New York at Philadelphia

N.Y. Mets
W: T. Gordon (2-1) L: A. Heilman (0-1)
HR: NYM - X. Nady (8), C. Delgado (12)   PHI - None

Phillies lock down ninth straight win

CBS wire reports

PHILADELPHIA -- Carlos Delgado's 410-foot blast crushed the Phillies.

Bobby Abreu's 20-foot dribbler picked them right back up.

Pinch-hitter David Dellucci hit a two-out triple in the ninth and then scored on pitcher Aaron Heilman's wild throw down the first-base line with Abreu's grounder to give Philadelphia its ninth straight victory, 5-4 over the New York Mets on Tuesday night.

"When you're going good, you're going good," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "Things are going our way."

Heilman (0-1) retired the first two batters, but Dellucci, hitting for the pitcher, lofted a triple that landed just inside the right-field foul line. Jimmy Rollins was hit by a pitch and Chase Utley walked to load the bases for Abreu.

Abreu tapped the ball in front of the plate, and a charging Heilman slipped as his throw to first base sailed down the line, allowing Dellucci to score for the emotional win.

"That's not the way you want to do it, but no matter what it takes to win the game, that's what really matters," Abreu said.

The last time Philadelphia won nine in a row was a 13-game streak in 1991. This streak was in jeopardy in the ninth after Delgado's homer off Tom Gordon (2-1) wiped out a fantastic pitcher's duel between Brett Myers and Pedro Martinez.

With the Phillies leading 4-2, Gordon allowed a single, then Delgado's tying two-run homer, his 12th, that brought a roar from the always mixed crowd between the NL East rivals.

Gordon was 10-for-10 in save opportunities and Delgado was 2-for-30 against the closer.

"He looked for it and got it," Gordon said. "It didn't move and he deposited it into the seats."

Gordon then put runners on second and third, but struck out Kaz Matsui to end the inning.

"We wanted to keep the streak going on, we wanted to continue to play well," Gordon said. "It just shows a lot about our club and how things are starting to come together for us."

Myers has started to pitch like the ace the Phillies need if they want to make the playoffs for the first time since 1993. He set down 10 in a row before allowing Carlos Beltran's one-out double in the seventh.

The Mets finally got to Myers in the eighth. Cliff Floyd led off with a single, and Xavier Nady followed with a two-run drive to left that cut the Phillies' lead to 3-2.

Ryan Howard added an RBI double in the eighth inning against Duaner Sanchez, the first run the reliever has allowed in 21 innings, to make it 4-2.

Gordon didn't exactly make Phillies fans forget former closer Billy Wagner in this one. Wagner, who saved 59 games in two years with the Phillies, did not pitch in his first game in town since ripping his former teammates over the weekend.

The left-handed Wagner was not even warming up in the ninth, leaving lefties Utley and Abreu to hit against the right-handed Heilman. Mets manager Willie Randolph said he didn't want to use his closer in a tie game on the road.

"It's tough to lose a game like that on my error," Heilman said. "If I make the play, we're probably still out there playing."

Myers, who has not allowed more than three runs in any of his seven starts, walked none, struck out six and gave up five hits in eight innings.

"We're just trying to show teams we're not intimidated by them and we're a pretty good team ourselves," Myers said.

Martinez retired 13 straight in one stretch. He finished with 10 strikeouts and two walks in seven innings.

The only four hits he allowed all came in the second inning and helped the Phillies take a 3-0 lead.

Aaron Rowand led off the second with a triple and scored on David Bell's double. Carlos Ruiz singled for his first major league hit, and Rollins drove him in with a single.

Then Martinez got going, striking out two in the third inning and didn't allow another batter to reach until he hit Rowand on the left hand in the sixth.

"I felt good all night, I just had a hard time gripping, especially early in the game when the sun was still out," Martinez said.


  • The Mets called up RHP Heath Bell from Triple-A Norfolk and optioned RHP Bartolome Fortunato to Norfolk.
  • Martinez has 106 double-digit strikeout games.
  • Abreu has reached base in 25 straight games.
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Julio Franco argues a call from the on-deck circle and gets thrown out of the game in the ninth inning.  (AP)
Julio Franco argues a call from the on-deck circle and gets thrown out of the game in the ninth inning. (AP)

Players of the Game

B. Myers
IP 8.0
H 5
ER 2
BB 0
K 6
New York

C. Delgado
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1

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New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS4000011 .264
Paul Lo Duca, C4110002 .286
Carlos Beltran, CF4010011 .284
Carlos Delgado, 1B4112011 .289
David Wright, 3B4010011 .303
Cliff Floyd, LF3110100 .190
Xavier Nady, RF4112010 .287
Kaz Matsui, 2B4010012 .254
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
Pedro Martinez, P2010000 .125
   a- Jose Valentin, PH1000010 .172
    Duaner Sanchez, P0000000 .000
    Chris Woodward, 2B0000000 .258
a-struck out for P. Martinez in the 8th
2B - Carlos Beltran (4, Myers)
HR - Carlos Delgado (12, Gordon), Xavier Nady (8, Myers)
RBI - Carlos Delgado 2 (27), Xavier Nady 2 (17)
CS - Jose Reyes (4, 2nd base by Myers/Ruiz)
Team LOB - 4
E - Aaron Heilman (1, )
New York Mets
Pedro Martinez 74332100 2.89
Duaner Sanchez 1211010 0.41
Aaron Heilman (L,0-1) 0.2110100 1.96
HBP - Rowand (by Pedro Martinez), Rollins (by Aaron Heilman)
Pitches-Strikes - Pedro Martinez 102-69, Duaner Sanchez 21-13, Aaron Heilman 21-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Pedro Martinez 3-8, Duaner Sanchez 1-1, Aaron Heilman 2-1
Batters Faced - Pedro Martinez 28, Duaner Sanchez 5, Aaron Heilman 6
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS4012010 .269
Chase Utley, 2B3000221 .317
Bobby Abreu, RF4000101 .265
Pat Burrell, LF4010012 .282
    Shane Victorino, PR-LF0100000 .308
Ryan Howard, 1B4011022 .304
Aaron Rowand, CF3110021 .311
David Bell, 3B4111011 .260
Carlos Ruiz, C4110000 .143
Brett Myers, P2000021 .000
    Tom Gordon, P0000000 .000
   a- David Dellucci, PH1110000 .185
a-tripled for Gordon in the 9th
2B - Ryan Howard (2, Sanchez), David Bell (7, P. Martinez)
3B - Aaron Rowand (2, P. Martinez), David Dellucci (1, Heilman)
SH - Brett Myers (1)
RBI - Jimmy Rollins 2 (12), Ryan Howard (22), David Bell (9)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Howard (8)
SB - Jimmy Rollins (6, 2nd base off P. Martinez/Lo Duca)
Team LOB - 8
Outfield Assists - Pat Burrell 1
Philadelphia Phillies
Brett Myers 8522061 2.96
Tom Gordon (BS,1; W,2-1) 1322111 1.72
IBB - Floyd by Tom Gordon
WP - Tom Gordon (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Brett Myers 115-77, Tom Gordon 25-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brett Myers 11-6, Tom Gordon 1-1
Batters Faced - Brett Myers 28, Tom Gordon 7
Game Information
Attendance - 33787
Game Time - 2:40
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Doug Eddings, First Base - Lance Barksdale, Second Base - Jim Joyce, Third Base - Ed Hickox