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Utley's second homer gives Phillies win over Mets in 11 innings

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NEW YORK -- Jayson Werth took a big gamble that paid off for the Philadelphia Phillies.

The right fielder saved his team with a diving catch, moments before Chase Utley's second homer of the game sent Philadelphia to a 5-4 victory over the New York Mets in 11 innings Wednesday.

With a speedy runner on first and two outs in the 10th, Werth made a sensational grab of David Wright's sinking liner in the right-center gap.

If the ball gets by him, Fernando Martinez probably scores the winning run. But rather than play it safe and glove the ball on a hop, Werth went all out.

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"It was just one of those deals where I thought it was worth it," he said. "When the ball came out of the lights I thought, ohh, it's much closer than I expected. When I dove for it, I didn't expect to catch it."

Somehow he did, and then Utley led off the 11th with his 15th home run.

His third homer in two nights that nestled into the right-field corner at spacious Citi Field came on the second pitch from Bobby Parnell (2-1), handing the hard-throwing rookie his first big league loss.

It's the only home run Parnell has allowed in 29 career innings.

"Fastball in. The pitch he was looking for," Parnell said. "He's a good hitter. That's the pitch he wanted and that's what he wanted to do with it."

Utley had a testy exchange earlier in the game with Mets starter Mike Pelfrey, who got annoyed when the slugger stepped out of the box.

"I was ready to make a pitch and he called timeout," Pelfrey said. "I got upset and told him to get in the box. I don't even know the guy. I was just trying to compete and execute a pitch.

"I got caught up in the moment. I probably shouldn't have said anything."

Utley downplayed the whole thing.

"It seemed like he got a little frustrated. I wasn't trying to frustrate him. I was just trying to have a good at-bat," Utley said.

New York built a three-run lead against World Series MVP Cole Hamels, who faced the Mets for the first time since calling them "choke artists" in the offseason -- the latest in a series of verbal barbs between the NL East rivals.

But the Phillies rallied to tie it 4-all in the seventh against Pelfrey and the New York bullpen. The Mets have lost six times this season after leading by at least three runs.

Chan Ho Park (2-1) worked two scoreless innings for the win -- with help from Werth. Subbing for injured closer Brad Lidge, Ryan Madson got three quick outs for his third save.

The Mets stranded a season-high 16 runners, eight from innings seven through 10. Still, they nearly won it in the 10th on Wright's liner.

"If he hadn't of caught it, the guy would have scored," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.

Wright, who had three hits and two stolen bases, yanked off his helmet in frustration at first base after Werth's diving catch. Wright also made a key error in the seventh.

Jimmy Rollins went 0 for 5 with an RBI for the Phillies in his return to the leadoff spot after two games batting sixth. Philadelphia is 6-3 on a 10-game trip, improving to a major league-best 22-9 away from home.

New York dropped to 18-10 at Citi Field with only its fourth loss in 16 home games. The Mets are 4-2 against Philadelphia this season, but they trail the first-place Phillies by three games.

It was Philadelphia's first win in four games at New York's new home.

"Every game we play with them is big. It's a rivalry. Everything about it is good," Manuel said. "We like to play them and they like to play us. We're pretty even teams."

Coming off a five-hit shutout of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Hamels allowed four runs in five innings. He gave up 11 hits, matching a career high.

"I have better things to worry about in my life than to worry about Cole Hamels and what he said," Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran said.

Notes

  • Pelfrey doubled off the base of the left-field fence and scored in the third, then had a bloop RBI single in a three-run fourth.
  • Utley has 17 career multihomer games, including two this season.
 
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Chase Utley takes off while keeping an eye on his second solo dinger of the game. (AP)
Chase Utley takes off while keeping an eye on his second solo dinger of the game. (AP)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

C. Utley
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 2
RBI 2
New York

D. Wright
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS5001011 .226
Shane Victorino, CF4000102 .289
Chase Utley, 2B5232001 .303
Ryan Howard, 1B5110001 .258
Raul Ibanez, LF5110000 .325
Jayson Werth, RF4110100 .261
Pedro Feliz, 3B5011001 .303
Carlos Ruiz, C4000000 .287
    Chan Ho Park, P0000000 .091
    Ryan Madson, P0000000 .000
Cole Hamels, P1000010 .143
   a- Greg Dobbs, PH1010000 .200
    Jack Taschner, P0000000 .000
   b- Paul Bako, PH1000013 .000
    Chad Durbin, P0000000 .250
    Scott Eyre, P0000000 .000
    J.C. Romero, P0000000 .000
    Chris Coste, C1010000 .239
Totals4159423  
a-singled for Hamels in the 6th
b-struck out for Taschner in the 7th
Batting
HR - Chase Utley 2 (15, Pelfrey, Parnell)
RBI - Jimmy Rollins (21), Chase Utley 2 (41), Pedro Feliz (30)
SB - Shane Victorino (10, 2nd base off Pelfrey/Santos)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Feliz-Utley-Howard
Philadelphia Phillies
Cole Hamels 51144210 4.62
Jack Taschner 1000000 3.74
Chad Durbin 0.2100200 4.31
Scott Eyre 0.1000010 2.63
J.C. Romero 1100110 0.00
Chan Ho Park (W,2-1) 2300020 6.50
Ryan Madson (S,3) 1000000 2.15
IBB - Church by Chad Durbin
Pitches-Strikes - Cole Hamels 100-66, Jack Taschner 13-8, Chad Durbin 20-9, Scott Eyre 5-3, J.C. Romero 25-10, Chan Ho Park 37-22, Ryan Madson 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cole Hamels 8-5, Jack Taschner 2-1, Chad Durbin 1-1, J.C. Romero 1-1, Chan Ho Park 3-1, Ryan Madson 3-0
Batters Faced - Cole Hamels 27, Jack Taschner 3, Chad Durbin 5, Scott Eyre 1, J.C. Romero 5, Chan Ho Park 9, Ryan Madson 3
New York Mets
Luis Castillo, 2B6021002 .271
Alex Cora, SS5012100 .297
Carlos Beltran, CF6020012 .342
Gary Sheffield, LF5010014 .258
    Francisco Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
   a- Fernando Martinez, PH1010000 .222
    Bobby Parnell, P0000000 .000
David Wright, 3B5130103 .354
Fernando Tatis, 1B5000002 .264
Ryan Church, RF3100311 .272
Omir Santos, C5130014 .277
    Wilson Valdez, PR0000000 .200
    Brian Schneider, C1000000 .212
Mike Pelfrey, P3121003 .150
    Sean Green, P0000000 .000
   b- Daniel Murphy, PH1000013 .244
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
    Jeremy Reed, LF1010000 .323
Totals47416455  
a-singled for Rodriguez in the 10th
b-struck out for Green in the 7th
Batting
2B - Mike Pelfrey (1, Hamels)
SH - Fernando Tatis (1)
RBI - Luis Castillo (14), Alex Cora 2 (8), Mike Pelfrey (3)
SB - Alex Cora (5, 2nd base off Hamels/Ruiz), David Wright 2 (16, 2nd base off Hamels/Ruiz, 2nd base off Hamels/Ruiz)
Team LOB - 16
Fielding
DP - Castillo-Cora-Tatis, Tatis
E - David Wright (8, Misplayed grounder)
New York Mets
Mike Pelfrey 6642121 4.68
Sean Green (BS,2) 1100010 5.47
Pedro Feliciano 1000000 2.16
Francisco Rodriguez 2100000 0.61
Bobby Parnell (L,2-1) 1111101 2.25
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Pelfrey 105-67, Sean Green 18-11, Pedro Feliciano 9-6, Francisco Rodriguez 21-14, Bobby Parnell 17-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Pelfrey 12-3, Sean Green 3-0, Pedro Feliciano 1-2, Francisco Rodriguez 2-3, Bobby Parnell 1-2
Batters Faced - Mike Pelfrey 24, Sean Green 5, Pedro Feliciano 3, Francisco Rodriguez 6, Bobby Parnell 5
Game Information
Attendance - 38723
Game Time - 3:48
Temperature - 63
Umpires - Home - Randy Marsh, First Base - Dan Iassogna, Second Base - Mike Winters, Third Base - Lance Barksdale