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PHILADELPHIA -- The plastic hanging at the top of the lockers in the Phillies clubhouse remained unfurled. Philadelphia will have to wait at least one more day to celebrate a return to the playoffs.
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"We've been around long enough that it's not much of a factor," Phillies reliever Chad Durbin said.
The NL East-leading Phillies missed out on a chance to clinch a fourth straight playoff berth -- all they need is one win or Atlanta loss and they're in -- with their first defeat since Sept. 11 in New York. Philadelphia's magic number to secure its fourth division title in a row is two.
The two-time NL champion Phillies are 45-16 since July 21, when they trailed Atlanta by seven games. They are 19-4 in September and have a six-game lead over the Braves, who beat Washington 5-0.
"This one's gone," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "There's nothing we can do about it."
Rookie Dillon Gee (2-1), making his fourth big league start, limited the Phillies to two runs on five hits in seven innings, helping the Mets end a season-high six-game losing streak.
"I was nervous at the start. I've never played before a crowd like that," Gee said, referring to the 45,274 fans, the 122nd straight sellout at Citizens Bank Park. "But I settled down and felt OK. I like the atmosphere a lot."
Kyle Kendrick (10-10) cruised through the first six innings before the Mets rallied. Carlos Beltran singled ahead of David Wright's fielder's choice. Ike Davis then hit a single. An error by Ryan Howard loaded the bases. Josh Thole singled in the first run, chasing Kendrick. Durbin came on and gave up a pinch-hit double to Duda, who has nine hits this season, seven for extra bases.
"He's a run producer," Mets manager Jerry Manuel said. "He'll put up some big RBI numbers if he gets his at-bats."
Two batters later, Jose Reyes hit an RBI double to make it 5-2.
The game was played without incident a day after the Mets were angered by Chase Utley's hard takeout slide into second baseman Ruben Tejada in the fifth inning on Friday. There were a few hard slides Saturday, including one by Wilson Valdes into Reyes in the fifth, but no tempers flared.
Utley went 1 for 4 Saturday. Some Mets were still upset at the play.
"He's too good to be doing that," Beltran said. "He's such a good player, but I guess that's the way he plays."
Beltran also said the intention from the Mets side was to "send a message" and "hit somebody," though such a response never came.
|Rookie pinch-hitter Lucas Duda is greeted by teammates following his key three-run double in the seventh. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|New York Mets|
|Jose Reyes, SS||5||0||2||1||0||1||2||.283|
|Chris Carter, LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.252|
|Jesus Feliciano, LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.259|
|Carlos Beltran, CF||3||0||2||0||0||0||0||.249|
|David Wright, 3B||4||1||1||0||0||1||2||.285|
|Ike Davis, 1B||4||1||1||0||0||0||2||.268|
|Angel Pagan, RF||3||1||1||0||1||0||0||.291|
|Josh Thole, C||4||1||1||1||0||1||3||.276|
|Ruben Tejada, 2B||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.200|
|a- Lucas Duda, PH||1||0||1||3||0||0||0||.185|
|Joaquin Arias, PR-2B||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||.272|
|Dillon Gee, P||3||0||0||0||0||2||1||.200|
|Elmer Dessens, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Pedro Feliciano, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Nick Evans, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.333|
|Hisanori Takahashi, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.063|
|a-doubled for Tejada in the 7th|
|b-singled for Feliciano in the 9th|
|2B - Jose Reyes (27, Durbin), Lucas Duda (5, Durbin)|
|RBI - Jose Reyes (52), Josh Thole (15), Lucas Duda 3 (10)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jose Reyes (16)|
|PK - Jose Reyes (3, Kendrick)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Tejada-Davis|
|New York Mets|
|Dillon Gee (W,2-1)||7||5||2||2||2||5||1||2.00|
|Elmer Dessens (H,9)||0.2||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.45|
|Pedro Feliciano (H,20)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.85|
|Hisanori Takahashi (S,8)||1||0||0||0||1||1||0||3.78|
|Pitches-Strikes - Dillon Gee 96-61, Elmer Dessens 8-4, Pedro Feliciano 5-2, Hisanori Takahashi 16-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dillon Gee 8-7, Pedro Feliciano 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Dillon Gee 27, Elmer Dessens 2, Pedro Feliciano 1, Hisanori Takahashi 4|
|Shane Victorino, CF||3||0||0||0||1||1||1||.262|
|Placido Polanco, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.295|
|Chase Utley, 2B||4||1||1||0||0||0||0||.279|
|Ryan Howard, 1B||3||1||1||2||1||0||0||.278|
|Jayson Werth, RF||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.291|
|Raul Ibanez, LF||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.272|
|Carlos Ruiz, C||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.296|
|Wilson Valdez, SS||2||0||1||0||1||0||0||.259|
|Kyle Kendrick, P||2||0||1||0||0||0||1||.102|
|Chad Durbin, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Domonic Brown, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.211|
|J.C. Romero, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|David Herndon, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Durbin in the 7th|
|2B - Wilson Valdez (15, Gee)|
|HR - Ryan Howard (31, Gee)|
|RBI - Ryan Howard 2 (106)|
|2-OUT RBI - Ryan Howard 2 (41)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - Romero-Valdez-Howard, Utley-Valdez-Howard|
|E - Ryan Howard (14, Misplayed grounder)|
|Kyle Kendrick (L,10-10)||6.1||6||4||3||0||4||0||4.76|
|Chad Durbin (BS,1)||0.2||2||1||1||0||2||0||3.95|
|IBB - Pagan by J.C. Romero|
|HBP - Beltran (by J.C. Romero)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Kendrick 72-51, Chad Durbin 16-9, J.C. Romero 20-8, David Herndon 13-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Kendrick 8-7, J.C. Romero 2-0, David Herndon 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Kyle Kendrick 25, Chad Durbin 4, J.C. Romero 5, David Herndon 4|
|Attendance - 45274|
|Game Time - 2:30|
|Temperature - 84|
|Umpires - Home - Jerry Layne, First Base - Mike Winters, Second Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Third Base - Brian Runge|