05/29/2012 - Flushing, NY (Sportsbook Betting Lines) - Jeremy Hefner contributed in every way he could to the Mets' 6-3 win over the Phillies on Tuesday, which evened up a three-game series.
Hefner (1-2) had a night of firsts. He picked up his first major league win with six strong innings in which he allowed three runs on six hits and struck out four. More surprisingly, Hefner collected his first major league hit -- a towering fly ball over the left field fence for a solo homer in the fourth.
Omar Quintanilla also provided an unexpected spark in the lineup. Quintanilla, who was called up earlier in the day, went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored.
Joe Blanton (4-5) struggled for the third straight start for the Phillies, getting tagged for six runs in five-plus innings.
Scott Hairston delivered the big blow for the Mets. After the Phillies cut the Mets' lead to 4-3 in the sixth, Hairston hit a two-run homer to give New York some insurance.
The loss wrapped up a rough day for the Phillies, who placed starting pitcher Roy Halladay on the 15-day disabled list with a right latissimus dorsi strain. He is expected to miss 6-to-8 weeks.
The Phillies got on the board first after Jimmy Rollins started the game with a leadoff double, went to third on Juan Pierre's bunt and scored on a wild pitch.
The Mets quickly took the lead. Blanton hit Mike Baxter to start the bottom of the first, then gave up back-to-back singles to Kirk Nieuwenhuis and David Wright to tie the game. Three batters later, Ike Davis delivered a two-out single to give the Mets a 2-1 lead.
Brian Schneider tied the game for the Phillies in second with a long home run to right field.
The Mets quickly regained the lead, though. Quintanilla hit his first of two doubles to start off the second inning, then scored two batters later when Baxter hustled out an RBI double.
After Hefner's homer gave the Mets a 4-2 lead, the Phillies were able to put together a rally. Pierre led off the sixth with a single, then Hunter Pence hit a hard ground ball down the third-base line that Baxter could not corral along the left field fence. Because of the defensive struggles, Pierre scored and Pence advanced to third. However, the Phillies were unable to tie the game when Ty Wigginton grounded out to first, Shane Victorino struck out and Placido Polanco flew out to left.
Just as quickly as the Phillies seemed to be back in the game, Hairston came up with his crippling shot to take them out of it.
Bobby Parnell and Jon Rauch kept the Phillies bats quiet before Frank Francisco came in to pick up his 14th save of the season.
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In what should be an outstanding Saturday of March Madness betting action, the top four teams in the South and West Regions square off in what should be extremely close match-ups. Three of the four teams are coming off extremely close games on Thursday evening, only UCLA won semi comfortably over Pitt 64-55.
Ohio State is coming off their second game in a row where in all reality they should have lost. Of course that doesn’t matter now since the name of the game is “survive and advance” but as the tournament continues, they can’t afford to keep getting down to their opponents early. Kansas also avoided a scare by holding off a scrappy Southern Illinois squad. In the third thrilling game of the evening Memphis pulled off the minor upset (+3.5) despite being the higher seed to Texas A&M.
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Memphis vs. Ohio State
Both squads were involved in thrillers on Thursday evening and should come out fired up. OSU can ill afford to get behind early like they did versus their previous two opponents (Xavier, Tennessee). Greg Oden needs to stay out of foul trouble; the Buckeyes are a completely different team when he is on the court. Memphis definitely has the athleticism and length to match-up with OSU. Of Memphis’ five leading minute earners, the shortest of the bunch is 6’5”. Each team has a very effective defense; Memphis surrenders 62.3 PPG whereas the Buckeyes give up only 61 PPG. With those type of numbers, it isn’t surprising that Memphis covered the UNDER almost 69% of the time this season. As a favorite, OSU has covered the UNDER almost 66% of the time over the last three seasons. The major concern for Memphis which is magnifies this time of the year is their brutal foul shooting (62%). This season, OSU is 17-11 ATS versus teams with a winning record and 7-2 ATS in all tournament games. Memphis has been an extremely reliable cover in tournament play in recent years with a 23-8 ATS record over the last three seasons.
UCLA vs. Kansas
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