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Halladay helps himself en route to 18th victory

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NEW YORK -- Shane Victorino scanned the lineup card posted in the Philadelphia clubhouse, checking out who was playing for the New York Mets.

"Sorry, fellas, you all aren't going to be the spoilers," the center fielder said several hours before gametime.

Nope, not with Roy Halladay pitching for the Phillies.

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Halladay earned his 18th victory, the most by a Philadelphia pitcher in 27 years, and helped himself with a two-run single that sent the Phillies past the Mets 8-4 Friday night for their fourth win in a row.

"I told him, 'We won't talk about your pitching tonight, we'll talk about your hitting," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.

Ryan Howard and Chase Utley homered as the NL East leaders held their one-game edge over Atlanta. Wilson Valdez, subbing for injured shortstop Jimmy Rollins, drove in two runs and scored once.

In his first season with the two-time NL champions, Halladay is new to the pennant race. He's never reached the playoffs.

"You look forward to coming to the field every day. You're not packing boxes," he said. "It's a lot of fun."

Halladay (18-10) became the Phillies' top winner since John Denny posted 19 during his Cy Young season in 1983. A strange stat, considering Philadelphia's success of late. In fact, every other franchise in the majors except Tampa Bay -- with David Price currently at 17 -- had a pitcher win at least 18 over that span.

Halladay tied Colorado's Ubaldo Jimenez and St. Louis' Adam Wainwright for the NL victory lead. He took over the league lead in strikeouts, fanning Luis Castillo for his 200th victim.

It was hardly vintage Halladay, as he allowed four runs and eight hits in 7 2/3 innings.

Halladay needed a mound meeting with catcher Carlos Ruiz after throwing only one pitch and again got bit by the home run bug. He nicked the No. 8 batter with a pitch and saw the opposing pitcher line a sharp single for his first career hit.

"There were times I was mechanically out of sorts," he said.

Still, Halladay improved to 4-0 against the Mets this year. This marked his 53rd consecutive road start of going at least six innings, the longest such streak in the majors since Walter Johnson went 82 straight in 1911-15. Halladay tops the majors with 228 2/3 innings this season.

"That's why he's one of the best, if not the best in the game. Because he can pitch well without his best stuff," said Mets star David Wright, hitless in three tries against Halladay and 2 for 15 with eight strikeouts versus him overall. "I thought he had good stuff. But he's a bulldog out there."

Carlos Beltran homered and Josh Thole singled three times off Halladay, making the Mets rookie catcher 6 for 9 lifetime against the Phillies ace. Jose Reyes returned after missing two weeks with a strained right oblique and delivered an RBI double.

"You get a different pattern every time you face him. But you know he's going to throw strikes. I try to hit early in the count because I don't want to get to his really nasty stuff," Thole said.

Mets rookie pitcher Jenrry Mejia was more effective with his bat and legs than arm. He singled in the third for his first hit, then raced around the bases and belly-flopped home on a double by Reyes.

Beltran homered a batter later for a 3-2 lead. In Halladay's previous start, he yielded a career-high four homers against Milwaukee.

Mejia (0-4) remained winless as a big leaguer.

Howard launched an opposite-field shot that cleared the high wall in left for his 29th home run, the solo shot making it 3-all in the fourth.

The Phillies loaded the bases with two outs later in the inning and, with Halladay due up, Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen and all the New York infielders went to the mound. Halladay, a career .120 hitter with four RBI lifetime at that point, chopped the next pitch over Mejia's head for a go-ahead single.

"A lot of luck," Halladay said.

Notes
  • Rollins was out because of tightness in his right hamstring. He may miss a couple of games.
  • RHP Kyle Kendrick will start for Philadelphia on Saturday. He's been struggling and the Phillies considered using rookie Vance Worley.
  • The Mets honored former C Ed Hearn and his foundation. He's had three kidney transplants since 1991. A member of the 1986 World Series champs, he threw out the ceremonial first ball and winged it to the backstop.
 
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Roy Halladay (18-10) now has the most wins by a Phillie since John Denny won 19 games in 1983. (AP)
Roy Halladay (18-10) now has the most wins by a Phillie since John Denny won 19 games in 1983. (AP)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

C. Ruiz
AB 3
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
New York

J. Thole
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Philadelphia Phillies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Shane Victorino, CF4021101 .262
Placido Polanco, 3B5000003 .304
Chase Utley, 2B5111021 .272
Ryan Howard, 1B5221011 .282
Jayson Werth, RF5220011 .293
Raul Ibanez, LF4110112 .264
Carlos Ruiz, C3131200 .296
Wilson Valdez, SS4111002 .244
Roy Halladay, P4012024 .146
    Chad Durbin, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Madson, P0000000 .000
Totals39813747  
Batting
2B - Ryan Howard (21, Valdes), Raul Ibanez (31, Mejia)
HR - Chase Utley (13, Valdes), Ryan Howard (29, Mejia)
RBI - Shane Victorino (63), Chase Utley (55), Ryan Howard (96), Carlos Ruiz (43), Wilson Valdez (29), Roy Halladay 2 (5)
2-OUT RBI - Shane Victorino (24), Wilson Valdez (14), Roy Halladay 2 (4)
CS - Shane Victorino (4, 2nd base by Mejia/Thole)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Utley-Valdez-Polanco-Ruiz
Philadelphia Phillies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Roy Halladay (W,18-10) 7.2844051 2.44
Chad Durbin 0.1100000 3.94
Ryan Madson 1100000 2.64
HBP - Hernandez (by Roy Halladay)
Pitches-Strikes - Roy Halladay 116-77, Chad Durbin 6-4, Ryan Madson 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Halladay 14-3, Chad Durbin 1-0, Ryan Madson 1-2
Batters Faced - Roy Halladay 31, Chad Durbin 2, Ryan Madson 4
New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Reyes, SS5111011 .286
Angel Pagan, RF4000001 .290
Carlos Beltran, CF4112010 .235
Ike Davis, 1B4120000 .258
David Wright, 3B4011011 .290
Josh Thole, C4030001 .305
Lucas Duda, LF4000013 .038
Luis Hernandez, 2B3000000 .286
Jenrry Mejia, P1110000 .333
   a- Jesus Feliciano, PH1000002 .260
    Raul Valdes, P0000000 .500
    Sean Green, P0000000 .000
    Pat Misch, P0000000 .250
   b- Luis Castillo, PH1000010 .235
    Elmer Dessens, P0000000 .000
    Ryota Igarashi, P0000000 .000
   c- Chris Carter, PH1010000 .264
Totals36410405  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Mejia in the 4th
b-struck out for Misch in the 7th
c-singled for Igarashi in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jose Reyes (26, Halladay), Ike Davis (28, Halladay)
HR - Carlos Beltran (3, Halladay)
RBI - Jose Reyes (45), Carlos Beltran 2 (20), David Wright (92)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Beltran 2 (7), David Wright (26)
SB - Ike Davis (3, 2nd base off Halladay/Ruiz)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Hernandez-Davis-Reyes
E - David Wright (17, Throwing)
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jenrry Mejia (L,0-4) 4966121 4.91
Raul Valdes 2.1322031 5.03
Sean Green 0.1000200 4.50
Pat Misch 0.1000010 4.84
Elmer Dessens 1100000 2.15
Ryota Igarashi 1000110 8.10
IBB - Ibanez by Sean Green
HBP - Valdez (by Sean Green)
WP - Jenrry Mejia (6)
Pitches-Strikes - Jenrry Mejia 81-47, Raul Valdes 46-30, Sean Green 21-8, Pat Misch 5-3, Elmer Dessens 10-8, Ryota Igarashi 25-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jenrry Mejia 5-3, Raul Valdes 1-4, Sean Green 1-0, Ryota Igarashi 2-0
Batters Faced - Jenrry Mejia 20, Raul Valdes 11, Sean Green 4, Pat Misch 1, Elmer Dessens 4, Ryota Igarashi 4
Game Information
Attendance - 33071
Game Time - 3:09
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Field Culbreth, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - Jim Wolf, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom