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Flushing, NY (Sports Network) – Ike Davis went 4-for-4 with three runs driven in and Mike Pelfrey took a shutout into the eighth inning as the Mets held on for a 4-3 win in the second of three games against the Phillies.
Jose Reyes slugged an upper-deck home run and Jesus Feliciano collected two hits, walked and scored twice in the win, New York’s fourth in the last six games.
Davis wound up with the game-winning two-run single in the seventh after the Phillies staged a late comeback bid.
Pelfrey (14-9) got back on track after a pair of subpar losing turns, charged with two runs on six hits with five strikeouts against zero walks in 7 1/3 innings to notch a new career high in wins.
He was pulled in the eighth after allowing a pinch-hit double to Ross Gload and a Shane Victorino RBI single. The Mets went on to use four pitchers in the inning and saw their 4-0 lead cut to one on Ryan Howard’s two-run single to center.
Hisanori Takahashi came on in the ninth and nearly gave up a game-tying longball to Mike Sweeney, whose drive to left hit halfway up the wall for a one-out double. John Mayberry came on as a pinch-runner and moved to third on Wilson Valdez’s groundout. Carlos Ruiz was called upon to pinch hit with the game on the line and grounded weakly to third.
Kyle Kendrick (9-9) was touched for five hits and two runs in lasting five innings. The embattled right-hander has suffered the loss in four of his last five starts.
The Phillies had won four straight and 12 of 15 overall. The loss resulted in Philadelphia’s lead atop the NL East being cut to a half-game over Atlanta, which is in extra innings against the Cardinals.
The Mets went up, 2-0, courtesy of a run-scoring double from Davis in the first and Reyes’ monster home run to right leading off the third.
New York looked for more in the sixth as David Herndon took over for Kendrick. A leadoff hit by David Wright brought on Antonio Bastardo, who yielded a base hit to Davis. Phillies skipper Charlie Manuel then trotted out Jose Contreras, who walked pinch-hitter Chris Carter to load the bases with one out.
Luis Hernandez hit a fly ball to shallow right where Jayson Werth made the catch and fired home in time to get Wright at the plate with Brian Schneider providing a textbook block of the plate.
Schneider flied out to end the seventh with two aboard, and the Mets tacked on two more in the bottom half as Davis greeted J.C. Romero with what proved to be a necessary two-out, two-run single to center for a 4-0 game.
Pelfrey, Bobby Parnell, Pedro Feliciano and Manny Acosta combined to pitch the eighth for New York. Acosta got Werth on strikes to end the inning after Feliciano served up Howard’s two-RBI base hit.
Pelfrey is 9-3 in 16 home starts…Takahashi earned his sixth save of the season…Phils shortstop Jimmy Rollins sat for a second straight game with a hamstring injury but could return Sunday…The Mets evened the season series at seven games apiece…Reyes’ home run was his ninth of 2010. He also swiped his 29th base of the year…Howard now has 98 RBI this season…Raul Ibanez had the lone multi-hit game for Philadelphia.
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Philadelphia remained one game ahead of Atlanta for the National League East lead and posted an 8-4 win Friday night behind 7 2/3 solid innings from staff ace Roy Halladay. The right-hander did allow four runs and eight hits with five strikeouts, and benefited from a pair of home runs by Ryan Howard and Chase Utley. Halladay even knocked in a pair of runs, while Carlos Ruiz collected three hits and an RBI for the Phillies, who have won 12 of their last 15 games.
"It's big," Halladay said of his hit during a four-run fourth inning. "It seems like especially in this league, two outs, you get something going and the pitcher always comes up. To be able to kind of keep it going is nice."
Halladay became the first Phillie to win 18 games since John Denny in 1983, while Howard kept up his solid pace by homering in his third straight game. Philadelphia entered the series having scored just seven runs in six games at Citi Field this season, and remained a game ahead of the Braves after they beat St. Louis Friday night.
Phils shortstop Jimmy Rollins missed the game with a hamstring injury and could return Sunday.
Scheduled to face the Mets today is Kyle Kendrick, who's lost four of his previous six starts. In Sunday's 6-2 setback versus Milwaukee, Kendrick lasted just four frames and allowed five runs and seven hits.
Kendrick dropped to 9-8 in 29 games (27 starts) this season for the Phillies to go along with a 4.89 ERA. The righty defeated the Mets in mid-August and is 3-2 with a 3.00 earned run average in seven career starts against the Mets.
Mets young pitching prospect Jenrry Mejia was tagged for nine hits and six runs in just four innings of his second career start last night. He is 0-4 this season.
"What I noticed tonight was they started laying off his breaking balls." said New York catcher Josh Thole of Philadelphia's offensive approach. "It kind of put us in spots where we were trying to throw breaking balls early in counts and it was putting us behind a little bit. When you do that against a lineup like that, it makes it even more difficult to pitch."
Carlos Beltran gave the Mets a short-lived lead in the third inning with a two-run homer and Thole ended with three hits for the Mets, who had won two straight and three of four games.
New York is hoping Mike Pelfrey can get his act together when he takes the ball this afternoon. Pelfrey has lost two straight and three of five starts, including Monday's 13-3 blowout loss at Washington.
Pelfrey was pounded by the Nationals for six runs in 3 2/3 innings, falling to 13-9 in 29 games (28 starts) this season with a 3.96 ERA. Pelfrey, who opened the 2010 campaign with such promise, seems to have lost his groove. Pelfrey is 8-3 in 15 home starts, but lost to Philadelphia on August 15 at Citi Field even though he tossed seven innings of three-run ball.
The right-hander is 5-4 with a 4.73 ERA in 12 career starts against the Phils.
Philadelphia took a 7-6 lead in the season series with Friday's win and have won four of the last five meetings between the clubs.