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Mets pitchers keep Phillies off plate for third straight game

CBSSports.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- Mike Pelfrey and the New York Mets zeroed in once again.

Pelfrey and the Mets bullpen pulled off a most extraordinary pitching feat in this big-hitting era, shutting out Philadelphia for the third straight game Thursday night and handing the flailing Phillies a 3-0 loss.

Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and the NL champions got swept in the series without scoring a single run -- it marked the first time since 1983 that Philadelphia was blanked three days in a row.

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"Luckily, we were able to keep it going," Pelfrey said.

Pelfrey (7-1) and a pair of relievers held the Phillies to four singles while winning their fifth consecutive game. The big right-hander followed top efforts by knuckleballer R.A. Dickey and Japanese newcomer Hisanori Takahashi as the Mets threw back-to-back-to-back blankings for the first time since 1988.

"I think your job is to put up zeros," Pelfrey said. "I thought I was OK."

In today's times when sluggers rule, it was even more amazing. Not since 2004 had any team shut out another club in a three-game series -- Johan Santana and Minnesota blanked Kansas City in that set, STATS LLC said.

Santana will try to keep the streak going Friday night when he starts for the Mets at Milwaukee.

"It doesn't matter if it's 1-0 or 10-0 or 10-9," he said. "As long as you win, that's what matters."

Jose Reyes, fresh from giving batting tips to the newly crowned Miss USA, was pretty at the plate. He singled and scored in the first, singled the next time up and delivered a two-run double in the seventh that finished Cole Hamels (5-3).

After a rain delay of nearly two hours at the start, Pelfrey quickly found his rhythm. He allowed three hits in seven innings, working around five walks while striking out five.

Pedro Feliciano handled the eighth and Francisco Rodriguez pitched a perfect ninth for his ninth save in 11 tries.

Pelfrey relied on his sinker all evening, with great success. The Phillies either swung over the pitch or worse for them, beat the ball into the dirt to wreck any chances to rally.

Placido Polanco, Jayson Werth and Wilson Valdez grounded into double plays to end the third, fourth and fifth innings. The Phils put runners at the corners with two outs in the sixth and, with the Mets bullpen heating up, Howard bounced right into New York's overshifted infield.

"You know it's not going to be like that all year. We're going to bounce back eventually," said Polanco, whose double play came with runners on first and third.

Pelfrey made up for his only loss this year, a 10-0 defeat in Philly earlier this month.

"Big picture, a loss is a loss, no matter how you spin it. We're still in first place," Werth said.

Most everyone on the Mets made a nice play in the field. Immediately after backup catcher Henry Blanco threw out Raul Ibanez trying to steal, center fielder Angel Pagan made a diving catch on Carlos Ruiz's liner to finish the seventh.

Reyes posed with the beauty queen during batting practice, then the leadoff man opened with an infield hit and came home on Jason Bay's double. An error by Polanco at third base set up Reyes' double into the left-field corner in the seventh.

The Mets posted their first three-game sweep over the Phillies since 2006, and their first at home against the Phils since 1997. Philadelphia totaled 20 hits in this set.

Only once before had the Mets shut out the same team in three straight games. That came in September 1969 when they did it at Philadelphia -- the Mets pitched 10 shutouts that month, in fact, and went on to win the World Series.

After Wednesday night's loss, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel held a closed-door meeting. No luck in breaking the spell, though.

"If I could fix it, we'd never lose," Manuel said.

Notes

  • Mets CF Carlos Beltran (knee) probably won't rejoin the Mets until at least the All-Star break, general manager Omar Minaya indicated.
  • Blanco started in place of Rod Barajas, who had a sore right wrist.
  • Rima Fakih won the Miss USA pageant earlier this month. She came to the game wearing her sash and a Mets jersey and compared right-handed swings with Reyes. She was born in Lebanon and represented Michigan, but went to high school near Citi Field. She saw her first game at Shea Stadium in 1994. "I'm a big NFL fan," she said, "but I've always been a Mets fan."
 
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Mike Pelfrey shows his stuff to complete a superb pitching feat by the New York Mets. (Getty Images)
Mike Pelfrey shows his stuff to complete a superb pitching feat by the New York Mets. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
New York

M. Pelfrey
IP 7.0
H 3
ER 0
BB 5
K 5
New York

J. Reyes
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Philadelphia Phillies
Shane Victorino, CF4030010 .263
Placido Polanco, 3B3000112 .306
Chase Utley, 2B4000011 .288
Ryan Howard, 1B3000102 .291
Jayson Werth, RF4000031 .311
Raul Ibanez, LF2010100 .253
    Danys Baez, P0000000 .000
Carlos Ruiz, C2000101 .290
Wilson Valdez, SS2000101 .228
Cole Hamels, P1000010 .182
    Chad Durbin, P0000000 .000
    Antonio Bastardo, P0000000 .000
    Ross Gload, LF0000000 .241
   a- Ben Francisco, PH-LF1000010 .219
Totals2604058  
a-struck out for Gload in the 8th
Batting
SH - Cole Hamels (2)
SB - Shane Victorino (9, 2nd base off Pelfrey/Blanco)
CS - Raul Ibanez (1, 2nd base by Pelfrey/Blanco)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Utley-Valdez-Howard
E - Placido Polanco (4, Misplayed grounder)
Philadelphia Phillies
Cole Hamels (L,5-3) 6.1932130 3.82
Chad Durbin 0.1000110 2.49
Antonio Bastardo0000100 2.08
Danys Baez 1.1000020 4.35
Pitches-Strikes - Cole Hamels 101-70, Chad Durbin 8-4, Antonio Bastardo 6-2, Danys Baez 13-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cole Hamels 11-4, Danys Baez 1-1
Batters Faced - Cole Hamels 28, Chad Durbin 2, Antonio Bastardo 1, Danys Baez 4
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS4132000 .249
Luis Castillo, 2B2000100 .242
Jason Bay, LF3011112 .297
Ike Davis, 1B3010112 .284
David Wright, 3B4000015 .254
Angel Pagan, CF4020001 .296
Jeff Francoeur, RF4010012 .216
Henry Blanco, C4100022 .262
Mike Pelfrey, P2010000 .200
   a- Fernando Tatis, PH1100000 .233
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
    Francisco Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
Totals3139336  
a-grounded out for Pelfrey in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jose Reyes (8, Hamels), Jason Bay (11, Hamels)
SH - Luis Castillo (7)
RBI - Jose Reyes 2 (17), Jason Bay (22)
SB - Angel Pagan (8, 2nd base off Hamels/Ruiz)
CS - Angel Pagan (3, 2nd base by Hamels/Ruiz)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Wright-Castillo-Davis, Castillo-Reyes-Davis, Pelfrey-Reyes-Davis
New York Mets
Mike Pelfrey (W,7-1) 7300550 2.54
Pedro Feliciano (H,6) 1100020 2.21
Francisco Rodriguez (S,9) 1000010 1.88
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Pelfrey 105-58, Pedro Feliciano 14-9, Francisco Rodriguez 15-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Pelfrey 8-4, Pedro Feliciano 1-0
Batters Faced - Mike Pelfrey 25, Pedro Feliciano 4, Francisco Rodriguez 3
Game Information
Attendance - 35903
Game Time - 2:48
Temperature - 60
Umpires - Home - Andy Fletcher, First Base - Adrian Johnson, Second Base - Tim McClelland, Third Base - Mike Everitt