New York at Philadelphia

N.Y. Mets
W: P. Martinez (3-2) L: A. Eaton (3-7)
S: B. Wagner (20)
HR: NYM - D. Wright (17)   PHI - C. Utley (25), P. Burrell (22), R. Howard (24), G. Jenkins (7)

Mets avoid loss despite late meltdown against Phils wire reports

PHILADELPHIA -- Pedro Martinez and the New York Mets appeared to be cruising to a win that would move them above .500 for the first time in more than a month.

Nothing comes easy for the Mets in Philadelphia.

Martinez pitched effectively into the sixth inning then watched the Mets give back nearly all of a nine-run lead before holding on for a 10-9 victory over the Phillies on Monday night.

David Wright homered and drove in four runs as the Mets built a 10-1 lead going into the bottom of the sixth. But three relievers, including closer Billy Wagner, combined to nearly blow it.

"I was going, 'Wow, what's going on,"' said Mets manager Jerry Manuel, who was ejected in the seventh inning on a disputed home run call.

The Mets had a 10-7 lead heading into the ninth, but Wagner, who blew a save in the Mets' win Sunday, gave up a two-out RBI single to Pedro Feliz, scoring Shane Victorino. Eric Bruntlett, who had walked, also came around to score on a throwing error by center fielder Carlos Beltran. Jayson Werth hit a soft liner to right, ending the comeback and giving Wagner his 20th save in 26 opportunities.

"You can never let down with this team," Wagner said. "They make you earn it."

Endy Chavez, Damion Easley and Fernando Tatis had three hits each for the Mets (45-44), who last had a winning record on June 5 (30-29). New York tied its season high with 17 hits and wound up taking three of the last four games from the Phillies to move within 2½ games of the NL East leaders. The Mets haven't been 2½ games out of first place since May 20.

"Were back in the race," Manuel said.

Martinez (3-2) turned in one of his more effective performances of the season by allowing only five hits and two earned runs in 5 1/3 innings.

"I got a lot of breaks and got a big lead early," Martinez said. "That gives you confidence. Just get it over and pretty soon they're swinging at everything you throw."

Philadelphia right-hander Adam Eaton (3-7) entered the game with a 5-0 career record against the Mets, but he was touched for 10 hits and eight runs -- six earned -- in 2 2/3 innings, his shortest outing of the season.

"I either pitch well or I pitch bad," Eaton said. "I can't seem to get something in between."

The Mets scored two runs in the first and three apiece in the second and third to take an 8-0 lead.

Chase Utley, Pat Burrell, Ryan Howard and Geoff Jenkins homered for the Phillies, who swept the Braves on the road for the second time this season and won the opener against the Mets before dropping three in a row.

"We keep battling and keep fighting," Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel said. "When you're trying to catch up from a big deficit, it's hard."

Utley hit a solo homer in the fourth, his major league-leading 25th of the season, which cut the lead to 8-1.

Wright spoiled the major league debut of Philadelphia reliever R.J. Swindle on his 25th birthday with a solo homer to left, leading off the sixth. Burrell added a solo shot in the sixth, his 22nd of the season.

Howard hit a two-run homer to right in the seventh off Tony Armas, which was initially called a ground-rule double because a fan reached over the right-field wall and touched the ball. The four umpires convened and ruled the ball would have left the park had the fan not interfered. Television replays were inconclusive.

Manuel disputed the reversal and was ejected.

"It was not a home run," he said. "It seemed like nobody really knew what it was."

Manuel was also ejected -- as the Mets bench coach -- earlier in the season when the umpires overturned a homer by Carlos Delgado at Yankee Stadium.

Howard's homer made it 10-5.

Jenkins had a pinch-hit two-run homer in the eighth off Aaron Heilman. It was the second pinch homer this season for Jenkins, who snapped an 0-for-11 streak.


  • Easley extended his hitting streak to nine with an RBI single in the first.
  • Howard singled in the second, upping his hitting streak to a season-high 10.
  • Philadelphia right-hander Brett Myers made his second start for Triple-A Lehigh Valley, giving up seven hits and three runs -- two earned -- in 7 1/3 innings. He struck out six and walked two.
  • Jimmy Rollins stole his 36th consecutive base in the fifth, dating to Aug. 31, 2007. He's 22-for-22 this season.
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The Mets are all on hand to congratulate David Wright (four RBI) after his solo shot in the sixth inning.  (AP)
The Mets are all on hand to congratulate David Wright (four RBI) after his solo shot in the sixth inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

D. Wright
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1

R. Howard
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1

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New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS4220100 .299
Endy Chavez, RF5232010 .269
David Wright, 3B5124012 .288
Carlos Beltran, CF5110002 .263
Damion Easley, 2B5031000 .295
Carlos Delgado, 1B5120023 .239
Fernando Tatis, LF4130102 .289
Brian Schneider, C5101016 .255
Pedro Martinez, P4111011 .167
    Tony Armas, P0000000 .000
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
   a- Argenis Reyes, PH1000000 .000
    Billy Wagner, P0000000 .000
a-grounded out for Heilman in the 9th
2B - David Wright (22, Eaton), Carlos Delgado (16, Eaton)
HR - David Wright (17, Swindle)
RBI - Endy Chavez 2 (10), David Wright 4 (70), Damion Easley (21), Brian Schneider (19), Pedro Martinez (2)
2-OUT RBI - Endy Chavez 2 (7), David Wright 2 (33), Damion Easley (8), Pedro Martinez (1)
SB - Jose Reyes (32, 2nd base off Eaton/Coste)
Team LOB - 8
E - Carlos Beltran (2, Throwing)
New York Mets
Pedro Martinez (W,3-2) 5.1522362 6.86
Tony Armas 1.1333021 7.56
Aaron Heilman 1.1222041 4.89
Billy Wagner (S,20) 1221110 2.50
WP - Tony Armas (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Pedro Martinez 105-64, Tony Armas 28-18, Aaron Heilman 31-21, Billy Wagner 23-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Pedro Martinez 6-4, Tony Armas 2-0
Batters Faced - Pedro Martinez 24, Tony Armas 7, Aaron Heilman 6, Billy Wagner 6
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS5120010 .272
Shane Victorino, CF5221001 .270
Chase Utley, 2B3111011 .294
    Eric Bruntlett, 2B1100101 .234
Ryan Howard, 1B4122112 .226
Pat Burrell, LF5111024 .277
Greg Dobbs, 3B4010021 .322
   a- Pedro Feliz, PH1011000 .264
Jayson Werth, RF3110212 .277
Chris Coste, C4000036 .292
Adam Eaton, P0000000 .179
    Clay Condrey, P1000010 .000
   b- So Taguchi, PH1000010 .200
    R.J. Swindle, P1000000 .000
   c- Geoff Jenkins, PH1112000 .237
    J.C. Romero, P0000000 .000
a-singled for Dobbs in the 9th
b-struck out for Condrey in the 5th
c-homered for Swindle in the 8th
2B - Shane Victorino 2 (16, Armas, Wagner), Greg Dobbs (6, P. Martinez)
HR - Chase Utley (25, P. Martinez), Ryan Howard (24, Armas), Pat Burrell (22, P. Martinez), Geoff Jenkins (7, Heilman)
RBI - Shane Victorino (24), Chase Utley (68), Ryan Howard 2 (78), Pat Burrell (54), Pedro Feliz (43), Geoff Jenkins 2 (24)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Howard 2 (31), Pedro Feliz (14), Geoff Jenkins 2 (12)
SB - Jimmy Rollins (22, 2nd base off P. Martinez/Schneider)
Team LOB - 7
Outfield Assists - Pat Burrell 1, Shane Victorino 1
E - Greg Dobbs (1, Misplayed grounder)
Philadelphia Phillies
Adam Eaton (L,3-7) 2.21086110 5.20
Clay Condrey 2.1200010 3.93
R.J. Swindle 3422131 6.00
J.C. Romero 1100010 2.29
Pitches-Strikes - Adam Eaton 68-41, Clay Condrey 37-26, R.J. Swindle 53-36, J.C. Romero 9-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Adam Eaton 7-1, Clay Condrey 5-1, J.C. Romero 1-0
Batters Faced - Adam Eaton 20, Clay Condrey 9, R.J. Swindle 13, J.C. Romero 3
Game Information
Attendance - 44655
Game Time - 3:37
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Dale Scott, First Base - Ron Kulpa, Second Base - Dan Iassogna, Third Base - Bill Hohn