Phillies 9, Mets 4

John Mayberry Jr. isn’t going to ride those minor league buses

anytime soon.

Mayberry hit another homer and Shane Victorino also went deep to

back Vance Worley and help the Philadelphia Phillies beat the New

York Mets 9-4 on Tuesday night.

Mayberry, who had the game-winning hit in the season opener, has

shuttled between Triple-A Lehigh Valley and Philadelphia three

times this year. He’s earned a spot in the big leagues by batting

.326 (29 for 89) with nine homers and 29 RBIs in 31 games since his

last recall on July 5.

“I think my attitude stayed the same each and every time I was

sent down,” Mayberry said. “I was disappointed, but I had to work

hard and try to stay the next time.”

He’s not only here to stay. He’s making it hard for manager

Charlie Manuel to keep him out of the lineup.

“He’s kind of earned the right to stay in there for a while,”

Manuel said. “He’s been pretty good.”

One night after Cliff Lee and David Herndon combined on a

five-hitter in Philadelphia’s 10-0 win, Worley (9-1) blanked the

Mets until the seventh. The rookie right-hander allowed one run and

five hits in seven innings and had a career-high nine strikeouts to

win his seventh straight decision.

Playing without Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez, the

Phillies got 13 hits and rocked Jonathon Niese (11-11). The red-hot

Mayberry and Victorino both had two hits and three RBIs to help

Philadelphia earn its major league-best 83rd win.

Niese gave up eight runs and 10 hits in four-plus innings in his

worst start of the season. He’s likely headed to the disabled list

with a rib injury.

“For some reason when he makes a mistake, he gets hit hard,”

Mets manager Terry Collins said.

An RBI groundout by Justin Turner in the seventh snapped the

Mets’ 17 1-3 innings scoreless streak, their longest of the season.

Lucas Duda hit a two-run homer off Michael Stutes in the eighth.

New York has lost five straight and 17 of 22.

Worley pitched out of trouble in the first two innings and

retired 15 straight at one point. The Phillies have won his last 12

starts. That’s the most for a rookie pitcher since Texas won 12

consecutive starts by Bobby Witt in 1986.

“It’s a big deal to get in trouble and battle out,” Worley


Victorino drove one out to left to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead

in the third. A few batters later, Mayberry ripped a three-run shot

to the seats in left to make it 4-0.

Mayberry hit a two-run homer on Monday filling in for left

fielder Ibanez, who has a sore groin. He started this one at first

base for Howard, who has bursitis in his left heel. Mayberry is

batting .326 (29 for 89) with nine homers and 29 RBIs in 31 games

since his last recall from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on July 5.

Worley had an RBI single in the fifth and Victorino lined a

two-run triple to center to put the Phillies up 9-0. Mets center

fielder Angel Pagan didn’t get a good read on the ball, and then

jogged after it. Victorino extended his hitting streak to 11 games,

and is batting .314 with a career-high 14 triples and 14 homers in

his best all-around season.

The Mets wasted opportunities early, leaving five runners on.

They had runners at first and third with no outs in the first after

consecutive singles by Pagan and Ruben Tejada. David Wright hit a

sharp grounder to third baseman Placido Polanco, who threw Pagan

out trying to score. Duda struck out looking. After Jason Bay

walked, Nick Evans took a called third strike to end the


Josh Thole singled leading off the second and Turner hit a

double to put runners on second and third. But Worley struck out

Niese, Pagan and Tejada – each looking – to leave the runners


Notes: Mets SS Jose Reyes will leave the team on Wednesday to

start a rehab assignment at Double-A Binghamton on Thursday.

Collins said Reyes could stay there three days. … The Mets are

1-7-1 in their last nine series in Philadelphia. … Mets OF Scott

Hairston also may be headed to the DL with a rib injury. …The

Phillies placed All-Star lefty Cole Hamels on the DL, retro to Aug.

13. Hamels is slated to start on Monday at Cincinnati. … Phillies

RHP Jose Contreras will have season-ending elbow surgery. Contreras

has been out since late June. … A crowd of 45,770 was the 202nd

straight sellout at Citizens Bank Park, including postseason play.

… The Phillies are 25-3 when catcher Brian Schneider starts. …

Kyle Kendrick (7-5, 3.24) will start the series finale for the

Phillies on Wednesday afternoon. Kendrick is 4-5 with a 2.88 ERA in

13 career games against the Mets. Mike Pelfrey (6-10, 4.61) will

take the mound for the Mets. He’s 6-6 with a 5.12 ERA in 17 games

vs. Philadelphia.