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NEW YORK -- Michael Martinez waited a long time for his moment in the big leagues. He never expected it would come on a home run.
The 28-year-old rookie hit a three-run shot for his first major league homer to back a steady outing by Kyle Kendrick and help lead the Philadelphia Phillies to their seventh straight series win with an 8-5 victory over the New York Mets on Sunday.
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"It was worth the wait," Martinez said through a translator.
Martinez, a Rule 5 pick from Washington, added a sacrifice fly in the seventh for a career-high four RBI. He came in hitting .213 in 89 at-bats, getting most of his playing time because of his defensive abilities.
"He's got good hands and a good arm," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "He's got a real chance to be a good utility player."
Kendrick singled twice and scored on Martinez's drive in the fifth inning off Mike Pelfrey (5-9).
Ryan Howard hit a run-scoring single in the first and Philadelphia took two of three from the NL East rival Mets for the fourth time this season. Jimmy Rollins had a two-run single in a three-run eighth aided by Jason Bay's error in left field and reliever Pedro Beato's three walks.
Those eighth-inning runs provided a needed cushion when the Mets took advantage of four walks and a hit batter to score three in the bottom half -- Kendrick left after the seventh.
"Fortunately we had enough [runs] to keep us good," Howard said.
Kendrick (5-4) continued his dominance of division opponents, improving to 4-1 in 11 games -- four starts -- this season. A day after the makeshift Mets roughed up Cole Hamels in an 11-2 rout, Kendrick pitched like one of his more accomplished staffmates.
Until the seventh, when pinch-hitter Scott Hairston hit an RBI single, Kendrick shut down New York anytime he found himself in trouble.
He gave up a leadoff double to Lucas Duda in the second but then induced three straight groundball outs. A leadoff walk in the third was quickly wiped out by a double play. He then retired nine of 10 before Ronny Paulino doubled to open the seventh.
Kendrick gave up six hits in seven innings, walking three.
"You get in jams, you just have to get yourself out," Kendrick said.
Mets All-Star right fielder Carlos Beltran was out with the flu for the second straight game and manager Terry Collins again tried to take advantage of a favorable matchup with his fill-in. Hairston subbed for Beltran Saturday because of his success against Hamels and drove in five runs. This time Willie Harris got the call based on his .316 average against Kendrick.
Batting third, he had a single and a double but was stranded in scoring position each time by Bay, and walked and scored in the eighth. The Mets overall were 4 for 15 with runners in scoring position.
Philadelphia again got the best of Pelfrey. The big right-hander began the season as the No. 1 starter in place of the injured Johan Santana but he has not been able to find any consistency.
After two solid starts in July, he gave up four runs in five innings Sunday. Pelfrey fell to 0-2 with a 9.47 ERA against the Phillies this season.
Chase Utley walked with two outs in the first, stole second and scored on Howard's hit to right field.
Kendrick and Rollins singled in the fifth ahead of Martinez. Playing for injured All-Star third baseman Placido Polanco, the switch-hitting Martinez, batting lefty, hit a drive that just cleared the angled wall in right field for a 4-0 lead.
"I'm not a power hitter so I'm surprised it left the yard," said Martinez, who hit 20 homers in 1,961 minor league at-bats.
Martinez had a sacrifice fly in the seventh for a 5-0 lead.
Booed all day, Bay came in on Howard's sinking liner and the ball hit off the top of his glove for an error to start the eighth.
"I missed it," Bay said. "It's one of those things where I missed it."
Beato then walked three around two foul outs with pinch-hitter Ross Gload taking a free pass to push in a run. Rollins followed with his third hit scoring two needed runs.
"I thought the guys fought hard today," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "We just didn't pitch today. That was the difference."
Juan Perez relieved Kendrick and walked the only three batters he faced. Ryan Madson entered and got Duda to hit into a double play that scored a run. Paulino followed with an RBI single. Madson hit Ruben Tejada with a pitch, walked Nick Evans and gave up a run-scoring single to Angel Pagan before giving way to Antonio Bastardo, who struck out Justin Turner with the bases loaded.
While Bastardo warmed up, the Mets showed a highlight of the U.S. women's team scoring a goal against Japan in the World Cup final on the video board.
Bastardo gave up an RBI triple to Duda in the ninth but finished for his sixth save.
|Michael Martinez watches his first major-league homer leave the ballpark. The three-run shot helps Philly beat New York. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Jimmy Rollins, SS||5||1||3||2||0||0||2||.271|
|Michael Martinez, 3B||4||1||1||4||0||1||2||.215|
|Chase Utley, 2B||4||1||0||0||1||0||1||.268|
|Ryan Howard, 1B||4||1||1||1||1||0||0||.251|
|Raul Ibanez, LF||5||0||2||0||0||1||2||.249|
|Domonic Brown, RF||4||1||0||0||1||2||3||.240|
|John Mayberry Jr., CF||5||0||0||0||0||1||5||.235|
|Brian Schneider, C||3||2||2||0||1||0||0||.185|
|Carlos Ruiz, C||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.261|
|Kyle Kendrick, P||2||1||2||0||0||0||0||.231|
|a- Ross Gload, PH||0||0||0||1||1||0||0||.270|
|Juan Perez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ryan Madson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Antonio Bastardo, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-walked for Kendrick in the 8th|
|HR - Michael Martinez (1, Pelfrey)|
|SF - Michael Martinez (2)|
|SH - Kyle Kendrick (2)|
|RBI - Jimmy Rollins 2 (38), Michael Martinez 4 (13), Ryan Howard (73), Ross Gload (6)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jimmy Rollins 2 (26), Ryan Howard (28), Ross Gload (4)|
|SB - Chase Utley (9, 2nd base off Pelfrey/Paulino)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Utley-Rollins-Howard, Utley-Rollins-Howard|
|Kyle Kendrick (W,5-4)||7||6||1||1||3||0||0||3.34|
|Antonio Bastardo (S,6)||1.1||2||1||1||0||1||0||1.02|
|HBP - Tejada (by Ryan Madson)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Kendrick 109-69, Juan Perez 15-3, Ryan Madson 22-14, Antonio Bastardo 31-21|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Kendrick 11-9, Ryan Madson 1-0, Antonio Bastardo 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Kyle Kendrick 29, Juan Perez 3, Ryan Madson 5, Antonio Bastardo 6|
|New York Mets|
|Angel Pagan, CF||4||0||1||1||1||0||2||.245|
|Justin Turner, 2B||5||0||0||0||0||1||5||.266|
|Jason Isringhausen, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Willie Harris, RF||4||1||2||0||1||0||1||.258|
|Daniel Murphy, 3B-2B||3||2||2||0||2||0||0||.315|
|Jason Bay, LF||4||0||0||0||1||0||5||.234|
|Lucas Duda, 1B||5||0||2||1||0||0||0||.252|
|Ronny Paulino, C||5||2||2||1||0||0||2||.307|
|Ruben Tejada, SS||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.255|
|Mike Pelfrey, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.032|
|a- Jason Pridie, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.226|
|D.J. Carrasco, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Tim Byrdak, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Scott Hairston, PH||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.267|
|Pedro Beato, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ryota Igarashi, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Nick Evans, PH-3B||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.125|
|a-walked for Pelfrey in the 5th|
|b-singled for Byrdak in the 7th|
|c-walked for Igarashi in the 8th|
|2B - Willie Harris (8, Kendrick), Daniel Murphy (21, Bastardo), Lucas Duda (9, Kendrick), Ronny Paulino (9, Kendrick)|
|3B - Lucas Duda (3, Bastardo)|
|RBI - Angel Pagan (29), Lucas Duda (13), Ronny Paulino (11), Scott Hairston (19)|
|2-OUT RBI - Angel Pagan (11), Lucas Duda (5), Ronny Paulino (4)|
|Team LOB - 11|
|DP - Tejada-Turner-Duda|
|E - Jason Bay (2, Dropped fly)|
|New York Mets|
|Mike Pelfrey (L,5-9)||5||6||4||4||1||2||1||4.67|
|Pitches-Strikes - Mike Pelfrey 85-52, D.J. Carrasco 23-16, Tim Byrdak 7-6, Pedro Beato 33-13, Ryota Igarashi 8-4, Jason Isringhausen 18-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Pelfrey 8-5, D.J. Carrasco 2-1, Jason Isringhausen 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Mike Pelfrey 22, D.J. Carrasco 6, Tim Byrdak 2, Pedro Beato 6, Ryota Igarashi 2, Jason Isringhausen 5|
|Attendance - 34695|
|Game Time - 3:30|
|Temperature - 86|
|Umpires - Home - Dan Bellino, First Base - Larry Vanover, Second Base - Tony Randazzo, Third Base - Brian Gorman|