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Mets can't catch Chase, Phillies after 11th-inning homer

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NEW YORK -- Chase Utley is drawing raves from his manager that were previously reserved for a cherished Hall of Famer.

The quiet star hit a leadoff homer in the 11th inning and drove in three runs, sending the Philadelphia Phillies to a 4-2 victory over the New York Mets on Tuesday night.

"What do you want me to say about him? I can't say enough," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "He is something really special. He's what I call a player. I used to say Kirby Puckett was my favorite player. I love Kirby Puckett, but Chase is getting there."

Utley's opposite-field shot to left off Pedro Feliciano (1-1) was the first homer the left-hander has allowed this season. The normally reliable reliever was charged with another run, too, increasing his ERA from 0.90 to 1.80 in 24 appearances.

"This time, he got me," Feliciano said, adding that he shook off catcher Paul Lo Duca's sign for a slider and served up a sinker instead. "He had a good swing. It was a little up."

Left-handed hitters were 2-for-23 with eight strikeouts against Feliciano this season before Utley's homer and Ryan Howard's single off the right-field fence.

Howard finished with three hits and Utley was 3-for-4 with a double off the wall and a two-run single for the Phillies (29-29), who were coming off a 2-5 homestand. Philadelphia began the day leading the NL in runs (289) but was ranked last in ERA (4.79).

Soft tossers Tom Glavine and Jamie Moyer offset each other for seven quick innings, both leaving with the score tied at 2 in the second matchup this season between the fortysomething lefties.

"They know how to win," Moyer said, pointing to the Mets' consistency the past two seasons. "Hopefully, it's something we can model."

Lo Duca had a two-run single for the NL East leaders. All-Star center fielder Carlos Beltran was back in the lineup for the first time since bruising his right knee last Thursday night in a collision at first base.

Beltran looked comfortable tracking fly balls all night but went 0-for-5 at the plate.

Geoff Geary (1-1) worked a scoreless inning and Antonio Alfonseca got three outs for his second save.

"They certainly are a team in our division that we respect and expect to be in the thick of things all season," Glavine said. "Because they started the season poorly, you can't write them off."

After Utley's homer, the Phillies loaded the bases with no outs and added an insurance run when Abraham Nunez ended an 0-for-18 skid with an RBI single off Joe Smith.

Trying for his 296th win, Glavine again was thwarted by a lack of run support and a few soft hits. He is 0-2 with a 3.15 ERA in his past three starts.

"It's hard going out there and pitching well and not getting results," Glavine said. "You just keep plugging along and keep us in the game."

The Phillies mounted a rally with two outs and none on in the third. Jimmy Rollins reached on an infield single and advanced to third on Shane Victorino's bloop double. Utley's two-run single tied it.

An embarrassing blunder on the bases by Pat Burrell cost the Phillies in the sixth. He raced from first to third on Aaron Rowand's single to right, but Utley had been held at third, so Burrell got caught in a rundown and was tagged for the second out.

"I've never seen a guy slide twice into third base," Utley said with a smile.

Added Howard: "I don't think people are going to let that go anytime soon. Somebody asked me earlier, what was the oddest thing I've ever seen in baseball. That might be it."

An angry Burrell fired his helmet into the dugout from the top of the steps, while the hectic play left a winded Lo Duca smiling as he walked back behind the plate.

"You can laugh about it now because we won, but that's a terrible play," Burrell said. "You can't get caught like that. You can't assume he sent the runner."

Instead of having the bases loaded with one out, Philadelphia had runners on second and third with two outs. Nunez then grounded out.

Jose Reyes got his major league-leading 31st stolen base in the seventh, the first steal the Phillies allowed in three weeks. But he tried to take off for third, too, and was tagged out in a rundown after Moyer whirled around and trapped him.

"That was a big play in the game," Manuel said.

With Damion Easley on second, Beltran flied out to the left-field wall, ending the inning.

"It wasn't like we played a perfect game, but we fought 'em all the way," Manuel said. "When our bullpen pitches like that, we're in business."

Notes

  • Glavine went 2-for-2 at the plate with two singles, raising his batting average from .227 to .292.
  • Mets 2B Jose Valentin (right knee) homered and scored four times in his second rehab game for Class-A St. Lucie. He drove in three runs.
  • Glavine beat Moyer 5-3 on April 12 at Shea Stadium.
  • The Phillies improved to 2-5 in extra innings and 7-16 in games started by opposing left-handers.
  • The Mets are 3-4 on their nine-game homestand.
 
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Phillies second baseman Chase Utley watches his decisive homer head for the bleachers.  (AP)
Phillies second baseman Chase Utley watches his decisive homer head for the bleachers. (AP)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

C. Utley
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
Philadelphia

S. Victorino
AB 5
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS5120010 .273
Shane Victorino, RF5110011 .270
Chase Utley, 2B4133100 .311
Ryan Howard, 1B5030002 .231
    Michael Bourn, PR-LF0100000 .257
Pat Burrell, LF4010113 .224
    Adam Eaton, PR0000000 .154
    Antonio Alfonseca, P0000000 .000
Aaron Rowand, CF4020001 .322
Abraham Nunez, 3B5011024 .268
Carlos Ruiz, C5000002 .261
Jamie Moyer, P3000010 .167
    Ryan Madson, P0000000 .000
   a- Greg Dobbs, PH1000000 .276
    Geoff Geary, P0000000 .000
   b- Wes Helms, PH-1B1000002 .254
Totals42413426  
a-grounded out for Madson in the 10th
b-grounded out for Geary in the 11th
Batting
2B - Shane Victorino (11, Glavine), Chase Utley (25, Glavine), Aaron Rowand (15, Wagner)
HR - Chase Utley (11, Feliciano)
RBI - Chase Utley 3 (47), Abraham Nunez (11)
2-OUT RBI - Chase Utley 2 (17)
SB - Michael Bourn (8, 2nd base off Smith/Lo Duca)
CS - Jimmy Rollins (2, 2nd base by Glavine/Lo Duca)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Aaron Rowand (1, Dropped fly)
Philadelphia Phillies
Jamie Moyer 7822210 4.08
Ryan Madson 2000120 3.55
Geoff Geary (W,1-1) 1100000 3.45
Antonio Alfonseca (S,2) 1100000 4.07
IBB - Reyes by Ryan Madson
WP - Jamie Moyer (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jamie Moyer 101-60, Ryan Madson 25-16, Geoff Geary 18-11, Antonio Alfonseca 12-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jamie Moyer 8-11, Ryan Madson 2-3, Antonio Alfonseca 3-0
Batters Faced - Jamie Moyer 30, Ryan Madson 8, Geoff Geary 4, Antonio Alfonseca 4
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS4010103 .315
Damion Easley, 2B4020102 .256
Carlos Beltran, CF5000004 .290
Carlos Delgado, 1B4100103 .222
David Wright, 3B5120001 .275
Paul Lo Duca, C5022001 .310
Ben Johnson, LF3000002 .125
   a- Endy Chavez, PH-LF2000010 .294
Carlos Gomez, RF5000012 .200
Tom Glavine, P2020000 .292
   b- Ruben Gotay, PH1000010 .308
    Scott Schoeneweis, P0000000 .000
    Billy Wagner, P0000000 .000
   c- David Newhan, PH1000000 .196
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .000
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
    Joe Smith, P0000000 .000
   d- Julio Franco, PH1010000 .189
Totals42210233  
a-struck out for Johnson in the 9th
b-struck out for Glavine in the 7th
c-flied out for Wagner in the 9th
d-singled for Smith in the 11th
Batting
2B - David Wright (14, Moyer)
SH - Jose Reyes (1)
RBI - Paul Lo Duca 2 (16)
SB - Jose Reyes (31, 2nd base off Moyer/Ruiz), David Wright (12, 2nd base off Geary/Ruiz)
CS - Jose Reyes (8, 3rd base by Moyer/Ruiz)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Carlos Gomez 1
DP - Delgado-Reyes, Reyes-Lo Duca-Delgado
New York Mets
Tom Glavine 7822140 3.36
Scott Schoeneweis 1000100 5.66
Billy Wagner 1100010 1.44
Guillermo Mota 1000010 5.40
Pedro Feliciano (L,1-1)0222001 1.80
Joe Smith 1200000 1.40
HBP - Rowand (by Joe Smith)
Pitches-Strikes - Tom Glavine 97-62, Scott Schoeneweis 10-4, Billy Wagner 11-9, Guillermo Mota 12-9, Pedro Feliciano 5-2, Joe Smith 22-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tom Glavine 8-7, Scott Schoeneweis 2-0, Guillermo Mota 1-1, Joe Smith 2-0
Batters Faced - Tom Glavine 28, Scott Schoeneweis 3, Billy Wagner 4, Guillermo Mota 3, Pedro Feliciano 2, Joe Smith 5
Game Information
Attendance - 43078
Game Time - 3:21
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Ed Montague, First Base - Bill Miller, Second Base - Marvin Hudson, Third Base - Jerry Layne