|N.Y. Mets (44-33) «||0||1||1||0||1||0||2||0||0||5||10||1|
Damion Easley also connected for the NL East-leading Mets, who moved five games ahead of the Phillies.
Maine (9-4) allowed two runs -- one earned -- and four hits in eight-plus innings to improve to 4-0 with a 2.13 ERA in six career starts against Philadelphia. He struck out six and had no walks.
The Phillies entered the day leading the NL in runs scored and also led the league last year. But they can't figure out Maine.
"I don't know the answer to that," Maine said when asked about his mastery of the Phillies. "I just have to go out there and pitch."
Billy Wagner relieved Maine after Jimmy Rollins led off the ninth with a double. He allowed an RBI single to Chase Utley, and walked Ryan Howard. With two on and two outs, he faced Pat Burrell as the tying run and struck him out swinging.
The last time Wagner faced Burrell, the slugger hit a game-tying home run in the ninth inning. Philadelphia went on to win that game 6-3 in 10 innings to finish off a three-game sweep at Shea Stadium earlier this month.
The injury-riddled Phillies are using three rookie pitchers in this pivotal four-game series. They were counting on a strong outing from ace Cole Hamels against Maine, but he struggled in his third bid to win his 10th game.
Hamels (9-4) gave up three runs and five hits in five innings, tying a career-high with five walks.
"At times, he was overthrowing," manager Charlie Manuel said.
Home plate umpire Ron Kulpa issued a warning to both teams after Hamels' pitch nearly hit Reyes.
Beltran homered leading off the third to make it 2-0. After Utley's sacrifice fly in the fourth cut it to 2-1, Beltran connected again for a 3-1 lead in the fifth.
Easley hit a two-run shot to straightaway center off Geoff Geary in the seventh.
Beltran was robbed of extra bases in the sixth when right fielder Michael Bourn made an outstanding running catch on his hard liner. Bourn also robbed Maine with an excellent play earlier.
"We feel good about ourselves," Beltran said. "We know the Phillies are contenders. This is a real important series."
The Phillies have lost Jon Lieber (foot) and two-time All-Star Freddy Garcia (shoulder), both likely for the season, and closer Tom Gordon (shoulder) and starter-turned-closer Brett Myers (shoulder) remain sidelined.
|John Maine continues his dominance over Philly, with six K's to improve to 4-0 in six career starts. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|New York Mets|
|Jose Reyes, SS||4||0||2||0||2||2||0||.319|
|Paul Lo Duca, C||4||0||1||0||1||0||4||.281|
|Carlos Beltran, CF||5||2||2||2||0||1||5||.268|
|David Wright, 3B||3||1||1||0||2||2||0||.289|
|Carlos Delgado, 1B||3||0||0||0||2||1||4||.228|
|Damion Easley, 2B||4||1||2||2||1||1||6||.257|
|Shawn Green, RF||5||1||1||0||0||0||3||.276|
|Carlos Gomez, LF||4||0||1||0||1||0||1||.269|
|John Maine, P||4||0||0||0||0||2||3||.107|
|Billy Wagner, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|2B - Paul Lo Duca (9, Romero), David Wright (20, Geary)|
|HR - Carlos Beltran 2 (12, Hamels, Hamels), Damion Easley (8, Geary)|
|RBI - Carlos Beltran 2 (46), Damion Easley 2 (20)|
|SB - Jose Reyes (39, 2nd base off Hamels/Ruiz), Shawn Green (6, 2nd base off Hamels/Ruiz), Carlos Gomez (9, 2nd base off Sanches/Ruiz)|
|CS - Carlos Gomez (2, 3rd base by Sanches/Ruiz)|
|Team LOB - 14|
|E - Paul Lo Duca (5, Throwing)|
|New York Mets|
|John Maine (W,9-4)||8||4||2||1||0||6||0||2.74|
|Pitches-Strikes - John Maine 101-63, Billy Wagner 23-15|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Maine 8-10|
|Batters Faced - John Maine 28, Billy Wagner 5|
|Jimmy Rollins, SS||4||1||1||0||0||1||0||.286|
|Michael Bourn, RF||3||1||1||0||0||0||0||.288|
|a- Chris Coste, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.375|
|Chase Utley, 2B||3||0||2||2||0||0||0||.331|
|Ryan Howard, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||1||1||.245|
|Aaron Rowand, CF||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.313|
|Pat Burrell, LF||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.203|
|Abraham Nunez, 3B||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.266|
|Geoff Geary, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|J.C. Romero, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Shane Victorino, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.267|
|Brian Sanches, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Carlos Ruiz, C||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.277|
|Cole Hamels, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.189|
|Greg Dobbs, 3B||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.291|
|a-popped out for Bourn in the 9th|
|b-singled for Romero in the 8th|
|2B - Jimmy Rollins (20, Maine), Chase Utley (31, Maine)|
|SF - Chase Utley (5)|
|RBI - Chase Utley 2 (66)|
|SB - Michael Bourn (13, 3rd base off Maine/Lo Duca)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|Cole Hamels (L,9-4)||5||5||3||3||5||5||2||3.87|
|IBB - Wright by J.C. Romero, Reyes by Brian Sanches|
|HBP - Maine (by Geoff Geary)|
|WP - Cole Hamels (4)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Cole Hamels 106-68, Geoff Geary 33-24, J.C. Romero 25-13, Brian Sanches 13-4|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cole Hamels 5-5, Geoff Geary 2-3|
|Batters Faced - Cole Hamels 25, Geoff Geary 11, J.C. Romero 6, Brian Sanches 4|
|Attendance - 45165|
|Game Time - 2:50|
|Temperature - 73|
|Umpires - Home - Ron Kulpa, First Base - Dale Scott, Second Base - Dan Iassogna, Third Base - Chad Fairchild|