New York at Philadelphia

Scoreboard
N.Y. Mets (42-44)000020000240
Philadelphia (48-39) «000002001380

Victorino sends Phillies home with dramatic win over Mets

CBSSports.com wire reports
  •  

PHILADELPHIA -- Shane Victorino slapped his hands together after rounding first base, pumped his fist and braced himself for a beating.

A game-ending hit can be a painful experience sometimes.

Victorino's two-out RBI single in the ninth inning lifted the Philadelphia Phillies over the New York Mets 3-2 on Friday night.

Duaner Sanchez (3-1) retired the first two batters before Pedro Feliz doubled to left field. Victorino followed with a liner to right on a 1-2 pitch to score Feliz and send a sellout crowd into a frenzy.

The dugout emptied quickly and swarmed Victorino.

"(Kyle) Kendrick got me a few times, so he better watch out next time I have a chance to get him," Victorino said. "It felt good to get the win."

The NL East-leading Phillies have won four straight after losing 13 of 18.

Brad Lidge (2-0) pitched a perfect ninth and Philadelphia's stellar bullpen tossed 4 1/3 scoreless innings. Chad Durbin retired the seven batters he faced, striking out six, after replacing starter J.A. Happ in the fifth. Ryan Madson threw a scoreless eighth.

Johan Santana again had nothing to show for a strong outing. Santana gave up two runs and six hits in eight innings. The two-time AL Cy Young Award winner is 0-4 in his last six starts despite a 2.48 ERA in that span.

Santana threw just 95 pitches and wouldn't have minded staying in to pitch the ninth.

"I'm not trying to be a hero," he said. "I guess things didn't turn out good."

The inconsistent Mets fell 5½ games behind the Phillies, though both teams know that's a short lead in July.

The Phillies battled the Mets to the final day of the regular season last year, overtaking New York to win their first division title in 14 years. The Mets had a seven-game lead with 17 remaining, before their historic collapse.

"We haven't been able to find a way to win these close games," third baseman David Wright said. "We had chances but we couldn't get the job done."

New York backed Santana with two runs in the fifth but the Phillies tied it in the sixth. Jayson Werth and Chase Utley hit one-out singles. After Jimmy Rollins flied out, Ryan Howard and Pat Burrell delivered back-to-back RBI singles.

Happ allowed two runs and three hits in 4 2/3 innings in his second career start. Happ was called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to replace opening-day starter Brett Myers, who was demoted this week after struggling all season.

The left-hander's only other start came against the Mets last year. He gave up five runs in four innings and took the loss.

"He hung in there. He battled," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "He's improved a lot since last year. He has a better fastball. With more seasoning, his command will get better."

Happ ran into trouble in the fifth. Damion Easley led off with a single and Ramon Castro followed with a ground-rule double to right. After Chris Aguila walked to load the bases, Santana fouled out. Jose Reyes then hit into a fielder's choice, beating out the relay throw from second to give the Mets a 1-0 lead.

Happ then walked Endy Chavez to reload the bases and walked Wright to force in the second run after barely missing on an 0-2 pitch that would've ended the inning. Durbin came in and fanned Carlos Beltran to strand three runners.

"I might have tried to do too much that inning," Happ said. "I was close. I kept us in there. Chad Durbin did a great job. That's why they're the best bullpen in the league."

Notes

  • Manuel juggled his starting lineup so left-handed hitters Utley and Howard wouldn't bat back-to-back against the Mets' lefty-rich staff. Utley moved up to the No. 2 spot with Rollins going from leadoff to No. 3 and Howard stayed in the cleanup slot.
  • Santana has never lost five straight decisions.
 
Copyright 2014 by STATS LLC and The Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and The Associated Press is strictly prohibited.
 
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
COMMENTS
Conversation powered by Livefyre
Shane Victorino (8) and the Phillies celebrate the Fourth of July in style with a dramatic victory.  (AP)
Shane Victorino (8) and the Phillies celebrate the Fourth of July in style with a dramatic victory. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

J. Santana
IP 8.0
H 6
ER 2
BB 0
K 6
Philadelphia

C. Durbin
IP 2.1
H 0
ER 0
BB 0
K 6
 

Related Video

November 11, 2014
Mark Sanchez is back (1:52)
November 11, 2014
Boomer & Carton: Sanchez looking good
(3:18)
November 9, 2014
TOPS: Bart Scott talks Mark Sanchez
(2:49)
November 7, 2014
Trent Cole talks Eagles football
(5:04)
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS3001110 .292
Endy Chavez, RF-LF3010100 .253
David Wright, 3B3001101 .290
Carlos Beltran, CF4000025 .262
Carlos Delgado, 1B4000031 .235
Damion Easley, 2B4110000 .276
Ramon Castro, C3120010 .273
   a- Ryan Church, PH-RF1000000 .307
Chris Aguila, LF2000111 .111
   b- Marlon Anderson, PH1000000 .200
    Brian Schneider, C0000000 .255
Johan Santana, P3000013 .135
    Duaner Sanchez, P0000000 .000
Totals3124249  
a-popped out for Castro in the 9th
b-grounded out for Aguila in the 9th
Batting
2B - Ramon Castro (5, Happ)
RBI - Jose Reyes (38), David Wright (66)
2-OUT RBI - David Wright (31)
SB - Jose Reyes (29, 3rd base off Happ/Coste)
Team LOB - 6
New York Mets
Johan Santana 8622060 2.96
Duaner Sanchez (L,3-1) 0.2211020 3.96
Pitches-Strikes - Johan Santana 95-69, Duaner Sanchez 16-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Johan Santana 9-9
Batters Faced - Johan Santana 30, Duaner Sanchez 4
Philadelphia Phillies
Jayson Werth, RF4120010 .273
Chase Utley, 2B4110010 .299
Jimmy Rollins, SS4000003 .272
Ryan Howard, 1B4021011 .223
Pat Burrell, LF4011011 .278
Pedro Feliz, 3B4110002 .266
Shane Victorino, CF4011000 .265
Chris Coste, C3000010 .310
J.A. Happ, P1000010 .000
    Chad Durbin, P1000010 .167
   a- Eric Bruntlett, PH1000010 .237
    Ryan Madson, P0000000 .000
    Brad Lidge, P0000000 .000
Totals3438308  
a-struck out for Durbin in the 7th
Batting
2B - Pedro Feliz (17, Sanchez)
RBI - Ryan Howard (73), Pat Burrell (53), Shane Victorino (23)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Howard (29), Pat Burrell (26), Shane Victorino (9)
Team LOB - 5
Philadelphia Phillies
J.A. Happ 4.2322430 3.86
Chad Durbin 2.1000060 1.50
Ryan Madson 1100000 3.07
Brad Lidge (W,2-0) 1000000 0.77
Pitches-Strikes - J.A. Happ 96-54, Chad Durbin 35-22, Ryan Madson 14-10, Brad Lidge 5-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J.A. Happ 3-8, Chad Durbin 1-0, Ryan Madson 2-1, Brad Lidge 2-1
Batters Faced - J.A. Happ 21, Chad Durbin 7, Ryan Madson 4, Brad Lidge 3
Game Information
Attendance - 44922
Game Time - 2:34
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Ron Kulpa, First Base - Dan Iassogna, Second Base - Bill Hohn, Third Base - Dale Scott