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Halladay dominates for first win as Phils shut out Mets

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PHILADELPHIA -- Even without Chase Utley and Jayson Werth, the Philadelphia Phillies' offense is more potent than ever.

Roy Halladay pitched seven sharp innings for his first win of the season, Wilson Valdez had a career-high four hits, and the Phillies beat the New York Mets 11-0 Thursday.

Halladay (1-0) allowed six hits and struck out seven. The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner gave up one run in six innings in the opener against Houston, and avoided a loss when the Phillies rallied in the ninth for a 5-4 win.

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The four-time NL East champions are off to a 5-1 start in a season where nothing less than a second World Series title in four years will be considered a success.

Valdez, filling in for the injured Utley, finished 4 for 4 with three RBI, two doubles and two infield singles. He's one of six regulars hitting above .300 in the first six games.

Utley, a five-time All-Star second baseman and the team's No. 3 hitter, is out indefinitely with a knee injury. Losing Utley, coupled with the departure of Werth, the former No. 5 hitter, was supposed to weaken Philadelphia's offense.

So far, it hasn't been a problem. The Phillies are averaging 7.2 runs and 12.7 hits per game.

"It's better than I expected," manager Charlie Manuel said. "But at the same time, we played six games. I don't want to talk about it. It's best not to talk about it and let it happen."

Placido Polanco drove in four runs and Raul Ibanez hit a two-run homer. But it was Valdez who provided the key hits out of the No. 8 hole.

"We know he's not here right now," Valdez said of Utley. "Hopefully when he comes back, he's 100 percent. But we have to keep playing. When he gets back, we'll be better."

New York starter Jonathon Niese (0-1) got roughed up by an offense that he dominated last season. The left-hander allowed six runs and eight hits in four innings.

The Mets head to Citi Field for their home opener Friday against Washington after splitting a six-game road trip.

"It's not the way you want to start the season before you go home," Mets manager Terry Collins said.

The Phillies got going with a pair of runs in the third. Valdez reached on an infield single up the middle to start the inning. After Halladay sacrificed, Shane Victorino lined an RBI single to center. Victorino advanced to second on center fielder Angel Pagan's throwing error, and scored when Polanco drove a double to deep left.

Ben Francisco started Philadelphia's fourth with a single and Ibanez was hit by a pitch. Carlos Ruiz hit an RBI single and Valdez followed with an RBI double down the first-base line to make it 4-0.

Niese nearly escaped further damage by striking out Halladay and Victorino. But Polanco lined a two-run single, putting Philadelphia up 6-0.

Valdez hit a two-run double in the fifth off Pedro Beato. Ibanez went deep off Tim Byrdak in the seventh.

Halladay has picked up where he left off last year when he won 21 games in his first season with the Phillies, including a perfect game. He also tossed a no-hitter in his first career postseason start.

The big right-hander has an 0.69 ERA in two outings.

"When you get a lot of runs, it makes it easier to be aggressive," Halladay said.

Halladay pitched out of a jam in the third when the Mets loaded the bases with one out on three singles. He struck out David Wright swinging at a 91 mph cutter, then retired Ike Davis on a grounder to second to end the inning.

Davis snapped his RBI streak. He drove in at least one run in each of the club's first five games. Wright established the team record with at least one RBI in each of the first six games in 2006.

Notes

  • Phillies closer Brad Lidge reiterated he hopes to return by the All-Star break. Lidge has a strained rotator cuff and has been sidelined since spring training.
  • The last time the Mets won their first two road series came in 2002 against the Braves and the Cubs.
  • The Phillies are 5-1-1 in their last seven home series against the Mets.
  • The leadoff batter for both teams reached in each of the first four innings. Philadelphia's leadoff batter reached in all eight.
  • A crowd of 45,468 was the 142nd consecutive sellout at Citizens Bank Park, including postseason.
  • Jose Reyes had two hits off Halladay, improving to 10 for 22 in his career.
 
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Reigning NL Cy Young award winner Roy Halladay gives up six hits, but keeps the Mets off the scoreboard for seven innings. (AP)
Reigning NL Cy Young award winner Roy Halladay gives up six hits, but keeps the Mets off the scoreboard for seven innings. (AP)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

W. Valdez
AB 4
R 3
H 4
HR 0
RBI 3
Philadelphia

R. Halladay
IP 7.0
H 6
ER 0
BB 1
K 7
 
New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Reyes, SS4020000 .310
Willie Harris, LF3010021 .353
    Pedro Beato, P0000000 .000
    Scott Hairston, LF1000000 .125
David Wright, 3B4010013 .346
Ike Davis, 1B4010005 .348
Angel Pagan, CF3010101 .227
Lucas Duda, RF3000103 .083
Brad Emaus, 2B4000013 .235
Josh Thole, C3010011 .313
Jonathon Niese, P1000011 .000
   a- Daniel Murphy, PH-LF2000010 .222
    Tim Byrdak, P0000000 .000
    D.J. Carrasco, P0000000 .000
Totals3207027  
a-struck out for Niese in the 5th
Batting
2B - David Wright (2, Baez)
SB - Angel Pagan (3, 2nd base off Halladay/Ruiz)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Angel Pagan 1
DP - Reyes-Emaus-Davis, Beato-Reyes-Davis
E - Ike Davis (1, Throwing), Angel Pagan (1, Throwing)
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jonathon Niese (L,0-1) 4866170 6.55
Pedro Beato 2320000 0.00
Tim Byrdak 1222011 6.00
D.J. Carrasco 1311000 3.00
HBP - Ibanez (by Jonathon Niese)
WP - D.J. Carrasco (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jonathon Niese 77-53, Pedro Beato 24-15, Tim Byrdak 16-10, D.J. Carrasco 22-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jonathon Niese 4-0, Pedro Beato 3-2, Tim Byrdak 1-1, D.J. Carrasco 2-1
Batters Faced - Jonathon Niese 21, Pedro Beato 8, Tim Byrdak 5, D.J. Carrasco 6
Philadelphia Phillies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Shane Victorino, CF5121014 .261
Placido Polanco, 3B5024002 .440
Jimmy Rollins, SS5020012 .375
Ryan Howard, 1B4210114 .480
Ben Francisco, RF4110023 .320
Raul Ibanez, LF3312011 .304
Carlos Ruiz, C4111013 .176
Wilson Valdez, 2B4343000 .429
Roy Halladay, P2010012 .333
    Danys Baez, P0000000 .000
   a- John Mayberry Jr., PH1010000 .600
    David Herndon, P0000000 .000
Totals3711161118  
a-singled for Baez in the 8th
Batting
2B - Placido Polanco (4, Niese), Wilson Valdez 2 (3, Niese, Beato)
HR - Raul Ibanez (1, Byrdak)
SH - Roy Halladay (1)
RBI - Shane Victorino (5), Placido Polanco 4 (8), Raul Ibanez 2 (6), Carlos Ruiz (2), Wilson Valdez 3 (5)
2-OUT RBI - Placido Polanco 2 (5), Raul Ibanez 2 (4), Wilson Valdez 2 (2)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Valdez-Rollins-Howard, Valdez-Howard
Philadelphia Phillies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Roy Halladay (W,1-0) 7600170 0.69
Danys Baez 1100000 0.00
David Herndon 1000100 5.40
Pitches-Strikes - Roy Halladay 113-74, Danys Baez 11-6, David Herndon 10-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Halladay 7-6, David Herndon 2-0
Batters Faced - Roy Halladay 27, Danys Baez 4, David Herndon 3
Game Information
Attendance - 45468
Game Time - 2:24
Temperature - 50
Umpires - Home - Mike Everitt, First Base - Mark Wegner, Second Base - Chris Guccione, Third Base - Mike Winters