits with two
walks and eight strikeouts in seven innings for New York, which resumed its
struggles at home.
The Mets have lost seven straight as the host and haven't scored more than
three runs in 14 consecutive home games, a franchise record. They have dropped
nine of 10 overall.
"You feel for him because all he does is give himself a chance to win the
baseball game," Mets manager Terry Collins said.
The Mets won 10 of the first 15 games between the teams in 2012, while the
Phillies were an 11-7 winner in the 2011 series against New York.
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