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Phillies' streak extends to 11 with win over Mets

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PHILADELPHIA -- Brad Lidge wouldn't let the New York Mets ice the closer.

Joe Blanton threw seven strong innings, Carlos Ruiz hit a tie-breaking RBI single and the NL East-leading Philadelphia Phillies won their 11th straight game, 3-2 over the Mets on Friday night.

The Phillies' victory coupled with Atlanta's 8-3 loss at Washington reduced their magic number for clinching their fourth consecutive division title to two with eight games remaining. The winning streak is Philadelphia's longest since a 13-game stretch in 1991.

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Blanton (8-6) allowed two runs and six hits, striking out six. Ryan Madson worked a perfect eighth, and Lidge finished for his 27th save in 32 chances and fourth in four games.

Lidge allowed a one-out double to Ike Davis. He retired Angel Pagan on a fly out to deep left-center and walked Josh Thole before pinch-hitter Jesus Feliciano struck out to leave the tying run at third. Feliciano bounced out to Lidge two pitches earlier, but the play was waved off because Mets manager Jerry Manuel called a timeout to insert Luis Castillo as a pinch-runner for Thole.

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel argued with first-base umpire Jerry Layne to chants of "Charlie! Charlie!" from the sellout crowd, but wasn't ejected.

"I think that was terrible," Charlie Manuel said. "He's in the process of throwing the ball and they're over there screaming, 'Timeout."'

Lidge hopes managers don't resort to doing this to break a pitcher's concentration the way NFL coaches call timeouts right before the snap when a kicker lines up for an important field goal.

"It's a little ridiculous, but you have to stay focused," Lidge said. "Hopefully that won't be a trend."

Meanwhile, the Mets were still angry over Chase Utley's hard takeout slide into second baseman Ruben Tejada in the fifth.

"It was a little late," Jerry Manuel said. "You've got to be ready to respond. We'll take care of it. We'll slide hard, do stuff like that."

Shane Victorino homered on knuckleballer R.A. Dickey's second pitch, and had an RBI double.

Dickey (11-8) gave up three runs -- two earned -- and eight hits in six innings. He tossed a one-hitter in a 1-0 victory over the Phillies on Aug. 13, allowing just a single to pitcher Cole Hamels.

The two-time NL champions are 45-15 since July 21, when they trailed Atlanta by seven games. They are 19-3 in September.

Pagan hit a two-run homer for the Mets.

While Philadelphia's three aces -- Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt and Hamels -- get most of the attention, Blanton is proving he deserves a postseason start. Blanton is 5-0 with a 3.54 ERA in 12 starts since his last loss on July 21.

"I'm here to win another ring," Blanton said. "That's more important to me than anything."

The right-hander made an outstanding defensive play to rob Pagan of a bunt single leading off the seventh. Blanton hustled after the ball pushed toward the first-base side, and shoveled it with his glove while falling down to retire the speedy Pagan.

"I had a half-percent chance to make that play," Blanton said. "I got lucky."

The Phillies went up 3-2 in the fourth after Pagan drove one out to right with two outs in the top half to tie it up at 2.

Raul Ibanez singled, advanced to second on catcher Thole's passed ball and scored on Ruiz's single to right.

Victorino hit his first career leadoff homer and 18th of the season to put the Phillies up 1-0. He lined an RBI double to left to make it 2-0 in the second. The switch-hitter batted right to combat the floating knucklers.

"I'm naturally right-handed," he said. "I trust myself better right-handed when the ball moves a lot like that."

Blanton got defensive help in the fifth. After David Wright lined a two-out double, Davis hit a shallow fly to left and Ibanez made a sliding catch to save a run.

Notes

  • The Philadelphia chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America announced that Ryan Howard won the Mike Schmidt Award for most valuable player, Halladay got the Steve Carlton Award for most valuable pitcher and the Dallas Green Award for special achievement, and Victorino earned the Tug McGraw Good Guy Award.
  • A crowd of 45,309 was the 121st straight sellout at Citizens Bank Park.
  • Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins, out since Sept. 8 with a hamstring injury, could return Sunday.
 
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The Phillies' Joe Blanton throws seven strong innings, allowing two runs on six hits to lead Philadelphia past the Mets. (AP)
The Phillies' Joe Blanton throws seven strong innings, allowing two runs on six hits to lead Philadelphia past the Mets. (AP)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

S. Victorino
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
New York

A. Pagan
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Reyes, SS4000011 .282
Lucas Duda, LF4000031 .170
Carlos Beltran, CF3000120 .243
David Wright, 3B4010011 .285
Ike Davis, 1B4130001 .268
Angel Pagan, RF4112002 .290
Josh Thole, C3000110 .277
    Luis Castillo, PR0000000 .235
Ruben Tejada, 2B2000000 .202
   a- Chris Carter, PH1010000 .258
    Joaquin Arias, PR-2B0000000 .265
   b- Jesus Feliciano, PH1000012 .262
R.A. Dickey, P2010000 .240
   c- Nick Evans, PH1000001 .304
    Elmer Dessens, P0000000 .000
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
    Manny Acosta, P0000000 .000
Totals3327229  
a-doubled for Tejada in the 7th
b-struck out for Arias in the 9th
c-flied out for Dickey in the 7th
Batting
2B - David Wright (35, Blanton), Ike Davis (32, Lidge), Chris Carter (8, Blanton), R.A. Dickey (2, Blanton)
HR - Angel Pagan (11, Blanton)
RBI - Angel Pagan 2 (69)
2-OUT RBI - Angel Pagan 2 (30)
PK - Angel Pagan (2, Blanton)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Tejada-Reyes-Davis, Wright-Tejada-Davis
PB - Josh Thole (4)
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
R.A. Dickey (L,11-8) 6832241 2.92
Elmer Dessens 1000000 2.49
Pedro Feliciano 0.1100010 2.87
Manny Acosta 0.2000010 3.24
WP - R.A. Dickey (11)
Pitches-Strikes - R.A. Dickey 85-57, Elmer Dessens 9-5, Pedro Feliciano 10-5, Manny Acosta 6-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R.A. Dickey 11-1, Elmer Dessens 2-1, Manny Acosta 1-0
Batters Faced - R.A. Dickey 26, Elmer Dessens 3, Pedro Feliciano 2, Manny Acosta 2
Philadelphia Phillies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Shane Victorino, CF4122001 .263
Placido Polanco, 3B4020001 .297
Chase Utley, 2B3010110 .280
Ryan Howard, 1B4010023 .278
Jayson Werth, RF3000102 .292
Raul Ibanez, LF4110013 .274
Carlos Ruiz, C3011010 .299
Wilson Valdez, SS3110011 .257
Joe Blanton, P1000001 .123
   a- Ross Gload, PH1000000 .276
    Ryan Madson, P0000000 .000
    Brad Lidge, P0000000 .000
Totals3039326  
a-grounded out for Blanton in the 7th
Batting
2B - Shane Victorino (25, Dickey)
HR - Shane Victorino (18, Dickey)
SH - Joe Blanton (4)
RBI - Shane Victorino 2 (68), Carlos Ruiz (51)
2-OUT RBI - Shane Victorino (26)
Team LOB - 6
Philadelphia Phillies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Joe Blanton (W,8-6) 7622161 4.94
Ryan Madson (H,15) 1000020 2.28
Brad Lidge (S,27) 1100110 3.09
Pitches-Strikes - Joe Blanton 74-55, Ryan Madson 10-8, Brad Lidge 12-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Blanton 7-7, Brad Lidge 1-1
Batters Faced - Joe Blanton 27, Ryan Madson 3, Brad Lidge 5
Game Information
Attendance - 45309
Game Time - 2:10
Temperature - 87
Umpires - Home - Brian Runge, First Base - Jerry Layne, Second Base - Mike Winters, Third Base - Hunter Wendelstedt