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Phillies cruise past Mets after five-run first inning

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PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies manager Charlie Manuel calls the summer months "hittin' weather." With unseasonably warm temperatures in April reaching the mid-80s, Philadelphia started its hitting a bit early.

Domonic Brown and Chase Utley hit home runs in a five-run first, Kyle Kendrick threw six effective innings and the Phillies beat the New York Mets 7-3 on Wednesday night.

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Pinch-hitter Laynce Nix also went deep for the Phillies, who took two straight from the Mets to earn their first series victory of the year.

The suddenly slugging Phillies have six home runs in the past two games -- both days were in the 80s -- after hitting four in the first seven.

"We just started getting good balls to hit and started swinging the bats good," Manuel said.

John Buck hit a home run for the third consecutive game and Lucas Duda had two solo shots for New York. The Mets set a club record by hitting at least one home run in their first nine games.

Kendrick (1-1) allowed two runs and eight hits to become the first Philadelphia starter other than Cliff Lee to get a victory.

"I wanted to pitch as deep as I can, battle and make pitches," Kendrick said. "I felt like as the game went on, I got more comfortable."

Mets starter Jeremy Hefner (0-2) gave up five runs and six hits in three innings.

"I know I'm good enough to beat those guys," he said.

A rain delay halted the game for 27 minutes in the bottom of the fourth, and strong winds and a heavy downpour late in the game left the field littered with trash during the final inning.

A night after hitting three home runs off Dillon Gee in the third inning, the Phillies used the long ball in the first to jump ahead 5-0.

Jimmy Rollins hit a double after Ben Revere was caught stealing second because he overslid the bag. Utley then drove one out to straightaway center for a 2-0 lead.

Ryan Howard followed with a single and Michael Young walked before Brown launched a changeup into the first row of the second deck in right field to make it 5-0.

"I think there's something to be said for everything being contagious," Young said. "Starting pitchers feed off each other and hitters can, too."

Buck connected in the second for the Mets, lining a shot out to left-center. He has five home runs and 15 RBI in nine games. The Mets had five homers last season from all of their catchers -- Josh Thole (one), Kelly Shoppach (three), Mike Nickeas (one).

Duda hit a towering, 414-foot drive into the second deck in right field in the fourth to cut it to 5-2. He took Mike Adams deep in the eighth.

Kendrick pitched out of a jam in the fifth after the Mets put the first two runners on. He struck out David Wright swinging at a 2-2 changeup. After a wild pitch, Revere ran a long way to catch Ike Davis' shallow fly to left-center. Revere than threw to second base to double off Daniel Murphy.

"It was a bad play," Murphy said. "Even if it falls, it's first and third with one out. Just a bad play."

Mets center fielder Jordany Valdespin made an outstanding shoestring catch on a shallow fly by Erik Kratz to leave the bases loaded in the third.

Nix hit a two-run shot off LaTroy Hawkins in the sixth.

Notes

  • Nix has three career pinch-hit home runs.
  • Davis was 0 for 4 to drop to 4 for 30 this season.
  • Valdespin had a career-best three hits.
  • The Phillies open a three-game series in Miami on Friday night. John Lannan opposes Ricky Nolasco (0-1) in the opener.
  • The Mets visit Minnesota for a three-game series, starting Friday night. Jonathon Niese (1-0) faces Vance Worley (0-1) in the opener.
 
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The Mets' John Buck can't beat the throw to Ryan Howard at first during the sixth inning of the Phillies win. (AP)
The Mets' John Buck can't beat the throw to Ryan Howard at first during the sixth inning of the Phillies win. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

L. Duda
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 2
RBI 2
Philadelphia

D. Brown
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
 
New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jordany Valdespin, CF5030023 .400
Daniel Murphy, 2B3000112 .303
David Wright, 3B4000024 .250
Ike Davis, 1B4000012 .129
John Buck, C4111020 .375
Lucas Duda, LF4232000 .308
Mike Baxter, RF2020100 .364
    Scott Rice, P0000000 .000
   a- Kirk Nieuwenhuis, PH1000010 .182
    Bobby Parnell, P0000000 .000
Ruben Tejada, SS4020002 .233
Jeremy Hefner, P1000013 .000
   b- Justin Turner, PH1000001 .364
    Josh Edgin, P0000000 .000
    LaTroy Hawkins, P0000000 .000
    Marlon Byrd, RF2000001 .250
Totals353113210  
a-struck out for Rice in the 8th
b-grounded out for Hefner in the 4th
Batting
2B - Lucas Duda (2, Kendrick), Mike Baxter (1, Kendrick)
HR - John Buck (5, Kendrick), Lucas Duda 2 (3, Kendrick, Adams)
RBI - John Buck (15), Lucas Duda 2 (6)
2-OUT RBI - Lucas Duda (2)
CS - Jordany Valdespin (1, 2nd base by Kendrick/Kratz)
Team LOB - 7
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeremy Hefner (L,0-2) 3655322 6.00
Josh Edgin 2100040 1.59
LaTroy Hawkins 0.2322001 8.31
Scott Rice 1.1000010 1.59
Bobby Parnell 1000020 0.00
IBB - Brown by Jeremy Hefner
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Hefner 68-39, Josh Edgin 29-21, LaTroy Hawkins 19-9, Scott Rice 11-9, Bobby Parnell 10-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Hefner 2-4, LaTroy Hawkins 2-0, Scott Rice 1-2
Batters Faced - Jeremy Hefner 17, Josh Edgin 7, LaTroy Hawkins 5, Scott Rice 4, Bobby Parnell 3
Philadelphia Phillies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ben Revere, CF3000110 .211
Jimmy Rollins, SS4120010 .316
Chase Utley, 2B4112001 .333
Ryan Howard, 1B4120010 .200
Michael Young, 3B3120100 .375
Domonic Brown, LF3113111 .242
John Mayberry Jr., RF4000023 .263
Erik Kratz, C4110013 .207
Kyle Kendrick, P2000020 .250
   a- Laynce Nix, PH1112000 .267
    Antonio Bastardo, P0000000 .000
    Mike Adams, P0000000 .000
   b- Freddy Galvis, PH1000000 .000
    Jonathan Papelbon, P0000000 .000
Totals33710739  
a-homered for Kendrick in the 6th
b-flied out for Adams in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jimmy Rollins (5, Hefner), Michael Young (2, Hefner)
HR - Chase Utley (2, Hefner), Domonic Brown (2, Hefner), Laynce Nix (1, Hawkins)
RBI - Chase Utley 2 (9), Domonic Brown 3 (5), Laynce Nix 2 (3)
CS - Ben Revere (1, 2nd base by Hefner/Buck)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Ben Revere 1
DP - Kratz-Utley, Revere-Utley, Rollins-Utley-Howard
Philadelphia Phillies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Kyle Kendrick (W,1-1) 6822262 5.40
Antonio Bastardo 1100000 0.00
Mike Adams 1111031 2.70
Jonathan Papelbon 1100010 6.00
WP - Kyle Kendrick (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Kendrick 105-66, Antonio Bastardo 21-11, Mike Adams 19-11, Jonathan Papelbon 7-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Kendrick 5-5, Antonio Bastardo 1-2, Jonathan Papelbon 1-0
Batters Faced - Kyle Kendrick 26, Antonio Bastardo 4, Mike Adams 4, Jonathan Papelbon 3
Game Information
Attendance - 38715
Game Time - 2:55
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - John Hirschbeck, First Base - Bob Davidson, Second Base - Jim Reynolds, Third Base - James Hoye