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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 (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.
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.
|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 Mets|
|Angel Pagan, CF||5||2||1||0||1||1||6||.264|
|Ruben Tejada, SS||4||1||1||0||1||0||1||.276|
|David Wright, 3B||4||1||3||2||0||1||0||.259|
|Lucas Duda, RF-1B||4||1||1||1||0||1||2||.279|
|Jason Bay, LF||4||1||0||0||1||1||4||.233|
|Nick Evans, 1B||4||1||3||4||0||0||0||.265|
|Jason Pridie, RF||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.224|
|Josh Thole, C||4||0||0||0||1||1||2||.264|
|Justin Turner, 2B||4||0||0||0||1||1||3||.255|
|Mike Pelfrey, P||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.089|
|a- Ronny Paulino, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.289|
|Chris Capuano, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.095|
|Tim Byrdak, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Manny Acosta, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Willie Harris, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.243|
|Bobby Parnell, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-walked for Pelfrey in the 7th|
|b-singled for Acosta in the 9th|
|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|
|DP - Turner-Tejada-Duda|
|E - Lucas Duda 2 (3, Misplayed grounder), Angel Pagan (9, Throwing)|
|New York Mets|
|Mike Pelfrey (W,7-10)||6||9||3||3||2||2||0||4.60|
|Bobby Parnell (S,1)||1||0||0||0||2||2||0||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|
|Shane Victorino, CF||5||1||1||2||0||1||0||.313|
|Placido Polanco, 3B||5||0||2||0||0||0||1||.281|
|Chase Utley, 2B||4||1||3||1||1||0||1||.279|
|Ryan Howard, 1B||3||0||0||0||2||2||3||.251|
|Hunter Pence, RF||5||0||2||1||0||2||6||.311|
|John Mayberry Jr., LF||4||0||0||0||1||0||2||.269|
|Carlos Ruiz, C||5||1||2||0||0||1||4||.275|
|Michael Martinez, SS||4||1||1||0||0||1||2||.211|
|Kyle Kendrick, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.227|
|Michael Schwimer, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brad Lidge, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Pete Orr, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.231|
|Antonio Bastardo, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|David Herndon, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Ross Gload, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.238|
|Ryan Madson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-flied out for Lidge in the 6th|
|b-doubled for Herndon in the 8th|
|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|
|E - Michael Martinez (4, Misplayed grounder)|
|Kyle Kendrick (L,7-6)||4||7||6||2||1||1||2||3.29|
|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|
|Attendance - 45689|
|Game Time - 3:41|
|Temperature - 79|
|Umpires - Home - Andy Fletcher, First Base - Jim Reynolds, Second Base - Mike DiMuro, Third Base - Tim Welke|