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Howard blasts 45th dinger; Phillies end Mets' 11-game home streak

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- Randy Wolf and the Philadelphia Phillies kept evolving this season. They only hope there's enough time left to finish the job.

Wolf won again, Ryan Howard hit his league-leading 45th home run and the Phillies stayed in the thick of the NL wild-card race, beating the New York Mets 4-3 Friday night.

The Phillies ended the Mets' seven-game winning streak and stopped New York's 11-game winning string at Shea Stadium, its best run at home since September 1995.

Philadelphia began the day in third place in the wild-card chase, 2 1/2 games behind Cincinnati and also trailing San Diego.

"That's what the National League is this year," said Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, who was ejected in the sixth inning. "You're looking at those teams jammed in there and there's a reason. It's a lot of teams similar. They've got some weaknesses but they've managed to stay afloat. That's why you see the wild-card race right around .500 baseball."

Carlos Beltran hit his 37th homer, doubled and drove in three runs for the NL East-leading Mets.

Howard drove in three runs, giving him a league-leading 117 RBI. He had a sacrifice fly in the first inning and hit a two-run homer in the third.

In the bottom of the third, Howard came off the bag at first base to make a diving play on Shawn Green's hard grounder with runners at the corners.

That was enough to keep Wolf ahead. He allowed three runs and five hits over five innings while making just his sixth start of the season after having Tommy John surgery in July 2005.

The Philadelphia bullpen did the rest as Geoff Geary, Arthur Rhodes and Ryan Madson combined on four shutout innings. Madson pitched the ninth for his second save.

"This year is kind of like a constant work in progress where I'm making adjustments every time out, just trying to get my mechanics in line," Wolf said.

"Physically, I felt really good. The bullpen did a great job today and really all the credit goes to them today," he said.

The Phillies lost closer Tom Gordon two weeks ago to a strained right shoulder, but have excelled without him. Philadelphia's bullpen has a 2.38 ERA over its last nine games.

Rookie Brian Bannister (2-1) lost in his first game for the Mets since injuring his hamstring on April 26. He settled down after a rough start and gave up four runs and six hits in six innings.

"I just got beat by one of the best hitters in the league this year," Bannister said. "I was just debating whether I should throw him a strike in that situation and he got three RBI off me."

Bannister was 2-0 with a 2.89 ERA in five starts for the Mets before hurting himself with running the bases at San Francisco. He re-aggravated the injury three weeks later in a rehab start at Triple-A Norfolk and didn't pitch again until Aug. 5.

"He settled down nicely. A little shaky, but gathered his composure," Mets manager Willie Randolph said. "I was impressed with the way he kept his cool."

Not impressed enough, though, as the Mets optioned Bannister to Triple-A Norfolk after the game. Oliver Perez was called up from Triple-A Norfolk to start Saturday.

The Phillies opened the game against Bannister with three straight singles by Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino and Chase Utley for a 1-0 lead. Howard followed with a sacrifice fly.

In his next at-bat, Howard sent a 3-2 pitch from Bannister to nearly the same spot in right -- but a few feet farther -- and over the wall for a 4-0 lead. Beltran hit his RBI double in the bottom half.

"Playing against these guys you've got to get out early and try to get as many as you can because you never know when they're going to have a little outbreak and score some more runs," Howard said.

Notes

  • Mets SS Jose Reyes jammed a finger on his left hand while stealing second base in the fifth inning, but stayed in the game.
  • The Phillies won three of four from the Mets last week in Philadelphia.
 
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Ryan Howard slugs his 45th homer to lead the NL and also leads the league with 117 RBI. (AP)
Ryan Howard slugs his 45th homer to lead the NL and also leads the league with 117 RBI. (AP)

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New York

C. Beltran
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Philadelphia

R. Howard
AB 2
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS5110012 .277
Shane Victorino, CF5120001 .274
Chase Utley, 2B4121011 .320
Ryan Howard, 1B2113110 .293
David Dellucci, RF2000112 .320
   a- Jose Hernandez, PH-RF1000010 .274
Joe Thurston, LF3000114 .375
    Ryan Madson, P0000000 .182
Mike Lieberthal, C3000102 .250
Abraham Nunez, 3B4000001 .195
Randy Wolf, P2000011 .273
   b- Danny Sandoval, PH1000010 .179
    Geoff Geary, P0000000 .333
    Arthur Rhodes, P0000000 .000
   c- Chris Roberson, PH-LF1010000 .194
Totals334744814 
a-struck out for Dellucci in the 8th
b-struck out for Wolf in the 6th
c-singled for Rhodes in the 9th
Batting
3B - Shane Victorino (5, Bannister)
HR - Ryan Howard (45, Bannister)
SF - Ryan Howard (5)
RBI - Chase Utley (79), Ryan Howard 3 (117)
SB - Chris Roberson (2, 2nd base off Heilman/Lo Duca)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Rollins-Howard
Philadelphia Phillies
Randy Wolf (W,3-0) 5533441 5.58
Geoff Geary (H,8) 2100000 3.21
Arthur Rhodes (H,22) 1000000 5.05
Ryan Madson (S,2) 1100010 5.60
Pitches-Strikes - Randy Wolf 94-55, Geoff Geary 31-20, Arthur Rhodes 6-4, Ryan Madson 13-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Wolf 4-7, Geoff Geary 4-1, Ryan Madson 2-0
Batters Faced - Randy Wolf 24, Geoff Geary 6, Arthur Rhodes 3, Ryan Madson 4
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS5110021 .296
Paul Lo Duca, C4120001 .314
Carlos Beltran, CF4123001 .286
Carlos Delgado, 1B3000111 .259
David Wright, 3B3000111 .297
Shawn Green, RF4000003 .281
Chris Woodward, 2B3010100 .226
Endy Chavez, LF3000111 .296
Brian Bannister, P2000002 .333
   a- Michael Tucker, PH1000000 .250
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
    Chad Bradford, P0000000 .000
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
   b- Julio Franco, PH1010000 .276
Totals333734511 
a-grounded out for Bannister in the 6th
b-singled for Heilman in the 9th
Batting
2B - Paul Lo Duca (30, Wolf), Carlos Beltran (33, Wolf)
HR - Carlos Beltran (37, Wolf)
RBI - Carlos Beltran 3 (106)
SB - Jose Reyes (54, 2nd base off Wolf/Lieberthal)
Team LOB - 7
New York Mets
Brian Bannister (L,2-1) 6644341 3.44
Pedro Feliciano 1.1000020 1.95
Chad Bradford 0.2000110 3.10
Aaron Heilman 1100010 3.80
IBB - Howard by Brian Bannister
Pitches-Strikes - Brian Bannister 91-57, Pedro Feliciano 11-9, Chad Bradford 12-6, Aaron Heilman 22-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brian Bannister 5-9, Pedro Feliciano 2-0, Chad Bradford 1-0
Batters Faced - Brian Bannister 27, Pedro Feliciano 4, Chad Bradford 3, Aaron Heilman 4
Game Information
Attendance - 41707
Game Time - 2:42
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Sam Holbrook, First Base - Randy Marsh, Second Base - Angel Hernandez, Third Base - Hunter Wendelstedt