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New pickup Green collects two RBI in Mets' seven-run seventh

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NEW YORK -- Three games into his New York Mets career, Shawn Green was 1-for-9 and not showing much at the plate. He knew it as well as anyone.

"Yesterday and today, I was kind of pressing a little bit, trying to do too much," said Green, who was traded to the Mets by Arizona on Tuesday.

So Green decided to relax and in the seventh inning Saturday night, the strategy paid off with a bases-loaded double, his first big hit for the Mets. It came in the middle of a seven-run rally that carried New York to an 11-5 victory over Philadelphia.

Green's hit put the Mets in front 7-5, but he was just as impressed with what went on around him in a batting order that produced 15 hits. There were home runs by Carlos Beltran and Carlos Delgado, four hits, including another bases-loaded double by Endy Chavez, and two hits and two runs scored by leadoff man Jose Reyes.

"It's an explosive lineup, without a doubt," Green said. "Delgado and Beltran go gap to gap. The leadoff hitter (Reyes) is on base all the time. Chavez in the eighth spot has great at-bats all the time."

Beltran hit his 200th career homer to give New York the early lead. Delgado hit his 33rd of the season to draw the Mets close and then tied it with a sacrifice fly in the seventh. Chris Woodward also had a pinch single for two wrapup runs in the rally.

The Mets needed the comeback after Ryan Howard's NL-leading 46th home run, a fifth-inning grand slam, staked Philadelphia to a 5-2 lead. It came against Oliver Perez, who was called up from Triple-A Norfolk to make the start.

Perez, acquired from Pittsburgh in a trade on July 31, held the Phillies hitless into the fifth inning, but his control got him in trouble. He walked Chris Coste to open the inning and after a force play, Philadelphia pitcher Jon Lieber came up trying to bunt, but Perez walked him.

Shane Victorino hit an RBI single with two outs and Perez hit Chase Utley with a pitch, loading the bases.

With Howard looming at the plate, Perez got ahead 0-2. The big first baseman hit the next pitch over the fence in right-center field for his third career grand slam.

"It was a little up," Howard said. "I just tried to lock down. I just do what I can."

Despite Howard's slam, Mets manager Willie Randolph liked what he saw from Perez.

"It was an outstanding job by the kid," he said. "He pitched well enough to get the ball again. He'll probably get another start."

Howard leads the NL with 121 RBI. His 34 RBI in August set a Philadelphia club record, breaking the mark of 31 set by Don Demeter in 1962.

Delgado drew the Mets close in the sixth with his fifth homer in the last six games. Then New York loaded the bases but Lieber got pinch-hitter Julio Franco to hit into an inning-ending double play.

Lieber allowed 10 hits and left after six innings.

"I made some mistakes, there's no doubt," he said. "I was lucky to get out of there with just four runs."

Rick White (2-1) relieved to begin the seventh and the Mets loaded the bases with no outs when Reyes and Paul Lo Duca singled and Beltran was hit by a pitch.

"We just came apart, had a tough inning," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "Nobody out, bases loaded, right in the middle of their lineup. They've got some good hitters but we couldn't make good pitches."

Aaron Fultz relieved and Delgado's sacrifice fly tied it. David Wright was intentionally walked to reload the bases and Green sliced a two-run double over left fielder Pat Burrell.

Jose Valentin was walked intentionally and Chavez followed with a two-run double off the glove of right fielder Jose Hernandez. Woodward's pinch two-run single capped the burst.

Pedro Feliciano (6-2) got the win.

Beltran's homer gave New York a 2-0 lead in the first inning. He tied his career high with 38 home runs, set in 2004 with Kansas City and Houston; his 108 RBI matched his best, done with Kansas City in 1999.

Notes

  • Lieber shut out the Mets with a five-hitter on Aug. 16.
  • Perez was the opening day pitcher for Pittsburgh each of the last two seasons.
  • Howard's grand slam was his 18th home run since the All-Star break, leading the majors.
 
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Ryan Howard hits his NL-leading 46th round-tripper -- a grand slam -- but the Phillies still fall.  (AP)
Ryan Howard hits his NL-leading 46th round-tripper -- a grand slam -- but the Phillies still fall. (AP)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

R. Howard
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 4
New York

C. Beltran
AB 3
R 3
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS5100021 .274
Shane Victorino, CF3121100 .279
Chase Utley, 2B2100101 .318
Ryan Howard, 1B4114001 .292
Pat Burrell, LF3000122 .256
Jose Hernandez, RF3000021 .268
   a- Joe Thurston, PH-RF1000010 .333
Chris Coste, C3010100 .353
Abraham Nunez, 3B4100012 .192
Jon Lieber, P2000121 .050
    Rick White, P0000000 .000
    Aaron Fultz, P0000000 .000
    Matt Smith, P0000000 .000
   b- David Dellucci, PH1000000 .319
Totals315455109 
a-struck out for Hernandez in the 8th
b-lined out for Smith in the 9th
Batting
2B - Chris Coste (8, Oliver)
HR - Ryan Howard (46, Perez)
RBI - Shane Victorino (36), Ryan Howard 4 (121)
2-OUT RBI - Shane Victorino (17), Ryan Howard 4 (41)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Rollins-Howard, Rollins-Utley-Howard, Rollins-Utley-Howard
Philadelphia Phillies
Jon Lieber 61044202 5.09
Rick White (L,2-1)0233000 5.22
Aaron Fultz (BS,1) 1344200 4.50
Matt Smith 1000000 0.00
IBB - Wright by Aaron Fultz, by Valentin
HBP - Beltran (by Rick White)
Pitches-Strikes - Jon Lieber 87-57, Rick White 6-3, Aaron Fultz 26-12, Matt Smith 11-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Lieber 10-5, Aaron Fultz 2-1, Matt Smith 2-1
Batters Faced - Jon Lieber 27, Rick White 3, Aaron Fultz 8, Matt Smith 3
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS5220003 .297
Paul Lo Duca, C5120003 .315
Carlos Beltran, CF3312101 .286
Carlos Delgado, 1B4123000 .262
David Wright, 3B4100101 .294
Shawn Green, RF4122001 .283
Jose Valentin, 2B3110101 .283
Endy Chavez, LF4142000 .307
Oliver Perez, P1000001 .115
   a- Michael Tucker, PH0000100 .250
    Darren Oliver, P0000000 .154
   b- Julio Franco, PH1000001 .274
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
   c- Chris Woodward, PH1012000 .231
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .000
Totals351115114012 
a-walked for Perez in the 5th
b-grounded into a double play for Oliver in the 6th
c-singled for Feliciano in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jose Reyes (24, Lieber), Shawn Green (23, Fultz), Endy Chavez (19, Fultz)
HR - Carlos Beltran (38, Lieber), Carlos Delgado (33, Lieber)
SF - Carlos Delgado (10)
RBI - Carlos Beltran 2 (108), Carlos Delgado 3 (91), Shawn Green 2 (54), Endy Chavez 2 (33), Chris Woodward 2 (21)
Team LOB - 6
New York Mets
Oliver Perez 5255571 6.78
Darren Oliver 1100010 2.84
Pedro Feliciano (W,6-2) 1100000 1.92
Guillermo Mota 2000020 5.62
HBP - Utley (by Oliver Perez)
Pitches-Strikes - Oliver Perez 95-50, Darren Oliver 11-10, Pedro Feliciano 10-8, Guillermo Mota 17-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Oliver Perez 5-3, Pedro Feliciano 1-2, Guillermo Mota 2-2
Batters Faced - Oliver Perez 23, Darren Oliver 4, Pedro Feliciano 4, Guillermo Mota 6
Game Information
Attendance - 47019
Game Time - 2:26
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Randy Marsh, First Base - Angel Hernandez, Second Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Third Base - Sam Holbrook