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New York at Philadelphia

N.Y. Mets
W: C. Durbin (3-1) L: B. Parnell (0-1)
S: B. Lidge (13)
HR: NYM - M. Hessman (1)   PHI - None

Phillies 7, Mets 5

CBSSports.com wire reports

PHILADELPHIA -- With their big boppers out of the lineup, the Philadelphia Phillies keep finding ways to continue their playoff push.

Carlos Ruiz singled in the go-ahead run during a six-run eighth inning and Philadelphia beat the New York Mets 7-5 Friday night for its fifth straight win.

The two-time NL champion Phillies, depleted by injuries to key players, moved within 1½ games of NL East-leading Atlanta with their 13th win in 15 games. The Braves hosted San Francisco on Friday.

"It was a great team win," said newly acquired Mike Sweeney, who got two hits in the eighth. "It's exciting to come to the ballpark every day. This is a dream come true."

Both starters pitched well, though neither stuck around for a decision. Chad Durbin (3-1) tossed a scoreless inning for the win. Bobby Parnell (0-1) didn't retire any of the four batters he faced in the eighth.

After pinch-hitter Mike Hessman hit a three-run homer off J.C. Romero with two outs in the ninth, Brad Lidge got the final out for his 13th save in 17 chances.

The Mets wasted another strong outing by Jonathon Niese. The 23-year-old lefty allowed one run and four hits, striking out seven in seven innings.

"Niese pitched extremely well," Mets manager Jerry Manuel said. "He had good life on all of his pitches."

Philadelphia's Joe Blanton allowed two runs and seven hits in seven innings in his best outing this season.

The teams hadn't played each other since the Mets shut out the Phillies in three straight games in New York on May 25-27.

Despite being without All-Stars Ryan Howard and Chase Utley and Shane Victorino, the Phillies have improved to a season-best 13 games above .500 at 61-48.

"Everybody is stepping up," Blanton said. "It shows the depth of our team."

Once Niese left, the Phillies rallied against Parnell and Pedro Feliciano in the eighth. Sweeney led off with a single and went to third on Jayson Werth's single. Ben Francisco's soft single to left-center drove in Sweeney to tie it at 2. Ruiz followed with an RBI single up the middle.

Ruiz hit a tiebreaking homer in the 10th inning of a 5-4 win at Florida on Thursday night. He's batting .302 this year, 56 points higher than his career average of .246 entering the season.

"This is the best I've seen him hit," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.

Feliciano then came in to face Wilson Valdez, who reached on a bunt single to load the bases. Ross Gload walked to force in a run and Jimmy Rollins singled in another run. After Placido Polanco's sacrifice fly, Sweeney delivered an RBI single for his second hit of the inning and a 7-2 lead.

The Phillies got Sweeney from Seattle on Wednesday. The five-time AL All-Star will help fill in for Howard, who was out with an ankle injury.

"I'm no Ryan Howard. I'm not even close to the man he is, especially on the baseball field," Sweeney said. "Me and Ross [Gload] have to go out there and do our job until the big guy gets back."

Niese allowed a run in the first on Polanco's RBI double but nothing else. The 23-year-old lefty lowered his ERA to 3.63 by allowing one run or less for the 10th time in 20 starts.

Josh Thole's RBI single in the fourth gave the Mets a 2-1 lead. The Mets tied it at 1 in the third when Jose Reyes hit a two-out single to score Jeff Francoeur, who led off with a single.


Former Phillies C Darren Daulton was inducted into the team's Wall of Fame during a pregame ceremony. Daulton was a three-time All-Star and member of the 1993 NL championship team. Hall of Famers Jim Bunning, Steve Carlton and Mike Schmidt took part in the ceremony. Carlton, who wasn't talkative during his career, introduced Daulton on stage. ... Mets 3B David Wright snapped an 0-for-16 slump with his fourth-inning single. ... Niese struck out the side on 10 pitches in the fourth. ... A crowd of 45,378 was the 92nd straight sellout at Citizens Bank Park. ... Phillies LF Raul Ibanez extended his hitting streak to a career-high 14 games.

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Players of the Game

P. Polanco
AB 4
R 0
H 1
HR 0
New York

J. Francoeur
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0

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New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS4011010 .278
Angel Pagan, LF4010001 .309
Carlos Beltran, CF4000001 .203
David Wright, 3B4110010 .295
Ike Davis, 1B4120010 .253
Josh Thole, C4011011 .293
Jeff Francoeur, RF4230001 .241
Luis Castillo, 2B2000003 .246
   a- Chris Carter, PH0000000 .258
   b- Mike Hessman, PH1113000 .231
Jonathon Niese, P3000022 .162
    Bobby Parnell, P0000000 .000
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
    Manny Acosta, P0000000 .000
   c- Henry Blanco, PH0000000 .264
   d- Jesus Feliciano, PH1000010 .292
a-announced for Castillo in the 9th
b-homered for Carter in the 9th
c-announced for Acosta in the 9th
d-struck out for Blanco in the 9th
HR - Mike Hessman (1, Romero)
SH - Luis Castillo (9)
RBI - Jose Reyes (40), Josh Thole (7), Mike Hessman 3 (5)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Reyes (13), Mike Hessman 3 (5)
Team LOB - 4
PB - Josh Thole (1)
New York Mets
Jonathon Niese 7411570 3.63
Bobby Parnell (BS,2; L,0-1)0444000 4.12
Pedro Feliciano 0.1222110 3.16
Manny Acosta 0.2100000 2.37
Pitches-Strikes - Jonathon Niese 111-68, Bobby Parnell 19-12, Pedro Feliciano 14-8, Manny Acosta 9-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jonathon Niese 6-8, Manny Acosta 1-1
Batters Faced - Jonathon Niese 30, Bobby Parnell 4, Pedro Feliciano 4, Manny Acosta 3
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS4011110 .241
Raul Ibanez, LF4110114 .274
Placido Polanco, 3B4012001 .321
Mike Sweeney, 1B5121001 .269
    Danys Baez, P0000000 .000
    J.C. Romero, P0000000 .000
    Brad Lidge, P0000000 .000
Jayson Werth, CF4120112 .295
Ben Francisco, RF2111200 .263
Carlos Ruiz, C4121015 .302
Wilson Valdez, 2B4110011 .239
Joe Blanton, P2000020 .128
   a- John Mayberry Jr., PH1000010 .000
    Chad Durbin, P0000000 .000
   b- Ross Gload, PH-1B0101100 .280
a-struck out for Blanton in the 7th
b-walked for Durbin in the 8th
2B - Placido Polanco (21, Niese)
SF - Placido Polanco (6)
RBI - Jimmy Rollins (25), Placido Polanco 2 (36), Mike Sweeney (19), Ben Francisco (19), Carlos Ruiz (27), Ross Gload (16)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Sweeney (5)
Team LOB - 10
DP - Rollins-Sweeney
Philadelphia Phillies
Joe Blanton 7722040 5.65
Chad Durbin (W,3-1) 1000010 3.35
Danys Baez 0.2222010 5.21
J.C. Romero0111001 3.70
Brad Lidge (S,13) 0.1000010 4.81
Pitches-Strikes - Joe Blanton 91-65, Chad Durbin 15-8, Danys Baez 15-10, J.C. Romero 3-2, Brad Lidge 5-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Blanton 8-8, Chad Durbin 2-0
Batters Faced - Joe Blanton 27, Chad Durbin 3, Danys Baez 4, J.C. Romero 1, Brad Lidge 1
Game Information
Attendance - 45378
Game Time - 2:38
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Mike DiMuro, First Base - Tim Welke, Second Base - Jim Reynolds, Third Base - Bill Welke