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Pelfrey helps Mets beat Phillies, snap five-game slide

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PHILADELPHIA -- The bright side for Kyle Kendrick is that he may not have to wait five days to pitch again.

Kendrick struggled in what may be his last start for a while and the Philadelphia Phillies lost 7-4 to the New York Mets on Wednesday.

Mike Pelfrey threw six effective innings, Nick Evans and David Wright homered to help the Mets snap a five-game losing streak.

Kendrick (7-6) gave up six runs - two earned - and seven hits in four innings filling in for Cole Hamels. With Hamels due to start on Monday, it means Kendrick could be headed back to the bullpen.

"Whatever they ask, I'm fine," he said. "Whatever they ask me to do, I'll be ready to go just as I have been all year. It's been a good year so far and I'll keep it going for myself personally."

The Mets avoided a sweep with their sixth win in 23 games.

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Pelfrey (7-10) allowed three runs and nine hits. He nearly caused benches to empty in the sixth when he took exception to the way Placido Polanco turned away from an inside pitch. Pelfrey, who has a history of hostility toward the Phillies, motioned toward Polanco, who said something back. Catcher Josh Thole stepped in front of Polanco and the confrontation didn't escalate.

"I hung a slider. I thought he tried to lean into it. I said: `Don't lean into it.' He said he didn't. Done," Pelfrey said.

Bobby Parnell pitched a scoreless ninth for his first save this season and second in his career. He retired Carlos Ruiz on a grounder with two runners on to end it.

The major league-leading Phillies entered 6 ½ games ahead of Atlanta in the NL East. That lead, which was 9 ½ games on Aug. 6, could be down to five by the time Philadelphia opens a three-game series against Florida on Friday night. The Braves had two more games at the Chicago Cubs before visiting the Mets on Friday.

"We had chances to come back in the game," manager Charlie Manuel said. "I felt we had chances to win the game a few times there, but we couldn't get a big hit. We left runners on base."

The Mets jumped on Kendrick in the first, scoring four unearned runs with the help of a fielding error by shortstop Michael Martinez. Angel Pagan led off with a single. Ruben Tejada followed with a sharp grounder to Martinez that could've been a double play. But Martinez bobbled it and both runners were safe. Wright singled to load the bases and Pagan scored on Lucas Duda's fielder's choice grounder to second. After Jason Bay struck out, Evans hit a three-run shot to left.

Martinez, filling in for the injured Jimmy Rollins, started his second game at shortstop. He's started 24 games at second base and third base this season.

The Phillies answered with three runs in the second. Shane Victorino hit a two-run single with two outs, extending his hitting streak to 12 games. After Polanco singled, Chase Utley's RBI single got the Phillies within a run. Ryan Howard walked to load the bases, but Pelfrey retired Hunter Pence on a fly to right to end the inning.

Wright led off the third with an opposite-field drive to right to put the Mets ahead 5-3. It was Wright's 15th career homer at Citizens Bank Park, his most at any road stadium. Wright's sacrifice fly in the fourth extended the lead to 6-3.

Pence's RBI infield single in the seventh cut it to 7-4. The Phillies had runners at first and third with one out in the eighth against Manny Acosta when second baseman Justin Turner started a double play with a diving, back-handed grab on Polanco's grounder up the middle.

Notes

  • The Mets placed Jonathon Niese on the disabled list with a ribcage injury.
  • Pelfrey improved to 7-6 against the Phillies.
  • The Mets have lost all five series against the Phillies this season, but haven't been swept.
  • Mets SS Jose Reyes (hamstring) will begin a rehab assignment at Double-A Binghamton on Thursday.
  • Howard was back for the Phillies after sitting out a game because of a heel injury.
  • Phillies LF Raul Ibanez remained out because of a sore groin.
  • A crowd of 45,689 was the 203rd straight sellout for the Phillies, including postseason play.
  • The Phillies are off on Thursday before opening a three-game series at home against Florida on Friday night. Roy Oswalt (6-7, 3.51) takes the mound against the Marlins.
  • The Mets return home for a three-game set against Atlanta, starting Friday. Chris Capuano (9-11, 4.71) pitches the opener.

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David Wright rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run in the third inning for the Mets. (AP)
David Wright rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run in the third inning for the Mets. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

D. Wright
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Philadelphia

C. Utley
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Angel Pagan, CF5210116 .264
Ruben Tejada, SS4110101 .276
David Wright, 3B4132010 .259
Lucas Duda, RF-1B4111012 .279
Jason Bay, LF4100114 .233
Nick Evans, 1B4134000 .265
    Jason Pridie, RF1000012 .224
Josh Thole, C4000112 .264
Justin Turner, 2B4000113 .255
Mike Pelfrey, P2010000 .089
   a- Ronny Paulino, PH0000100 .289
    Chris Capuano, PR0000000 .095
    Tim Byrdak, P0000000 .000
    Manny Acosta, P0000000 .000
   b- Willie Harris, PH1010000 .243
    Bobby Parnell, P0000000 .000
Totals37711767  
a-walked for Pelfrey in the 7th
b-singled for Acosta in the 9th
Batting
2B - Lucas Duda (14, Herndon), Nick Evans (3, Schwimer)
HR - David Wright (11, Kendrick), Nick Evans (2, Kendrick)
SF - David Wright (3)
SH - Mike Pelfrey (3)
RBI - David Wright 2 (42), Lucas Duda (36), Nick Evans 4 (9)
2-OUT RBI - Nick Evans 3 (6)
SB - Angel Pagan (27, 2nd base off Kendrick/Ruiz), Ruben Tejada (3, 2nd base off Lidge/Ruiz)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Turner-Tejada-Duda
E - Lucas Duda 2 (3, Misplayed grounder), Angel Pagan (9, Throwing)
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mike Pelfrey (W,7-10) 6933220 4.60
Tim Byrdak 0.1110010 3.16
Manny Acosta 1.2200020 3.94
Bobby Parnell (S,1) 1000220 3.92
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Pelfrey 125-76, Tim Byrdak 10-7, Manny Acosta 25-17, Bobby Parnell 22-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Pelfrey 9-7, Manny Acosta 2-1, Bobby Parnell 1-0
Batters Faced - Mike Pelfrey 29, Tim Byrdak 2, Manny Acosta 7, Bobby Parnell 5
Philadelphia Phillies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Shane Victorino, CF5112010 .313
Placido Polanco, 3B5020001 .281
Chase Utley, 2B4131101 .279
Ryan Howard, 1B3000223 .251
Hunter Pence, RF5021026 .311
John Mayberry Jr., LF4000102 .269
Carlos Ruiz, C5120014 .275
Michael Martinez, SS4110012 .211
Kyle Kendrick, P1000001 .227
    Michael Schwimer, P0000000 .000
    Brad Lidge, P0000000 .000
   a- Pete Orr, PH1000000 .231
    Antonio Bastardo, P0000000 .000
    David Herndon, P0000000 .000
   b- Ross Gload, PH1010000 .238
    Ryan Madson, P0000000 .000
Totals38412447  
a-flied out for Lidge in the 6th
b-doubled for Herndon in the 8th
Batting
2B - Chase Utley 2 (19, Pelfrey, Byrdak), Ross Gload (5, Acosta)
SH - Kyle Kendrick (4)
RBI - Shane Victorino 2 (51), Chase Utley (39), Hunter Pence (77)
2-OUT RBI - Shane Victorino 2 (27), Chase Utley (18)
SB - Carlos Ruiz (1, 2nd base off Pelfrey/Thole)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
E - Michael Martinez (4, Misplayed grounder)
Philadelphia Phillies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Kyle Kendrick (L,7-6) 4762112 3.29
Michael Schwimer 1111200 4.50
Brad Lidge 1000120 2.00
Antonio Bastardo 1000220 1.45
David Herndon 1200010 3.53
Ryan Madson 1100010 3.18
HBP - Duda (by Kyle Kendrick)
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Kendrick 81-50, Michael Schwimer 23-12, Brad Lidge 17-8, Antonio Bastardo 24-15, David Herndon 15-10, Ryan Madson 15-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Kendrick 5-7, Michael Schwimer 1-2, David Herndon 1-1, Ryan Madson 2-0
Batters Faced - Kyle Kendrick 22, Michael Schwimer 6, Brad Lidge 4, Antonio Bastardo 5, David Herndon 5, Ryan Madson 4
Game Information
Attendance - 45689
Game Time - 3:41
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Andy Fletcher, First Base - Jim Reynolds, Second Base - Mike DiMuro, Third Base - Tim Welke