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Howard homers twice, Lee brilliant again as Phillies down Mets

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NEW YORK -- Ryan Howard's power. Cliff Lee's pitching. The Philadelphia Phillies appear to have all the pieces in place for another World Series run.

Howard homered twice and drove in five runs, Lee won his eighth straight start and Philadelphia beat the New York Mets 6-2 on Monday.

Lee (5-0) did not allow an earned run in seven innings, lowering his ERA with the Phillies to 0.68 in five outings since he was acquired in a July 29 trade with Cleveland. His record is 12-9 overall.

"He makes us real good," manager Charlie Manuel said. "We've got some top-notch left-handed pitchers. I kind of like that. Definitely the best rotation that we've had since I've been here."

  Wagner makes demands | Francoeur sidelined | Santana to miss start

New York's rotation took a hit after the game: Johan Santana was scratched from Tuesday night's scheduled start in Florida because of discomfort in his pitching elbow.

"He has not been throwing between starts for quite awhile. I would say since before the All-Star break. He has been pitching with this problem, but not with the level of discomfort he has now," manager Jerry Manuel said. "Now, it concerns him."

The ace left-hander will be examined Tuesday by Mets medical director Dr. David Altchek, and Nelson Figueroa will start against the Marlins.

One day after second baseman Eric Bruntlett became the second major leaguer to end a game with an unassisted triple play, the Phillies beat their injury-riddled rivals in more conventional fashion.

Lee, last year's AL Cy Young Award winner, yielded six hits and no walks against a light-hitting lineup that featured Fernando Tatis (six homers) in the cleanup spot. The left-hander struck out five.

"Whenever he's on the bump, you feel pretty confident," Howard said.

The Phillies said Lee became the first pitcher to win his first five starts with the team since Marty Bystrom in September 1980, according to research by the Elias Sports Bureau.

"It was already an unbelievable team before I got here. That's made it easy for me," Lee said. "It's been a pretty smooth transition."

Philadelphia took the final three in a four-game series and won for the 11th time in 13 games overall, increasing its NL East lead to seven games over idle Atlanta.

The defending World Series champions are 40-21 on the road, the best mark in the majors. They have won 14 of their last 20 away from home.

Incredibly, the fourth-place Mets received more bad injury news. In addition to Santana, right fielder Jeff Francoeur, the team's most productive hitter of late, sat out with a torn ligament in his left thumb. New York said he is day to day.

Bobby Parnell (3-6) made his fourth start for the Mets after spending the first four months of the season in the bullpen. Roughed up in his previous outing against Atlanta, the rookie right-hander got himself in trouble right away.

Parnell hit leadoff batter Shane Victorino with a 2-2 pitch and walked Chase Utley with one out. On an inside-out swing, Howard drove a 2-2 delivery to the opposite field, putting Philadelphia up 3-0.

"I told him one of these days if he ever gets strong, he's going to be a pretty good hitter," Charlie Manuel said, joking.

It was the third time in two days that the Phillies hit a three-run homer in the first inning. Jayson Werth and Carlos Ruiz connected Sunday off Oliver Perez.

The home run also pushed Howard past 100 RBI, giving him four straight seasons with at least 30 homers and 100 RBI. The only other Phillies player to accomplish that was Hall of Famer Chuck Klein from 1929-32.

Howard added a two-run drive off Parnell in the third, sending a full-count pitch into the front row of the second deck in right for his 21st career multihomer game and fourth this season.

"I'm just scrambling a little to get back to my groove as a starter," said Parnell, who filled that role in the minors.

Angel Pagan scored on a wacky play leading off the bottom of the first. His routine popup to second was dropped by Utley, who then made a wild throw to second that allowed Pagan to circle the bases.

Utley was charged with two errors on the play. The previous day, Pagan led off the first inning with an inside-the-park homer.

Raul Ibanez added an RBI double in the ninth off Pedro Feliciano. Chan Ho Park and Brad Lidge each worked a perfect inning to finish it for Lee.

Notes

  • Mets reliever Billy Wagner made his second appearance since returning sooner than expected from elbow ligament replacement surgery last September. The left-hander struck out two in a hitless eighth.
  • Ruiz and Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins were rested. Rollins flied out as a pinch hitter in the ninth and stayed in the game. Bruntlett started at SS.
  • RHP Brett Myers (hip surgery) was scheduled to pitch one inning in a rehab assignment for Class A Lakewood.
 
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Ryan Howard watches one of his two homers sail out during his five-RBI day.  (AP)
Ryan Howard watches one of his two homers sail out during his five-RBI day. (AP)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

R. Howard
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 5
Philadelphia

C. Lee
IP 7.0
H 6
ER 0
BB 0
K 5
 

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Philadelphia Phillies
Shane Victorino, CF3110101 .313
Jayson Werth, RF2100312 .269
Chase Utley, 2B4210105 .300
Ryan Howard, 1B5225024 .268
Raul Ibanez, LF5021010 .286
Pedro Feliz, 3B4000101 .277
Eric Bruntlett, SS4010001 .158
   a- Jimmy Rollins, PH-SS1000001 .243
Paul Bako, C4000114 .169
Cliff Lee, P3000032 .238
   b- Ben Francisco, PH1000010 .247
    Chan Ho Park, P0000000 .143
    Brad Lidge, P0000000 .000
Totals3667679  
a-flied out for Bruntlett in the 9th
b-struck out for Lee in the 8th
Batting
2B - Chase Utley (23, Feliciano), Raul Ibanez (27, Feliciano)
HR - Ryan Howard 2 (34, Parnell, Parnell)
RBI - Ryan Howard 5 (104), Raul Ibanez (79)
SB - Shane Victorino 2 (20, 3rd base off Parnell/Santos, 2nd base off Wagner/Santos)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Utley-Howard
E - Chase Utley 2 (10, Throwing)
Philadelphia Phillies
Cliff Lee (W,12-9) 7620050 2.63
Chan Ho Park (H,8) 1000010 4.48
Brad Lidge 1000000 6.75
WP - Cliff Lee (7)
Pitches-Strikes - Cliff Lee 113-83, Chan Ho Park 12-8, Brad Lidge 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cliff Lee 8-7, Chan Ho Park 2-0, Brad Lidge 1-2
Batters Faced - Cliff Lee 26, Chan Ho Park 3, Brad Lidge 3
New York Mets
Angel Pagan, CF4110010 .292
Luis Castillo, 2B4000010 .318
Gary Sheffield, LF4120000 .282
Fernando Tatis, 3B3001011 .245
Daniel Murphy, 1B4010010 .260
Omir Santos, C3000011 .264
Cory Sullivan, RF3010001 .278
Anderson Hernandez, SS3010011 .244
Bobby Parnell, P1000001 .250
   a- Wilson Valdez, PH1000000 .212
    Ken Takahashi, P0000000 .000
    Elmer Dessens, P0000000 .000
    Billy Wagner, P0000000 .000
   b- Jeremy Reed, PH1000000 .250
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
    Brian Stokes, P0000000 .000
Totals3126106  
a-grounded out for Parnell in the 5th
b-grounded out for Wagner in the 8th
Batting
2B - Daniel Murphy (25, Lee), Anderson Hernandez (12, Lee)
3B - Gary Sheffield (2, Lee)
SF - Fernando Tatis (3)
RBI - Fernando Tatis (32)
CS - Angel Pagan (5, 2nd base by Lee/Bako)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
E - Omir Santos (3, Throwing), Gary Sheffield (2, Dropped fly), Fernando Tatis (2, Throwing)
New York Mets
Bobby Parnell (L,3-6) 5455332 5.08
Ken Takahashi 1.1100220 2.79
Elmer Dessens 0.2000000 2.86
Billy Wagner 1000120 0.00
Pedro Feliciano 0.1211010 3.10
Brian Stokes 0.2000110 2.82
HBP - Victorino (by Bobby Parnell)
Pitches-Strikes - Bobby Parnell 103-56, Ken Takahashi 32-17, Elmer Dessens 10-5, Billy Wagner 19-9, Pedro Feliciano 17-11, Brian Stokes 12-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bobby Parnell 7-7, Elmer Dessens 1-1
Batters Faced - Bobby Parnell 25, Ken Takahashi 7, Elmer Dessens 2, Billy Wagner 4, Pedro Feliciano 3, Brian Stokes 3
Game Information
Attendance - 39336
Game Time - 3:05
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Rick Reed, First Base - Rob Drake, Second Base - Tim Timmons, Third Base - Mark Wegner