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Delgado breaks out as Mets avoid sweep in Philly

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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PHILADELPHIA -- A comfortable lead in the standings allows the New York Mets to shrug off losing streaks.

Carlos Delgado ended a 2½-week homer drought by connecting twice, John Maine pitched six solid innings and the Mets avoided a four-game sweep with a 7-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday.

Delgado drove in four runs with a sacrifice fly, triple and a pair of solo homers -- the first time he went deep since July 30. Carlos Beltran also hit a solo shot for the Mets, who have a 13-game lead over second-place Philadelphia in the NL East.

"We always try to get back to our approach to the game," manager Willie Randolph said. "We wanted to get out of here without getting swept."

Ryan Howard tied David Ortiz for the major league lead with his 42nd homer, but the Phillies failed to reach .500 for the first time since they were 35-35 after beating the Yankees on June 19.

Philadelphia, which has climbed back in the playoff race after overhauling its roster before the trade deadline, remained 2½ games behind NL wild card-leading Cincinnati.

"We had chances, but didn't get the big hit at the right moment," manager Charlie Manuel said.

Maine (3-3) allowed two runs and eight hits to win his third straight decision. The rookie right-hander lost his first three starts, but has given up just six runs in 33 1/3 innings over his last five outings.

Howard cut the Phillies' deficit to 4-2 with another opposite-field homer, a two-run drive in the fourth. But Beltran hit his 34th homer and Delgado followed with his 28th to make it 6-2 in the fifth.

"I've been working on some things, getting more hand movement," Delgado said. "I got some good pitches to hit."

Rookie Scott Mathieson (1-4) gave up six runs and eight hits in four innings. He hasn't reached the fifth inning in four of his seven starts, but Manuel said the right-hander isn't in danger of losing his job in the rotation.

"Who we got is what we're using," Manuel said.

A crowd of 45,775 that included many Mets fans was the largest in the three-year history of Citizens Bank Park. For the first time in the series, the Phillies couldn't silence the "Let's Go Mets!" chants.

New York took its first lead since the first inning Tuesday with a run in the first and added two more in the second.

Jose Reyes led off with an infield single to shortstop. He advanced to third on Beltran's single and scored on Delgado's sacrifice fly to center field.

Mike DiFelice and Reyes had RBI singles to put the Mets ahead 3-0 in the second. Delgado made it 4-0 in the third. One pitch after reaching the second deck on a ball that just hooked foul, Delgado drove one off the brick wall beyond the center-field fence.

He tripled to right field for New York's final run in the seventh.

The Phillies loaded the bases in the seventh against Maine and Chad Bradford, but Pedro Feliciano struck out Chase Utley looking to end the threat.

"I'm getting more confident out there," Maine said.

Notes

  • Beltran's homer was his 23rd on the road, tying him with Howard Johnson for New York's single-season record. Johnson did it in 1987.
  • Philadelphia's Mike Lieberthal tied Red Dooin for the most games caught in team history at 1,124.
  • DiFelice's RBI was his first since July 7, 2004, with Detroit.
  • Phillies 3B Abraham Nunez extended his hitting streak to nine games with an infield single in the third.
  • Delgado has 39 career multihomer games. His previous one was June 9 at Arizona.
  • The Mets have hit back-to-back homers five times this season.
  • Mets 2B Jose Valentin left with a slight strain of his hamstring. Randolph said Valentin will be OK.
 
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They must have got him the live chicken. Carlos Delgado blasts two homers to end his drought.  (AP)
They must have got him the live chicken. Carlos Delgado blasts two homers to end his drought. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

C. Beltran
AB 5
R 2
H 4
HR 1
RBI 1
New York

C. Delgado
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 2
RBI 4
 
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS4021100 .298
Endy Chavez, LF5100014 .295
Carlos Beltran, CF5241010 .289
Carlos Delgado, 1B4234001 .252
David Wright, 3B4000032 .304
Jose Valentin, 2B3120000 .285
    Chris Woodward, 2B1000001 .223
Lastings Milledge, RF3000001 .220
Mike DiFelice, C3111110 .091
John Maine, P1000010 .000
    Chad Bradford, P0000000 .000
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
   a- Julio Franco, PH1000010 .274
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
    Billy Wagner, P0000000 .000
Totals347127289 
a-struck out for Feliciano in the 8th
Batting
2B - Carlos Beltran (31, Castro)
3B - Carlos Delgado (1, Fultz)
HR - Carlos Beltran (34, Mathieson), Carlos Delgado 2 (28, Mathieson, Mathieson)
SF - Carlos Delgado (9)
SH - Lastings Milledge (1), John Maine 2 (3)
RBI - Jose Reyes (60), Carlos Beltran (99), Carlos Delgado 4 (78), Mike DiFelice (1)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Reyes (30)
SB - Jose Reyes (50, 2nd base off Mathieson/Lieberthal)
Team LOB - 6
New York Mets
John Maine (W,3-3) 6822041 2.68
Chad Bradford 0.2100010 3.07
Pedro Feliciano (H,8) 0.1000010 2.03
Aaron Heilman 1100020 4.10
Billy Wagner 1100000 2.40
Pitches-Strikes - John Maine 100-65, Chad Bradford 7-7, Pedro Feliciano 5-4, Aaron Heilman 16-11, Billy Wagner 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Maine 8-6, Billy Wagner 2-1
Batters Faced - John Maine 26, Chad Bradford 3, Pedro Feliciano 1, Aaron Heilman 4, Billy Wagner 4
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS5000004 .275
Shane Victorino, CF5020012 .268
Chase Utley, 2B4120023 .324
Ryan Howard, 1B4122001 .299
Pat Burrell, LF4000023 .256
David Dellucci, RF4010023 .333
Mike Lieberthal, C4010002 .250
Abraham Nunez, 3B4020000 .196
Scott Mathieson, P0000000 .143
    Rick White, P0000000 .000
   a- Danny Sandoval, PH1000000 .158
    Aaron Fultz, P0000000 .000
   b- Aaron Rowand, PH1000012 .252
    Fabio Castro, P0000000 .000
   c- Chris Coste, PH1010000 .365
Totals3721120820 
a-popped out for White in the 5th
b-struck out for Fultz in the 7th
c-singled for Castro in the 9th
Batting
2B - Chase Utley (35, Maine)
HR - Ryan Howard (42, Maine)
SH - Scott Mathieson (2)
RBI - Ryan Howard 2 (108)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Utley-Howard
Philadelphia Phillies
Scott Mathieson (L,1-4) 4866233 7.23
Rick White 1100010 4.70
Aaron Fultz 2211030 4.18
Fabio Castro 2100010 1.66
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Mathieson 90-57, Rick White 10-7, Aaron Fultz 33-22, Fabio Castro 31-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Mathieson 6-3, Rick White 1-0, Aaron Fultz 1-2, Fabio Castro 2-3
Batters Faced - Scott Mathieson 22, Rick White 3, Aaron Fultz 8, Fabio Castro 7
Game Information
Attendance - 45775
Game Time - 2:50
Temperature - 85
Umpires - Home - Brian Gorman, First Base - Bill Miller, Second Base - Eric Cooper, Third Base - Gerry Davis