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Eaton, Phillies tame Mets for second victory of season

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- The Philadelphia Phillies hardly had to take the bats off their shoulders to beat Oliver Perez. Good thing for them, too, because they're still not hitting.

Adam Eaton pitched seven steady innings and Philadelphia walked its way to its second victory of the season, beating the New York Mets 5-2 on Wednesday night.

"We'll take 'em any way we can get 'em," manager Charlie Manuel said. "A run's a run."

The Phillies took advantage of seven early walks by Perez and avoided starting 1-7 for the first time since 1987. Still looking for their big bats to bust out, they drew 11 free passes in all but stranded 14 runners.

Philadelphia batters began the night leading the major leagues with 40 walks.

"We haven't gotten a lot of our big boys hot. When everybody gets comfortable it's all going to come together like clockwork," third baseman Wes Helms said. "The big knocks will come."

Eaton (1-1) allowed four hits and three walks in his first win with the Phillies, who drafted him 11th overall in 1996. Signed to a $24.5 million, three-year contract in the offseason, he was tagged for eight runs -- seven earned -- and seven hits over 4 2/3 innings during his first outing of the year, against Atlanta.

The right-hander struck out five and has always enjoyed facing the Mets. He improved to 4-0 with a 1.67 ERA in four career starts against New York.

"For whatever reason, I've pitched pretty well here. I don't know what it is," Eaton said. "I kind of feed off the crowd a little bit. They're a little more antagonistic."

Antonio Alfonseca worked a perfect eighth, and Tom Gordon got three outs for his first save after blowing his initial chance this season.

A lack of control was one of the reasons Perez was shipped out of Pittsburgh last year, and he couldn't find the plate again Wednesday.

"It's not like before," Perez said. "Before, I got nervous."

Perez (1-1) walked the bases loaded in the second inning before retiring Eaton to avoid any damage. But the erratic left-hander wasn't as fortunate in the third. After getting two quick outs, he gave up a single to Chase Utley and walked four straight. Perez then plunked Rod Barajas with a 2-2 pitch, making it 3-0.

"We've been playing in the cold weather all year. I don't see that as an excuse," Mets manager Willie Randolph said. "It's obviously a mechanical thing."

That was all for Perez, who matched his career high for walks and threw only 32 strikes in 73 pitches. It was a strikingly sudden loss of command. He did not walk a batter in his first start, when he pitched seven strong innings to beat Atlanta 11-1. And he walked just seven in 25 2/3 innings in spring training.

"When he had two outs there, I assumed he was going to continue to pitch well. He just lost his rhythm," Randolph said.

New York loaded the bases with none out in the fourth, but managed only one run on Moises Alou's double-play grounder. Utley made a tough play at second on Alou's hard smash and did well to turn it into two outs.

"Outstanding. Real big play in the game," Manuel said. "It just goes to show you we can play fundamentally sound."

Jose Reyes' RBI single cut it to 3-2 in the fifth, but Reyes was caught stealing on a pitchout.

Jimmy Rollins, jeered throughout New York's home opener Monday, tripled off Aaron Sele in the sixth and scored on a sacrifice fly by Shane Victorino that extended Philadelphia's lead.

Aaron Rowand's two-out RBI double in the seventh made it 5-2.

"Tonight was a perfectly played baseball game. We capitalized on their mistakes," Helms said.

Notes

  • It was the sixth time Perez has walked seven batters. The last time was June 23 last season with Pittsburgh at Dodger Stadium.
  • Mets 3B David Wright extended his hitting streak to a career-best 20 games with a single in the ninth.
  • The last time New York pitchers walked at least 11 was against the Chicago Cubs on March 31, 2003, when they issued a franchise-record 12 free passes.
  • Reyes leads the Mets with nine RBI, from the leadoff spot.
  • Ryan Howard had homered in five straight games against the Mets, including four in a row at Shea Stadium.
 
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The Mets' David Wright gets his glove on Jimmy Rollins, but fails to hold onto the ball.  (Getty Images)
The Mets' David Wright gets his glove on Jimmy Rollins, but fails to hold onto the ball. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

A. Eaton
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 2
BB 3
K 5
New York

J. Reyes
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS6110021 .250
Shane Victorino, RF4001001 .240
Chase Utley, 2B4110000 .257
Ryan Howard, 1B3200212 .200
Pat Burrell, LF2100210 .357
    Michael Bourn, LF0000100 .200
Wes Helms, 3B3011204 .238
    Antonio Alfonseca, P0000000 .000
    Tom Gordon, P0000000 .000
Aaron Rowand, CF3022212 .296
Rod Barajas, C2001203 .000
Adam Eaton, P4000018 .000
    Abraham Nunez, 3B1000001 .167
Totals32555116  
Batting
2B - Aaron Rowand (1, Sele)
3B - Jimmy Rollins (1, Sele)
SF - Shane Victorino (1)
RBI - Shane Victorino (3), Wes Helms (4), Aaron Rowand 2 (4), Rod Barajas (1)
2-OUT RBI - Wes Helms (2), Aaron Rowand 2 (3), Rod Barajas (1)
Team LOB - 14
Fielding
DP - Utley-Rollins-Howard
Philadelphia Phillies
Adam Eaton (W,1-1) 7422350 6.94
Antonio Alfonseca (H,1) 1000000 2.08
Tom Gordon (S,1) 1100020 6.00
HBP - Wright (by Adam Eaton)
WP - Adam Eaton (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Adam Eaton 103-60, Antonio Alfonseca 9-7, Tom Gordon 15-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Adam Eaton 7-7, Antonio Alfonseca 2-1, Tom Gordon 1-0
Batters Faced - Adam Eaton 27, Antonio Alfonseca 3, Tom Gordon 4
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS3021100 .333
Paul Lo Duca, C4000002 .333
Carlos Beltran, CF4110021 .310
Carlos Delgado, 1B3000121 .242
David Wright, 3B3010010 .281
Moises Alou, LF4000011 .290
Shawn Green, RF4000002 .323
Jose Valentin, 2B2110110 .172
Oliver Perez, P0000000 .250
    Aaron Sele, P1000000 .000
   a- David Newhan, PH1000001 .250
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
    Joe Smith, P0000000 .000
Totals2925137  
a-grounded out for Sele in the 7th
Batting
2B - Carlos Beltran (2, Eaton)
SH - Aaron Sele (1)
RBI - Jose Reyes (9)
SB - Jose Reyes (4, 2nd base off Eaton/Barajas)
CS - Jose Reyes (2, 2nd base by Eaton/Barajas)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - David Wright (1, Misplayed grounder)
New York Mets
Oliver Perez (L,1-1) 2.2133720 3.72
Aaron Sele 4.1422220 3.38
Pedro Feliciano 0.2000110 0.00
Joe Smith 1.1000110 0.00
IBB - Barajas by Aaron Sele
HBP - Barajas (by Oliver Perez), Utley (by Pedro Feliciano)
Pitches-Strikes - Oliver Perez 73-32, Aaron Sele 66-39, Pedro Feliciano 34-20, Joe Smith 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Oliver Perez 3-3, Aaron Sele 5-6, Pedro Feliciano 1-1, Joe Smith 2-1
Batters Faced - Oliver Perez 17, Aaron Sele 19, Pedro Feliciano 5, Joe Smith 5
Game Information
Attendance - 41927
Game Time - 3:05
Temperature - 44
Umpires - Home - Marvin Hudson, First Base - Ed Montague, Second Base - Jerry Layne, Third Base - Bill Miller