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Mets open road stretch with pair in Philly
06/29/2007 4:17 AM ET
By Anthony DiComo / MLB.com

Looking back, the Phillies are very much to blame.
They, after all, came into Shea Stadium in early June, back when the Mets were riding high and opening an ever-widening gap between them and the rest of the National League East. And the Phillies didn't seem to care, sweeping the Mets, closing that gap and sending their rivals spiraling into a month that would see them at one point lose 10 of 12.

Now, the Mets are traveling to Philadelphia for four games in three days, and revenge is squarely on their minds.

"Everybody knows it's going to be a huge series," said third baseman David Wright, "just for what they came in and did to us a little while ago."

Friday's twin bill begins a stretch of 11 straight road games for the Mets, leading them into next month's All-Star break. It's not the most comforting of stretches to behold, but with the Mets finally playing better, things could certainly be worse.

New York has again opened a small lead on Philadelphia and Atlanta in the NL East, and again stands at a crossroads. If the Mets sweep, they'll reassume command of the division. If they're swept, it becomes anybody's game.

And the Mets don't want it to be anybody's game.

"We've been there before, and a lot of guys on this team like to go [to Philadelphia]," said outfielder Shawn Green. "We definitely have a little payback to try to fulfill."

That payback will start with the duo of Orlando Hernandez and John Maine, set to start the doubleheader in that order. Neither pitcher has a loss against Philly this season, and they'll be aiming to keep it that way.

To do so, Hernandez and Maine have to navigate through an odd pairing of Phillies pitchers. J.D. Durbin will take the ball fresh from Triple-A, making just the second start of his young career. Cole Hamels will start the nightcap -- and though he's not all that much more experienced, his killer changeup and 111 strikeouts place him on a whole different plane.

"He knows what he's doing," Green said of Hamels. "When we face him, we've just got to take advantage of the situations that we create, and we can't waste too many opportunities against a guy like him."


Pitching matchup
Game 1
NYM: RHP Orlando Hernandez (3-3, 2.77 ERA)
Hernandez was originally slated to start Thursday's game against St. Louis, and instead will be starting on five full days' rest. That could come in handy after last Saturday's start, in which he threw 119 pitches in shutting out Oakland for seven innings. El Duque saw Philadelphia once earlier this month, holding the Phillies scoreless for six innings.

PHI: RHP J.D. Durbin (0-0, 94.50 ERA)
Durbin gets the call from Triple-A to start the first game for the Phillies, who will take whatever they can get from the rookie. In one relief outing with Arizona earlier this season, Durbin allowed seven runs in just two-thirds of an inning. Three days later, the Phillies claimed his rights off the waiver wire.

Game 2
NYM: RHP John Maine (8-4, 2.87 ERA)
Maine will jump down to the nightcap after originally preparing to start the afternoon tilt. Not that it matters. He has a 2.55 ERA in night games and a 2.99 ERA during the day, joining El Duque in the sub-three ERA club. His last two starts -- both wins -- have been two of his best, as he's allowed just three runs in a combined 14 1/3 innings. He saw the Phillies once in April and once in June, earning a no-decision in both starts.

PHI: LHP Cole Hamels (9-3, 3.80 ERA)
Hamels might have a little extra zip on his fastball after rain cut his night short after just three innings his last time out. He's pitched well in two meetings against the Mets this year, posting a 3.46 ERA with 12 strikeouts in 13 innings. But, like Maine, he has nothing to show for it, earning a no-decision in each outing.

Player to watch
Hawaiian sensation Shane Victorino has given El Duque plenty of trouble in the past, hitting for the cycle in nine career at-bats off the right-hander. That's good for a .444 average and a 1.111 slugging percentage.


Mets go on the road before the all star break!

Saturday: Mets (Jorge Sosa, 6-3, 3.79) at Phillies (J.A. Happ, 0-0, -.--), 3:55 p.m. ET
Sunday: Mets (Oliver Perez, 7-6, 3.14) at Phillies (Kyle Kendrick, 2-0, 5.00), 1:35 p.m. ET
Monday: Mets (Tom Glavine, 7-5, 4.12) at Rockies (Jason Hirsh, 3-7, 5.21), 9:05 p.m. ET
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Game 1

Orlando Hernandez raises his arms after striking out Aaron Rowand to end the sixth. (Rusty Kennedy/AP)


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Carlos Delgado got things going with a two-run homer in the second inning, and the Mets scored three runs in the fourth but had to hang on for a close win in the first game of the twin bill. Orlando Hernandez tossed six strong innings, and Jose Reyes homered.
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J.D. Durbin got off to a great start in his debut for the Phillies, striking out the side in the first inning. But Durbin cooled off from there, allowing six runs on eight hits over 4 2/3 frames. Aaron Rowand, Chris Coste and Wes Helms all homered in the opening loss.
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John Maine pitched into the ninth, allowing four hits and striking out six. (George Widman/AP)



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Carlos Delgado and Jose Reyes homered in Game 1, and Carlos Beltran and Damion Easley joined the long ball parade in the nightcap -- with Beltran belting two -- securing the Mets' sweep of the Phillies. John Maine was superb en route to his ninth win, at one point retiring 13 straight.

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Cole Hamels surrendered a pair of homers to Carlos Beltran, but he was hurt most by the five walks he allowed as the Phillies dropped the nightcap -- and the twin bill -- to the Mets. Philadelphia was held to two runs, one on a Chase Utley sac fly, and the other on Utley's RBI single in the ninth.
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06/30/2007 12:18 AM ET
By Marty Noble / MLB.com

PHILADELPHIA -- The Mets tried to sell it as a return to normalcy, nothing more than a talented baseball team imposing its advantage on a team of less talent. And of course, it was more than that. If they played as well as they lied on Friday night, they would have beaten the Phillies three times or sweat substantially less in beating them twice. But they know diplomacy as well as they know how to win. So they were content to beat the second-place -- now third-place -- team and not their chests.
"The job's not done yet. We have two more games here," one of the less tactful ones said in a moment of candor. "They came into our place and beat us three times. We want to do them one better."

So the Mets will return to this potentially perilous park on Saturday with a four-game sweep in their minds and greed in their hearts.

"Why not go after them that way?" Willie Randolph said.

As gratifying as Friday's 6-5, 5-2 sweep was, it hardly left the first-place team sated. Payback for three late-inning losses at Shea Stadium earlier this month is only part of their motivation. There is the less-specific need to move forward.

"It's time to start grinding it out," Randolph said, as if a bell just had rung in the clubhouse.

No more Yankees or Interleague interference, no more three-time-zone excursions.

"Let just start to play well and consistently," Randolph said. "We've had our ups and downs the last three weeks. We're beyond that now."

The sweep delighted the skipper because it was so thorough and multifaceted. The Phillies' bullpen outperformed the Mets' in the first game -- as it did in each of the three games in Flushing, June 5-7. But that was before Billy Wagner blew away the Phillies in the ninth inning and made a one-run lead look like seven, striking out three in a clean inning.

And Wagner, in some ways, was more impressive in the second game, replacing John Maine with Jimmy Rollins on second base, none out, a four-run lead, Chase Utley guaranteed an at-bat and Ryan Howard likely to get one. Wagner hadn't pitched in two games in one day since June 2004, when he was with the Phillies.

"Usually, I'm OK the day after," Wagner said. "But I'm not very good in the second game."

But in this second game, he was quite acceptable, allowing Rollins to score on Utley's hit but eventually striking out Aaron Rowand and Pat Burrell with Utley and Howard on base. Teammates knew how difficult his assignment had been, given his work in the first game.

But it hardly merited a Wagner double-ring ceremony. As David Wright said, starting pitching "is why we won the doubleheader."

Maine and Orlando Hernandez pitched very well, extending the streak of formidable performances by the rotation.

The bats came through as well. Carlos Delgado and Jose Reyes homered in the first game, and in Game 2, Carlos Beltran hit two home runs off Cole Hamels, the Phillies' primary starter, and Damion Easley belted one off Geoff Geary.

"When we're playing well, we get contributions from everyone," Beltran said.

The greatest contribution came from Maine, who limited Philadelphia to four baserunners in eight-plus innings and won his third straight start. He beat the Phillies for the first time this season -- he had two no-decisions -- and the fourth time in his career. He never has lost to them.

"Winning the first game was critical," Wagner said, "because they had their best [Hamels] going in the second. Then John buries them in the second game, and we win. That was huge."

Maine (9-4) struck out six and walked none, throwing 101 pitches to reach the ninth inning for the first time since last season. Hamels (9-4) threw 75 pitches in the first two innings -- the Mets made him work -- and departed after five innings and 110 pitches.

A wild pitch produced the Mets' first run. Beltran produced the 19th multihomer game of his career, hitting bases-empty home runs in the third and fifth innings. He and Delgado have 12 home runs each. Wright leads the team with 13.

The Phillies, who fought back in the first game, tried to do so again in the second, but they fell farther behind in the division race. If, in fact, the Mets had invited them to rejoin the National League East race with their struggles earlier this month, then what they did on Friday in Citizens Bank Park stands as a firm withdrawal of the invitation, not to mention a reaffirmation of superiority.

The last time the Mets swept a doubleheader in this city was on June 28, 1980. But they have played only four since then, losing two and splitting two.

Now the Mets are as far ahead -- five games -- as they have been all season. They held a five-game lead once previously, on May 29.

Two days later, the Phillies were a season-high 8 1/2 behind. They had reduced that deficit by 6 1/2 last week. Now it's back at five and -- the Mets believe -- growing.


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NY Mets 0  2  1  3  0  0  0  0  0    6 9 0 
Philadelphia 0  1  0  0  0  1  2  1  0    5 6 0 
 
 
Standings thru 6/29/07  |  Wrap  |  Gameday  
 
 NY Mets AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG 
Reyes, SS 4 1 2 1 0 1 1 .316 
Valentin, 2B 4 0 1 0 0 2 0 .276 
Beltran, CF 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 .266 
Wright, 3B 3 1 1 0 1 1 0 .288 
Delgado, 1B 4 2 3 2 0 1 0 .230 
Green, RF 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 .278 
  Gomez, RF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .270 
Castro, C 4 1 1 1 0 2 0 .254 
Ledee, LF 3 1 0 0 1 1 0 .217 
Hernandez, P 3 0 1 1 0 1 0 .200 
  Mota, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 
  Feliciano, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 
  Heilman, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 
  a-Gotay, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .291 
  Wagner, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 
Totals 34 6 9 5 2 10 5   

a-Flied out for Heilman in the 9th.  

BATTING
2B: Wright (19, Durbin), Delgado (17, Durbin), Castro (3, Durbin).
HR: Delgado (12, 2nd inning off Durbin, 1 on, 0 out), Reyes (4, 3rd inning off Durbin, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Reyes 5; Valentin; Wright 2; Delgado 7; Castro 2; Hernandez.
RBI: Delgado 2 (44), Reyes (34), Castro (14), Hernandez (3).
2-out RBI: Castro; Hernandez.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Green.
GIDP: Beltran.
Team LOB: 3.

BASERUNNING
SB: Wright (17, 2nd base off Durbin/Barajas).
CS: Reyes (11, 2nd base by Condrey/Barajas).

 
   Philadelphia AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG 
Rollins, SS 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 .286 
Bourn, RF-CF 3 1 1 0 1 0 0 .286 
Utley, 2B 3 0 0 0 1 1 2 .328 
Howard, 1B 3 0 0 0 1 2 2 .249 
Rowand, CF 3 1 1 1 0 2 2 .317 
  Condrey, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 
  Zagurski, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 
  b-Burrell, PH 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 .207 
  1-Eaton, PR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .194 
  Mesa, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 
Dobbs, LF 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 .295 
Helms, 3B 4 1 1 2 0 2 0 .240 
Barajas, C 4 0 0 0 0 2 0 .210 
Durbin, P 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 
  Sanches, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 
  a-Coste, PH 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 .429 
  Victorino, RF 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .265 
Totals 33 5 6 5 3 11 7   

a-Homered for Sanches in the 6th. b-Singled for Zagurski in the 8th. 
1-Ran for Burrell in the 8th.  

BATTING
HR: Rowand (11, 2nd inning off Hernandez, 0 on, 0 out), Coste (1, 6th inning off Hernandez, 0 on, 0 out), Helms (2, 7th inning off Mota, 1 on, 0 out).
TB: Bourn; Rowand 4; Burrell; Dobbs; Helms 4; Coste 4.
RBI: Rowand (41), Coste (1), Helms 2 (19), Burrell (32).
2-out RBI: Burrell.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Rowand.
Team LOB: 4.

BASERUNNING
SB: Bourn (12, 2nd base off Heilman/Castro).

FIELDING
DP: (Howard-Rollins-Howard).

 
 
  
NY Mets IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA 
Hernandez (W, 4-3) 6.0 3 2 2 2 7 2 2.78 
Mota  1.0 2 2 2 0 1 1 5.63 
Feliciano (H, 7) 0.2 0 1 1 1 0 0 1.88 
Heilman (H, 6) 0.1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3.93 
Wagner (S, 16) 1.0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1.78 
   Philadelphia IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA 
Durbin (L, 0-1) 4.2 8 6 6 2 5 2 21.94 
Sanches  1.1 0 0 0 0 2 0 2.70 
Condrey  1.1 1 0 0 0 1 0 7.36 
Zagurski  0.2 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.50 
Mesa  1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 8.41 
 

WP: Durbin.
IBB: Ledee (by Durbin).
Pitches-strikes: Hernandez 97-56, Mota 19-13, Feliciano 14-9, Heilman 9-6, Wagner 14-10, Durbin 100-58, Sanches 13-9, Condrey 16-10, Zagurski 11-7, Mesa 10-7.
Ground outs-fly outs: Hernandez 5-6, Mota 1-1, Feliciano 0-2, Heilman 0-1, Wagner 0-0, Durbin 4-5, Sanches 1-1, Condrey 1-1, Zagurski 1-0, Mesa 0-2.
Batters faced: Hernandez 23, Mota 5, Feliciano 3, Heilman 2, Wagner 3, Durbin 23, Sanches 4, Condrey 4, Zagurski 2, Mesa 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Heilman 1-1, Sanches 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Adam Dowdy. 1B: Chad Fairchild. 2B: Dale Scott. 3B: Dan Iassogna.
Weather: 73 degrees, drizzle.
Wind: 3 mph, Out to CF.
T: 3:13.
Att: 35,849.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner

Game 1 box score as Billy Wagner shuts the door and mets hold on for the win!



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NY Mets 0  1  1  0  1  0  2  0  0    5 10 1 
Philadelphia 0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  1    2 5 0 
 
 
Standings thru 6/29/07  |  Wrap  |  Gameday  
 
 NY Mets AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG 
Reyes, SS 4 0 2 0 2 2 0 .319 
Lo Duca, C 4 0 1 0 1 0 3 .281 
Beltran, CF 5 2 2 2 0 1 5 .268 
Wright, 3B 3 1 1 0 2 2 0 .289 
Delgado, 1B 3 0 0 0 2 1 4 .228 
Easley, 2B 4 1 2 2 1 1 6 .257 
Green, RF 5 1 1 0 0 0 3 .276 
Gomez, LF 4 0 1 0 1 0 1 .269 
Maine, P 4 0 0 0 0 2 3 .107 
  Wagner, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 
Totals 36 5 10 4 9 9 25   

BATTING
2B: Wright (20, Geary), Lo Duca (9, Romero).
HR: Beltran 2 (12, 3rd inning off Hamels, 0 on, 0 out; 5th inning off Hamels, 0 on, 1 out), Easley (8, 7th inning off Geary, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Reyes 2; Lo Duca 2; Beltran 8; Wright 2; Easley 5; Green; Gomez.
RBI: Beltran 2 (46), Easley 2 (20).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Easley 4; Lo Duca; Green; Beltran.
Team LOB: 14.

BASERUNNING
SB: Reyes (39, 2nd base off Hamels/Ruiz), Gomez (9, 2nd base off Sanches/Ruiz), Green (6, 2nd base off Hamels/Ruiz).
CS: Gomez (2, 3rd base by Sanches/Ruiz).

FIELDING
E: Lo Duca (5, throw).

 
   Philadelphia AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG 
Rollins, SS 4 1 1 0 0 1 0 .286 
Bourn, RF 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 .288 
  b-Coste, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .375 
Utley, 2B 3 0 2 2 0 0 0 .331 
Howard, 1B 3 0 0 0 1 1 1 .245 
Rowand, CF 4 0 0 0 0 2 2 .313 
Burrell, LF 4 0 0 0 0 2 2 .203 
Nunez, 3B 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .266 
  Geary, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 
  Romero, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 
  a-Victorino, PH 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .267 
  Sanches, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 
Ruiz, C 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .277 
Hamels, P 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .189 
  Dobbs, 3B 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 .291 
Totals 31 2 5 2 1 8 8   

a-Singled for Romero in the 8th. b-Popped out for Bourn in the 9th.  

BATTING
2B: Utley (31, Maine), Rollins (20, Maine).
TB: Rollins 2; Bourn; Utley 3; Victorino.
RBI: Utley 2 (66).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Howard; Dobbs; Burrell.
SF: Utley.
Team LOB: 4.

BASERUNNING
SB: Bourn (13, 2nd base off Maine/Lo Duca).

 
 
  
NY Mets IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA 
Maine (W, 9-4) 8.0 4 2 1 0 6 0 2.74 
Wagner  1.0 1 0 0 1 2 0 1.73 
   Philadelphia IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA 
Hamels (L, 9-4) 5.0 5 3 3 5 5 2 3.87 
Geary  2.0 4 2 2 0 1 1 5.31 
Romero  1.0 1 0 0 2 2 0 3.00 
Sanches  1.0 0 0 0 2 1 0 2.35 
 

Maine pitched to 1 batter in the 9th.

WP: Hamels.
IBB: Wright (by Romero), Reyes (by Sanches).
HBP: Maine (by Geary).
Pitches-strikes: Maine 101-63, Wagner 23-15, Hamels 110-68, Geary 33-24, Romero 25-13, Sanches 13-4.
Ground outs-fly outs: Maine 8-10, Wagner 0-1, Hamels 5-5, Geary 2-3, Romero 0-1, Sanches 0-1.
Batters faced: Maine 28, Wagner 5, Hamels 25, Geary 11, Romero 6, Sanches 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Wagner 1-1.
Umpires: HP: Ron Kulpa. 1B: Dale Scott. 2B: Dan Iassogna. 3B: Chad Fairchild.
Weather: 73 degrees, overcast.
Wind: 7 mph, Out to CF.
T: 2:50.
Att: 45,165.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner

Game 2 had John Maine out pitch Cole Hammels as the mets completed the sweep.
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Philadelphia Phillies 41 39 .513 5.0 
Florida Marlins 37 43 .463 9.0 
Washington Nationals 32 47 .405 13.5
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06/30/2007 10:42 PM ET
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PHILADELPHIA -- They lost too much at home and no longer won enough on the road to compensate. They lost more often than they won. And yet, they enter the season's fourth month, leading the division by a margin greater than the one that existed when the third month began. Now, even though they're playing well again and beating up the team that challenged them, the Mets may be easier to beat than to figure out.
They survived a June that suggested the schedule maker held a grudge against them, and somehow they retained their National League East lead throughout. They think they're disciples of the "if it don't kill 'ya, it makes you stronger" axiom. But they're not sure. The Mets can't figure out the Mets.

For that matter, neither can the Phillies.

That much became clear -- or clearer -- on Saturday when the Mets buried them for the third time in two days and offset the three-game sweep that the Phillies executed at Shea Stadium in the first week of their challenging month. With a resounding 8-3 victory, the Mets kept their record at Citizens Bank Park unsoiled and moved on to July, hoping form will hold in the dog days of summer.

For now, the Mets are as difficult to explain as the cheering that regularly greets them in the home of their enemy.

"Things are a little reversed with us and them, aren't they?" Aaron Heilman said.

When the Mets' home run power, often missing at Shea, produced the victory on Saturday, it put their record in this perilous park this year at 5-0. The Phillies' record in Queens is 4-2. Go figure.

When Carlos Beltran hit two home runs -- for the second straight game -- and David Wright and Paul Lo Duca hit one each, the Mets' advantage in home runs in Philly this season jumped to 11-4. The Phillies have hit seven home runs at Shea to the Mets' four. And three of the Mets' four homers happened in a New York minute on June 6.

More go-figure figures.

"It has been kind of bizarre," Wright said.

The Mets aren't trying to understand it so much as they're trying to extend it. They have one more game here until the final days of August, and they'd to like to leave the Phillies limping. A victory on Sunday afternoon would push Philadelphia seven games behind. And that's the plan.

"I said this morning, I'd like to return the favor," manager Willie Randolph said in the afternoon. An eye for an eye, a sweep for a sweep.

The third stage of this possible sweep came with all sorts of sidecar issues, not the least of which were injuries to starter Jorge Sosa (left hamstring) and Jose Reyes (seemingly bruised right shoulder). But the Mets' 12th victory in 27 June games had some good stuff, too.

Beltran gave the kind of performance MVP voters recall, hitting his 13th and 14th home runs -- the first batting right-handed, the second left-handed -- and two singles, scoring three runs, driving in four RBIs and making a handsome catch on the warning track in center field.

"He just goes off sometime and plays like that," Randolph said. "There aren't many guys who put together a game like that."

Beltran hit his first home run with a runner on base in the fifth inning against left-handed starter J.A. Happ, who made his big-league debut, to give the Mets a 5-3 lead. The second came in the seventh inning with the bases empty against reliever Ryan Madson.

Beltran hit a home run from each side of the plate for the second time as a Met and fifth time in his career. The Mets have hit "switch" home runs in the same game 17 times, the most by any NL franchise. Beltran has hit two home runs in two consecutive games twice in his career. The other instance was on July 29-30, 2006, in Atlanta. Two other Mets, Gary Carter and Frank Thomas -- no, not that Frank Thomas -- also did it. No big-league player other than Beltran has done it in 11 months.

"It's a great feeling when you do something like this," Beltran said. "Right now, everything feels right. I've worked like I did when I wasn't hitting. This time, it worked. You work in the cage, and sometimes it takes a few days to carry it to the game. Sometimes, you go up there thinking about what you did in the cage. Right now, I'm not thinking about anything. I'm just swinging."

Beltran also played a role in the almost best-ever catch of the day -- of the millennium? His second home run reached the Phillies' bullpen in right-center field only after it glanced off the glove of Aaron Rowand, who climbed the fence, put his waist over the top and extended his glove hand some five feet into home run territory.

"If he had caught that one," Beltran said, "it would have been a sad moment for me."

"We do good things here. We all like it here," Reyes said. "Every time we come here it feels like home."

Go figure.


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Philadelphia 0  2  0  1  0  0  0  0  0    3 6 2 
 
 
Standings thru 6/30/07  |  Wrap  |  Gameday  
 
 NY Mets AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG 
Reyes, SS 5 1 1 0 0 2 3 .317 
Lo Duca, C 4 3 2 2 1 0 0 .284 
Beltran, CF 5 3 4 3 0 1 0 .277 
Wright, 3B 4 1 1 2 0 0 1 .288 
Delgado, 1B 5 0 1 0 0 1 0 .227 
Easley, 2B 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 .257 
Green, RF 3 0 1 0 1 1 2 .277 
Gomez, LF 3 0 0 0 0 1 4 .260 
Sosa, P 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 .105 
  1-Maine, PR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .107 
  Schoeneweis, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 
  Heilman, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 
  a-Ledee, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .208 
  Feliciano, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 
Totals 37 8 11 7 2 9 12   

a-Struck out for Heilman in the 8th. 
1-Ran for Sosa in the 6th.  

BATTING
2B: Delgado (18, Happ).
HR: Lo Duca (5, 1st inning off Happ, 1 on, 0 out), Wright (14, 1st inning off Happ, 0 on, 1 out), Beltran 2 (14, 5th inning off Happ, 1 on, 0 out; 7th inning off Madson, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Reyes; Lo Duca 5; Beltran 10; Wright 4; Delgado 2; Easley; Green.
RBI: Lo Duca 2 (23), Wright 2 (44), Beltran 3 (49).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Gomez; Reyes 2.
SF: Wright.
GIDP: Wright.
Team LOB: 6.

FIELDING
DP: 2 (Wright-Easley-Delgado, Reyes-Easley-Delgado).

 
   Philadelphia AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG 
Rollins, SS 3 0 0 0 1 0 1 .283 
Bourn, LF 3 0 0 0 1 3 1 .274 
Utley, 2B 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 .327 
Howard, 1B 4 2 2 1 0 0 0 .250 
Rowand, CF 3 1 1 0 1 1 0 .313 
Victorino, RF 3 0 0 0 1 2 1 .265 
Dobbs, 3B 3 0 0 0 0 1 3 .286 
  b-Helms, PH 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .244 
Ruiz, C 4 0 2 1 0 0 1 .281 
Happ, P 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000 
  Madson, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 
  Romero, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 
  a-Nunez, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .264 
  Mesa, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 
Totals 30 3 6 2 4 9 10   

a-Popped out for Romero in the 7th. b-Singled for Dobbs in the 9th.  

BATTING
HR: Howard (19, 4th inning off Sosa, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Howard 5; Rowand; Helms; Ruiz 2.
RBI: Ruiz (27), Howard (57).
2-out RBI: Ruiz.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Utley.
S: Madson.
GIDP: Dobbs; Ruiz.
Team LOB: 5.

FIELDING
E: Rollins (7, fielding), Utley (5, throw).
PB: Ruiz (3).
DP: (Rollins-Utley-Howard).

 
 
  
NY Mets IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA 
Sosa (W, 7-3) 5.0 4 3 3 3 4 1 3.92 
Schoeneweis (H, 7) 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 5.65 
Heilman (H, 7) 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 3.82 
Feliciano (S, 1) 2.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 1.76 
   Philadelphia IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA 
Happ (L, 0-1) 4.0 7 5 5 2 5 3 11.25 
Madson  2.2 2 1 1 0 2 1 3.92 
Romero  0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2.95 
Mesa  2.0 2 2 1 0 1 0 8.06 
 

Happ pitched to 2 batters in the 5th.

WP: Madson.
HBP: Gomez (by Mesa).
Pitches-strikes: Sosa 80-49, Schoeneweis 12-10, Heilman 21-12, Feliciano 18-13, Happ 94-58, Madson 32-22, Romero 5-4, Mesa 26-13.
Ground outs-fly outs: Sosa 5-6, Schoeneweis 0-1, Heilman 1-1, Feliciano 3-1, Happ 2-5, Madson 3-3, Romero 0-0, Mesa 1-4.
Batters faced: Sosa 21, Schoeneweis 4, Heilman 4, Feliciano 6, Happ 21, Madson 10, Romero 1, Mesa 9.
Umpires: HP: Dale Scott. 1B: Dan Iassogna. 2B: Adam Dowdy. 3B: Ron Kulpa.
Weather: 80 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 5 mph, L to R.
T: 3:06.
Att: 45,003.

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Mets 8, Phillies 3

Carlos Beltran produced his third two-homer game of the season on Saturday. (Rusty Kennedy/AP)


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One day after Carlos Beltran belted two homers in the second game of a doubleheader, the Mets center fielder followed that performance up with another two-homer game. In a contest that saw Jorge Sosa, who pitched five solid frames, leave with a hamstring injury, David Wright and Paul Lo Duca each hit a homer in the first inning.
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Hoping to pick up a game against the Mets in the NL East standings, the Phillies were instead dealt a tough loss. J.A. Happ, who made his big-league debut, recovered from his first-inning struggles, but he was bounced out of the game in the fifth. Ryan Howard briefly tied the game in the fourth inning with a moonshot off the Mets' Jorge Sosa.
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