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PHILADELPHIA -- Two big swings by Ryan Howard made it a comfortable night on the mound for rookie fill-in Vance Worley.

Howard hit two homers, including a grand slam, and drove in six runs to back six scoreless innings by Worley and lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 10-3 victory over the New York Mets on Friday night.

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"Just got ready, saw it and put good swings on," Howard said. "Obviously it's a good night, but I don't get too high or too low."

Howard launched a two-run shot into the second deck in right field off starter Mike Pelfrey in the fourth inning to give Philadelphia a 2-0 lead. After making contact, Howard dropped his bat and stared in admiration for a couple of seconds at the 427-foot drive before trotting around the bases.

"I hit that one pretty square, knew pretty much it was going to go," Howard said. "It was just a matter of where and how far."

The big slugger is batting .412 (14-for-34) with three homers and six RBI against Pelfrey.

With the Phillies up 4-0 in the sixth, Howard cleared the bases with his 10th career slam. He connected on a 2-2 pitch from Dillon Gee and sent the ball very high and just over the fence in right-center for his 26th career multihomer game.

"It's a blessing to be put in that situation and have that kind of success," Howard said. "It's one of the best things a hitter can do is come up with the bases loaded and be able to get a home run. It makes it easy for everybody."

The two home runs tied Howard with Del Ennis for second place on Philadelphia's career list with 259.

"There's a good chance Del will get passed," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel joked.

Mike Schmidt is the franchise leader with 548.

"That'll be an obstacle, but there's a chance," Manuel said.

Howard said his focus isn't on records.

"Who knows, man?" he said when asked if he could catch Schmidt. "It's special to be a part of that and be on a list with those kinds of guys, but I don't focus on that while the season is going on."

Howard came up in the seventh with the bases loaded again but struck out with a hefty swing against left-hander Tim Byrdak. The six RBI upped Howard's total this month to 27, setting a franchise record for April.

The Phillies took a 4-0 lead in the fifth, ending Pelfrey's night.

Shane Victorino and Placido Polanco opened the inning with singles. One out later, Pelfrey (1-3) hit Howard on the wrist with a pitch, drawing a glare from the Philadelphia first baseman. Ben Francisco followed with a two-run single to left.

Francisco's hit finished Pelfrey, who lost 10 pounds recently while fighting the flu. He allowed four runs and eight hits, striking out one and walking three.

Mets manager Terry Collins said he considered not starting Pelfrey, but stayed with him after watching the right-hander warm up.

"It was my fault," Collins said. "I had concerns that there might be a problem. He had a real good sinker and another bullpen might have helped."

Pelfrey is winless in his last seven road starts and is 1-3 with a 9.38 ERA in seven career starts at Citizens Bank Park.

"I felt fine," he said. "I'm not going to make any excuses."

Gee could have been an option to start in Pelfrey's place. Collins said he planned to use Gee in the game regardless because he hadn't pitched in five days. Gee hadn't made a relief appearance since 2007 with Class-A Brooklyn.

"I asked him to do something he wasn't comfortable with," Collins said. "He's a real good pitcher and what you saw is not Dillon Gee."

Gee said he felt a bit uncomfortable when he first came in from the bullpen.

"But it's not something I can't get used to," he said.

Worley (1-0), called up to replace injured starter Joe Blanton (elbow), allowed just two hits while striking out five and walking four. It was his second major league win in six appearances, including three starts.

All five of the right-hander's strikeouts were called. He also singled in the third for his first major league hit.

"I felt like he did a tremendous job," Manuel said. "When you bring someone up like Worley and his job he did tonight, it's fantastic.

"He handled himself pretty good. He was focused on what he was doing and he was pretty calm."

Blanton was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday and will begin throwing in two or three days, general manager Ruben Amaro said.

Philadelphia's Raul Ibanez went 0-for-4 and is hitless in his last 30 at-bats.

Polanco's two-run single in the seventh gave him 39 hits this month, surpassing Chase Utley's club record for April set in 2008.

The Mets got all their runs in the ninth off David Herndon. Ike Davis hit a solo homer, giving him a hit in 11 straight games. Davis is batting .462 (18-for-39) during the streak.

Two batters later, Jason Pridie hit a two-run homer.

Daniel Murphy and David Wright had the Mets' other hits.

The Phillies snapped a 69-inning errorless streak in the first on third baseman Polanco's throwing miscue. One batter later, shortstop Jimmy Rollins booted Wright's grounder for another error.

Notes

Phillies starting catcher Carlos Ruiz is day-to-day with a back injury. ... Mets pitchers combined to hit four Phillies batters.

 
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R. Howard
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 6
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J. Pridie
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R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Reyes, SS4000011 .310
    Chin-lung Hu, SS1000010 .083
Daniel Murphy, 2B4010010 .290
David Wright, 3B4010011 .238
    Justin Turner, 3B0000000 .308
Carlos Beltran, RF3000111 .271
    Scott Hairston, RF0000000 .167
Jason Bay, LF3000101 .300
Ike Davis, 1B3111101 .352
Josh Thole, C1100302 .247
Jason Pridie, CF4112024 .250
Mike Pelfrey, P2000000 .000
    Dillon Gee, P0000000 .333
   a- Willie Harris, PH1000001 .233
    Ryota Igarashi, P0000000 .000
    Tim Byrdak, P0000000 .000
   b- Ronny Paulino, PH1000000 .000
Totals3134367  
a-lined out for Gee in the 7th
b-grounded out for Byrdak in the 9th
Batting
HR - Ike Davis (5, Herndon), Jason Pridie (2, Herndon)
RBI - Ike Davis (20), Jason Pridie 2 (5)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
PB - Josh Thole (7)
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mike Pelfrey (L,1-3) 4.1844131 7.39
Dillon Gee 1.2144211 4.73
Ryota Igarashi 0.2122310 6.35
Tim Byrdak 1.1000120 5.87
IBB - Schneider by Mike Pelfrey
HBP - Howard (by Mike Pelfrey), Victorino (by Dillon Gee), Orr (by Ryota Igarashi)
WP - Ryota Igarashi (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Pelfrey 72-45, Dillon Gee 41-21, Ryota Igarashi 26-11, Tim Byrdak 19-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Pelfrey 5-5, Dillon Gee 2-2, Tim Byrdak 1-1
Batters Faced - Mike Pelfrey 23, Dillon Gee 9, Ryota Igarashi 7, Tim Byrdak 5
Philadelphia Phillies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Shane Victorino, CF3110101 .290
Placido Polanco, 3B5222001 .390
    Danys Baez, P0000000 .000
    David Herndon, P0000000 .000
Jimmy Rollins, SS3220202 .283
Ryan Howard, 1B4226014 .302
Ben Francisco, RF4022100 .272
Raul Ibanez, LF4100124 .161
Pete Orr, 2B-3B4100024 .276
Brian Schneider, C3100203 .077
Vance Worley, P2010012 .500
   a- John Mayberry Jr., PH1000001 .320
    Michael Stutes, P0000000 .000
   b- Michael Martinez, PH-2B1000012 .176
Totals3410101077  
a-lined out for Worley in the 6th
b-struck out for Stutes in the 7th
Batting
HR - Ryan Howard 2 (6, Pelfrey, Gee)
RBI - Placido Polanco 2 (18), Ryan Howard 6 (27), Ben Francisco 2 (18)
2-OUT RBI - Placido Polanco 2 (9), Ryan Howard 4 (11)
SB - Shane Victorino (5, 2nd base off Pelfrey/Thole), Jimmy Rollins (5, 2nd base off Pelfrey/Thole), Ben Francisco (2, 2nd base off Pelfrey/Thole)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Rollins-Orr-Howard, Rollins-Orr-Howard
E - Placido Polanco (2, Throwing), Jimmy Rollins (2, Misplayed grounder)
Philadelphia Phillies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Vance Worley (W,1-0) 6200450 0.00
Michael Stutes 1000110 0.00
Danys Baez 1000000 1.74
David Herndon 1233112 9.28
Pitches-Strikes - Vance Worley 102-56, Michael Stutes 20-10, Danys Baez 12-6, David Herndon 22-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Vance Worley 6-7, Michael Stutes 1-1, Danys Baez 1-2, David Herndon 2-0
Batters Faced - Vance Worley 24, Michael Stutes 4, Danys Baez 3, David Herndon 6
Game Information
Attendance - 45613
Game Time - 3:01
Temperature - 61
Umpires - Home - Gary Cederstrom, First Base - Lance Barksdale, Second Base - Jim Wolf, Third Base - Field Culbreth