Phillies 11, Mets 4
PHILADELPHIA (AP)—By the time Jose Reyes circled the bases for the third time, New York’s deficit was too much for the All-Star shortstop to enjoy his accomplishment.
Reyes became the seventh player to hit three homers in a game for the Mets, who have a 13-game lead over the Phillies in the NL East. He is the eighth player—it’s been done 16 times—to homer from both sides of the plate for New York.
“We lost, so I can’t get too excited,” Reyes said. “If we would’ve won, it would’ve been more exciting.”
Randy Wolf pitched seven innings for his first win since elbow ligament replacement surgery. The left-hander, making his fourth start since coming off the disabled list, hadn’t won since June 5 last year against Arizona. Wolf (1-0) allowed two runs and four hits, and helped himself with two hits and two RBIs.
“The first step was being out there and getting guys out,” Wolf said. “It took a few starts to put things together. It always helps when the team comes out swinging like that.”
A night after Mets ace Pedro Martinez gave up six runs in the first inning for the first time in his career, Orlando Hernandez allowed 11 runs and 10 hits in four innings in his worst outing in the majors. Hernandez (8-9) gave up 10 runs against Anaheim while pitching for the Yankees on July 29, 1998.
“It was just not a good night,” El Duque said.
The Phillies improved to 18-13 since the All-Star break and 11-6 since trading Bobby Abreu and Cory Lidle to the Yankees on July 30. Philadelphia entered 3 1/2 games behind NL wild card-leading Cincinnati.
Reyes hit the first pitch of the game into the left-field seats. He added another solo homer off Wolf in the third inning and drove a two-run shot into the upper deck against reliever Brian Sanches in the eighth inning.
“He’s one of the most exciting players in the game,” Mets manager Willie Randolph said. “He’s just scratching the surface. He’ll be around for a long, long time.”
Hernandez quickly ran into trouble after retiring leadoff batter Jimmy Rollins. Victorino followed with a homer to right field to tie it at 1. Chase Utley singled, Ryan Howard walked and Dellucci drove an 0-1 pitch just beyond the right-field fence to put the Phillies ahead 4-1.
Dellucci has 12 homers and 26 extra-base hits in only 182 at-bats. Abreu had eight homers in 339 at-bats before he was traded, giving Dellucci an opportunity for more playing time.
Victorino’s two-run triple to right-center made it 6-1 in the second.
“I always thought Victorino was a real good player and Dellucci has been good since we had him,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.
Wolf, a decent hitter who is used as the Phillies’ fifth bench player on days he doesn’t start, hit a two-run double down the right-field line to put the Phillies ahead 8-1 in the third. Rollins followed with a sacrifice fly for a 9-1 lead.
Phillies All-Star closer Tom Gordon remains day to day with soreness in his right shoulder. An MRI test on Tuesday showed Gordon had no damage in the shoulder. The team said the results were “consistent” with the tests Gordon had prior to signing an $18 million, three-year contract in December. … Reyes has five of his seven career leadoff homers this season. Reyes and Kaz Matsui (2004) share the single-season team record for leadoff homers. … Jack Fisher was the previous Mets pitcher to give up 11 runs. He did it in 4 2-3 innings against San Francisco on June 3, 1967. … Rollins had his sixth consecutive multihit game. … The Phillies are 4-0 when Wolf starts.
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