Mets 7, Phillies 4

Mike Pelfrey needed a career-high 125 pitches just to get

through six innings. It was worth every one.

Pelfrey pitched effectively, Nick Evans and David Wright homered

and the New York Mets snapped a five-game losing streak with a 7-4

win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday.

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

”He came off the field after the fifth and said, `I got one

more,”’ Mets manager Terry Collins said. ”I needed one more. He

got us to where we needed. That was huge for him.”

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,” said Pelfrey, who

earned his first win since July 27.

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.

Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick (7-6) gave up six runs – two

earned – and seven hits in four innings filling in for Cole

Hamels.

The major league-leading Phillies entered 6 1-2 games ahead of

Atlanta in the NL East. That lead, which was 9 1-2 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.

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.

”It’s all you can ask for is to get a chance to play and you do

the best to make the most of it,” said Evans, who is playing first

base now that Duda was moved to right field. ”It’s definitely

easier to get in a rhythm the more you play.”

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.

”He tried to make that play too quick,” Phillies manager

Charlie Manuel said. ”That’s going to happen. The kid, he’s got

good hands.”

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.

”A great play by J.T. We needed that double play bad,” Collins

said.

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.