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Pelfrey hurls pitching gem, Mets slow Phillies surge

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NEW YORK -- Mike Pelfrey stood with his back to his manager while he waited for Bobby Parnell to jog in from the bullpen.

The right-hander slapped the ball into the reliever's glove, then made a slow, head-down walk to the New York Mets' dugout. Not the body language one would expect to see after a dominant outing.

Was Pelfrey Peeved?

Postseason Chase

Not after pitching into the eighth inning to earn his career-high 14th victory, getting help from Ike Davis and beating the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3 Saturday to stop the NL East leaders' four-game winning streak.

"You always want to stay in," Pelfrey said, "but I know that I left a fastball up to (Ross) Gload and I hung a splitter to [Shane] Victorino, and I think that when you're starting to leave the ball up, maybe it's a sign that you're getting a little tired."

Pelfrey often is moody on the mound, and manager Jerry Manuel thinks the pitcher is beginning to show his potential as a front line starter -- and it couldn't come sooner. He might have to step up next year with ace Johan Santana out an undetermined amount of time for shoulder surgery.

"I'm hopeful this is the Pelfrey you'll see the rest of his career," Manuel said. "There's still growth for him and I feel very comfortable that he can get to that next level."

Davis kept up his big September with four hits and three RBI, and Jose Reyes homered, helping quiet the many red-clad Philadelphia fans in the Citi Field crowd of 35,788.

New York was able to slow the surging Phillies in their pursuit of a fourth straight East title even without center fielder Carlos Beltran, who sat out with tendinitis in his left knee. He said the injury was a result of overcompensating during the rehabilitation of his surgically repaired right knee this spring. Beltran is day to day.

The Phillies fell into a tie with Atlanta after the Braves beat St. Louis 6-3. This was the first of their final 20 games, all against teams in the East -- Philadelphia dropped to 29-24 against the division but made it close by rallying for three runs in the eighth.

Hisanori Takahashi gave up a one-out double off the left-field wall to pinch-hitter Mike Sweeney, then retired Wilson Valdez and pinch-hitter Carlos Ruiz on groundouts for his sixth save in six chances.

"When he first hit it, I thought it had a chance but its a big yard," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said of Sweeney's drive that hit above the 384-foot sign.

The Mets held a brief pregame ceremony to mark the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was in attendance. Both teams lined up along the first- and third-base lines as a video tribute was shown and a New York City firefighter sang the national anthem. Several first responders threw out ceremonial first pitches.

Pelfrey (14-9) then didn't allow a runner past first base until Jayson Werth reached second on Raul Ibanez's single in the seventh. Pelfrey bested his 13 victories in 2008, needing three tries to get No. 14. He had a 10.38 ERA in his first two attempts at the win.

"He's legitimately having ups and downs," Jerry Manuel said. "And all young pitchers will have that for a period until they find exactly how to pitch when they don't have their best stuff."

Pelfrey allowed two runs and six hits, struck out five and walked none.

Parnell allowed a single to Placido Polanco and was lifted for Pedro Feliciano. After an out, Ryan Howard hit a two-run single to make it 4-3. Manny Acosta struck out Werth to end the eighth.

Davis had an RBI ground-rule double down the right-field line off Kyle Kendrick (9-9) in the first. He added a two-run single off J.C. Romero that made it 4-1 in the seventh after Jose Contreras intentionally walked David Wright to load the bases. Davis is 16 for 34 (.471) in 10 September games with 10 RBIs.

"Ike is constantly making adjustments as the opposition is adjusting for him," Jerry Manuel said, "which is a sign that he is a good player."

With the late-afternoon shadows creeping past the pitcher's mound and out to right field, Reyes sent a drive into the deck overhanging the right field wall for a 2-0 lead in the third.

Kendrick, whose spot in the rotation has been tenuous after posting a 7.84 ERA in his last four starts, was pulled after five innings and 64 pitches. He allowed two runs, five hits and two walks.

"It was all right," Kendrick said. "Not happy with the loss but pitch count was still low."

Notes

  • Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins sat out his second straight game because of tightness in his right hamstring. Manager Charlie Manuel said there is no guarantee he'll be ready to play Sunday.
  • Even with win, the Mets are just 21-27 in one-run games. The Phillies are 25-15.
  • The Mets ran into two double plays started by outfielders on flyballs.
 
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 Ike Davis' two-run single in the seventh proves to be the game's difference maker as the Mets slow the surging Phils.  (AP)
Ike Davis' two-run single in the seventh proves to be the game's difference maker as the Mets slow the surging Phils. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

I. Davis
AB 4
R 0
H 4
HR 0
RBI 3
Philadelphia

R. Howard
AB 4
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Philadelphia Phillies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Shane Victorino, CF4111000 .262
Placido Polanco, 3B4110000 .304
Chase Utley, 2B3010010 .273
Ryan Howard, 1B4012002 .282
Jayson Werth, RF4000013 .291
Raul Ibanez, LF4020010 .266
Brian Schneider, C3010003 .223
   a- Mike Sweeney, PH1010000 .255
    John Mayberry Jr., PR0000000 .000
Wilson Valdez, SS4000012 .240
Kyle Kendrick, P1000010 .089
   b- Greg Dobbs, PH1000010 .189
    David Herndon, P0000000 .000
    Antonio Bastardo, P0000000 .000
    Jose Contreras, P0000000 .000
    J.C. Romero, P0000000 .000
    Chad Durbin, P0000000 .000
   c- Ross Gload, PH1110000 .287
    Ryan Madson, P0000000 .000
   d- Carlos Ruiz, PH1000001 .295
Totals3539306  
a-doubled for Schneider in the 9th
b-struck out for Kendrick in the 6th
c-doubled for Durbin in the 8th
d-grounded out for Madson in the 9th
Batting
2B - Mike Sweeney (5, Takahashi), Ross Gload (7, Pelfrey)
RBI - Shane Victorino (64), Ryan Howard 2 (98)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Howard 2 (38)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Shane Victorino 1, Jayson Werth 1
DP - Utley-Howard, Werth-Schneider, Victorino-Utley
E - Raul Ibanez (2, Misplayed grounder)
Philadelphia Phillies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Kyle Kendrick (L,9-9) 5522211 4.85
David Herndon0100000 4.10
Antonio Bastardo 0.1100010 5.17
Jose Contreras 1.1222210 3.55
J.C. Romero0200000 3.66
Chad Durbin 0.1000010 3.92
Ryan Madson 1000200 2.58
IBB - Wright by Jose Contreras, Reyes by Ryan Madson
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Kendrick 64-39, David Herndon 5-3, Antonio Bastardo 8-4, Jose Contreras 28-14, J.C. Romero 8-4, Chad Durbin 6-3, Ryan Madson 15-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Kendrick 5-8, Jose Contreras 1-1, Ryan Madson 1-1
Batters Faced - Kyle Kendrick 21, David Herndon 1, Antonio Bastardo 2, Jose Contreras 7, J.C. Romero 2, Chad Durbin 1, Ryan Madson 4
New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Reyes, SS4111101 .286
Jesus Feliciano, RF4220103 .273
Angel Pagan, CF4110003 .289
David Wright, 3B2010201 .290
Ike Davis, 1B4043000 .264
Josh Thole, C4010015 .303
Lucas Duda, LF2000001 .036
   a- Joaquin Arias, PH0000000 .266
   b- Chris Carter, PH0000100 .264
    Nick Evans, PR-LF1000013 .200
Luis Hernandez, 2B3000104 .263
Mike Pelfrey, P3010020 .111
    Bobby Parnell, P0000000 .000
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
    Manny Acosta, P0000000 .000
   c- Luis Castillo, PH0000000 .235
    Hisanori Takahashi, P0000000 .063
Totals31411464  
a-announced for Duda in the 6th
b-walked for Arias in the 6th
c-hit a sacrifice bunt for Acosta in the 8th
Batting
2B - Ike Davis (29, Kendrick)
HR - Jose Reyes (9, Kendrick)
SH - Luis Castillo (11)
RBI - Jose Reyes (46), Ike Davis 3 (67)
2-OUT RBI - Ike Davis 3 (26)
SB - Jose Reyes (29, 2nd base off Kendrick/Schneider)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Davis-Reyes-Pelfrey, Hernandez-Reyes-Davis
E - Ike Davis (8, Throwing)
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mike Pelfrey (W,14-9) 7.1622050 3.89
Bobby Parnell0111000 2.70
Pedro Feliciano (H,17) 0.1100000 2.94
Manny Acosta (H,1) 0.1000010 3.26
Hisanori Takahashi (S,6) 1100000 3.81
HBP - Utley (by Mike Pelfrey)
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Pelfrey 109-69, Bobby Parnell 2-2, Pedro Feliciano 7-6, Manny Acosta 4-3, Hisanori Takahashi 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Pelfrey 9-7, Pedro Feliciano 1-0, Hisanori Takahashi 2-1
Batters Faced - Mike Pelfrey 28, Bobby Parnell 1, Pedro Feliciano 2, Manny Acosta 1, Hisanori Takahashi 4
Game Information
Attendance - 35788
Game Time - 3:04
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Marty Foster, First Base - Jim Wolf, Second Base - Gary Cederstrom, Third Base - Field Culbreth