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Philadelphia (80-59) «01100011x4121

Hamels, new-look 'pen help Phillies dump Mets

CBSSports.com wire reports
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PHILADELPHIA -- Cole Hamels hopes to make up for a so-so season by pitching well when it matters most.

Hamels pitched 6 2/3 effective innings, a new-look bullpen got the last seven outs and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the New York Mets 4-2 in a game played through steady rain Friday night.

Jimmy Rollins and Pedro Feliz had RBI singles and Shane Victorino hit a career-high three doubles for the NL East-leading Phillies, who increased their lead over Florida to six games.

Hamels (9-9) allowed one run and seven hits, striking out six. Last year's World Series and NLCS MVP, Hamels has been sharp in three of his last four starts.

"I'm trying to redeem my season and finish strong, finish the way I planned on starting the year," Hamels said.

Chan Ho Park retired David Wright with the tying run on second in the seventh. Brett Myers needed just six pitches to get through an easy eighth. Ryan Madson finished for his seventh save in 12 chances after giving up one run.

Brad Lidge, who has 10 blown saves this year after going 48-for-48 last season, hasn't been used in the last two save situations. Madson relieved Lidge after he loaded the bases in the ninth on Tuesday night and got the last two outs in a win at Washington. Madson also closed out Wednesday night's victory over the Nationals.

"We're definitely going to get Lidge back out there," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "I want to just give him time to settle down from a mental state and (work on) his command."

Mets starter Nelson Figueroa (2-5) allowed two runs and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings. He pitched out of trouble often as the Phillies stranded 13 runners and were 4-for-19 with runners in scoring position.

New York fell to a season-low 17 games under .500.

This Phillies-Mets series lacks the luster of previous Septembers when the two teams were battling for the division lead. Philadelphia edged out New York both times. The Mets blew a seven-game lead with 17 games to play in 2007. They lost a 3½-game lead with 17 remaining last year, and the Phillies went on to win the World Series.

Rollins put the Phillies up 1-0 in the second with a two-out RBI single. But Figueroa escaped further trouble by retiring Chase Utley on a foul pop to leave the bases loaded.

Feliz delivered another two-out RBI single in the third to make it 2-0.

After the Mets cut it to 2-1 on Luis Castillo's sacrifice fly in the seventh, Carlos Ruiz gave Philadelphia a two-run cushion with a key sac fly in the bottom half.

"I wanted to stop the game and give him the ball," Manuel joked. "I didn't think we can do that."

The Phillies have struggled getting runners in from third with less than two outs. They failed an inning earlier after Utley's single chased Figueroa and put runners on first and third with one out. Ken Takahashi came in and struck out Ryan Howard and retired Raul Ibanez on a grounder to end the threat.

Victorino and Utley hit consecutive doubles in the eighth to extend the lead to 3-1.

Hamels' strong effort was an encouraging sign for Philadelphia, which had lost five of seven. Hamels tossed eight scoreless innings in an extra-inning win at Pittsburgh on Aug. 26 and followed that up with a two-hit shutout against San Francisco. But he regressed in his next start, allowing four runs and eight hits in six innings in a loss at Houston last Sunday.

"He was effective, ran his fastball up on our hitters and had a good changeup," Mets manager Jerry Manuel said of Hamels.

Notes

  • Kyle Kendrick (0-1) will start Game 1 of Sunday's day/night doubleheader for the Phillies. Kendrick won 21 games over the last two seasons, but failed to win a spot in the rotation in spring training.
  • The Phillies recalled RHP Andrew Carpenter.
  • Several injured Phillies pitchers are making progress. LHP Scott Eyre (elbow) hopes to throw Monday. LHP J.C. Romero (forearm) threw on flat ground and felt fine. RHP Clay Condrey (oblique) will make a rehab appearance at Double-A Reading on Saturday. LHP J.A. Happ (oblique) is progressing. Phillies INF/OF Greg Dobbs (calf) ran the bases and will do it again Saturday.
  • Figueroa pitched for the Phillies in 2001 after joining the team in the trade that sent Curt Schilling to Arizona a year earlier. He was 4-5 with a 3.94 ERA in 19 games, including 13 starts.
 
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Shane Victorino reaches a new career high by hitting three doubles against the Mets.  (AP)
Shane Victorino reaches a new career high by hitting three doubles against the Mets. (AP)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

S. Victorino
AB 3
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
New York

J. Francoeur
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 
New York Mets
Angel Pagan, CF4000020 .308
Luis Castillo, 2B2011100 .311
David Wright, 3B4000013 .315
Jeff Francoeur, RF4030000 .272
Fernando Tatis, 1B4000014 .267
Nick Evans, LF3010011 .230
    Ken Takahashi, P0000000 .000
    Elmer Dessens, P0000000 .000
   a- Daniel Murphy, PH1000000 .259
    Brian Stokes, P0000000 .000
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
Omir Santos, C4110012 .259
Wilson Valdez, SS3110002 .235
   b- Jeremy Reed, PH1010000 .259
Nelson Figueroa, P2000000 .231
    Cory Sullivan, LF2010000 .284
Totals3429116  
a-fouled out for Dessens in the 8th
b-singled for Valdez in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jeff Francoeur (26, Hamels), Omir Santos (13, Madson)
SF - Luis Castillo (4)
SH - Angel Pagan (4)
RBI - Luis Castillo (36)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Wright-Tatis
New York Mets
Nelson Figueroa (L,2-5) 5.1922530 4.57
Ken Takahashi 0.2000010 2.59
Elmer Dessens 1111010 2.96
Brian Stokes 0.1111000 3.96
Pedro Feliciano 0.2100010 3.17
IBB - Ruiz by Nelson Figueroa
HBP - Utley (by Nelson Figueroa)
WP - Elmer Dessens (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Nelson Figueroa 117-68, Ken Takahashi 8-5, Elmer Dessens 19-14, Brian Stokes 5-3, Pedro Feliciano 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nelson Figueroa 7-5, Ken Takahashi 1-0, Elmer Dessens 1-1
Batters Faced - Nelson Figueroa 30, Ken Takahashi 2, Elmer Dessens 4, Brian Stokes 2, Pedro Feliciano 3
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS5021000 .244
Shane Victorino, CF3130200 .301
Chase Utley, 2B4021015 .295
Ryan Howard, 1B4000127 .271
Raul Ibanez, LF5120005 .279
Jayson Werth, RF4110002 .270
Pedro Feliz, 3B4021002 .270
Carlos Ruiz, C1101201 .253
Cole Hamels, P3000024 .115
    Chan Ho Park, P0000000 .143
   a- Matt Stairs, PH1000010 .196
    Brett Myers, P0000000 .222
    Ryan Madson, P0000000 .000
Totals34412456  
a-struck out for Park in the 7th
Batting
2B - Shane Victorino 3 (37, Figueroa, Figueroa, Stokes), Chase Utley (26, Feliciano), Raul Ibanez (30, Figueroa), Pedro Feliz (24, Figueroa)
SF - Carlos Ruiz (2)
RBI - Jimmy Rollins (63), Chase Utley (87), Pedro Feliz (67), Carlos Ruiz (37)
2-OUT RBI - Jimmy Rollins (32), Pedro Feliz (31)
SB - Jimmy Rollins 2 (28, 2nd base off Figueroa/Santos, 2nd base off Figueroa/Santos)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
DP - Feliz-Utley-Howard
E - Pedro Feliz (14, Misplayed grounder)
Philadelphia Phillies
Cole Hamels (W,9-9) 6.2711160 4.21
Chan Ho Park (H,11) 0.1000000 4.52
Brett Myers (H,3) 1000000 4.37
Ryan Madson (S,7) 1211000 3.19
Pitches-Strikes - Cole Hamels 113-76, Chan Ho Park 3-2, Brett Myers 6-3, Ryan Madson 9-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cole Hamels 4-11, Chan Ho Park 1-0, Brett Myers 1-2, Ryan Madson 2-0
Batters Faced - Cole Hamels 29, Chan Ho Park 1, Brett Myers 3, Ryan Madson 4
Game Information
Attendance - 44377
Game Time - 2:56
Temperature - 63
Umpires - Home - Gary Darling, First Base - Bruce Dreckman, Second Base - Paul Emmel, Third Base - Todd Tichenor