Phillies 4, Mets 2, 11 innings
NEW YORK (AP)—Chase Utley is drawing raves from his manager that were previously reserved for a cherished Hall of Famer.
“What do you want me to say about him? I can’t say enough,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. “He is something really special. He’s what I call a player. I used to say Kirby Puckett was my favorite player. I love Kirby Puckett, but Chase is getting there.”
Utley’s opposite-field shot to left off Pedro Feliciano (1-1) was the first homer the left-hander has allowed this season. The normally reliable reliever was charged with another run, too, increasing his ERA from 0.90 to 1.80 in 24 appearances.
“This time, he got me,” Feliciano said, adding that he shook off catcher Paul Lo Duca’s sign for a slider and served up a sinker instead. “He had a good swing. It was a little up.”
Left-handed hitters were 2-for-23 with eight strikeouts against Feliciano this season before Utley’s homer and Ryan Howard’s single off the right-field fence.
Howard finished with three hits and Utley was 3-for-4 with a double off the wall and a two-run single for the Phillies (29-29), who were coming off a 2-5 homestand. Philadelphia began the day leading the NL in runs (289) but was ranked last in ERA (4.79).
“They know how to win,” Moyer said, pointing to the Mets’ consistency the past two seasons. “Hopefully, it’s something we can model.”
Lo Duca had a two-run single for the NL East leaders. All-Star center fielder Carlos Beltran was back in the lineup for the first time since bruising his right knee last Thursday night in a collision at first base.
Beltran looked comfortable tracking fly balls all night but went 0-for-5 at the plate.
“They certainly are a team in our division that we respect and expect to be in the thick of things all season,” Glavine said. “Because they started the season poorly, you can’t write them off.”
After Utley’s homer, the Phillies loaded the bases with no outs and added an insurance run when Abraham Nunez ended an 0-for-18 skid with an RBI single off Joe Smith.
Trying for his 296th win, Glavine again was thwarted by a lack of run support and a few soft hits. He is 0-2 with a 3.15 ERA in his past three starts.
“It’s hard going out there and pitching well and not getting results,” Glavine said. “You just keep plugging along and keep us in the game.”
The Phillies mounted a rally with two outs and none on in the third. Jimmy Rollins reached on an infield single and advanced to third on Shane Victorino’s bloop double. Utley’s two-run single tied it.
An embarrassing blunder on the bases by Pat Burrell cost the Phillies in the sixth. He raced from first to third on Aaron Rowand’s single to right, but Utley had been held at third, so Burrell got caught in a rundown and was tagged for the second out.
“I’ve never seen a guy slide twice into third base,” Utley said with a smile.
Added Howard: “I don’t think people are going to let that go anytime soon. Somebody asked me earlier, what was the oddest thing I’ve ever seen in baseball. That might be it.”
An angry Burrell fired his helmet into the dugout from the top of the steps, while the hectic play left a winded Lo Duca smiling as he walked back behind the plate.
“You can laugh about it now because we won, but that’s a terrible play,” Burrell said. “You can’t get caught like that. You can’t assume he sent the runner.”
Instead of having the bases loaded with one out, Philadelphia had runners on second and third with two outs. Nunez then grounded out.
Jose Reyes got his major league-leading 31st stolen base in the seventh, the first steal the Phillies allowed in three weeks. But he tried to take off for third, too, and was tagged out in a rundown after Moyer whirled around and trapped him.
“That was a big play in the game,” Manuel said.
With Damion Easley on second, Beltran flied out to the left-field wall, ending the inning.
“It wasn’t like we played a perfect game, but we fought ‘em all the way,” Manuel said. “When our bullpen pitches like that, we’re in business.”
Glavine went 2-for-2 at the plate with two singles, raising his batting average from .227 to .292. … Mets 2B Jose Valentin (right knee) homered and scored four times in his second rehab game for Class-A St. Lucie. He drove in three runs. … Glavine beat Moyer 5-3 on April 12 at Shea Stadium. … The Phillies improved to 2-5 in extra innings and 7-16 in games started by opposing left-handers. … The Mets are 3-4 on their nine-game homestand.