PHILADELPHIA -- Chase Utley and Domonic Brown homered in a five-run first inning Wednesday night as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the New York Mets 7-3.
Utley's homer was a two-run shot, while Brown's was a three-run blast. Laynce Nix added a two-run pinch-hit homer in the sixth as the Phils (4-5) won their second straight to take their first series of the young season.
Kyle Kendrick (1-1) pitched six innings to pick up the victory. He allowed eight hits and two runs -- on solo homers by John Buck and Lucas Duda -- while walking two and striking out six. It was the first of two homers by Duda on the night.
Antonio Bastardo, Mike Adams and Jonathan Papelbon each worked an inning in relief for Philadelphia.
The ninth was played in heavy rain and lightning.
Jeremy Hefner (0-2) was victimized by the first-inning barrage. He went three innings, allowing six hits and those five runs. He struck out two and walked three.
Utley lined his two-run homer to center field in the bottom of the first, and three batters later Brown launched his three-run shot into the right-field seats.
Buck and Duda countered with solo homers in the second and fourth, respectively, the latter a shot into the upper deck in right field. It was Buck's fifth homer of the season and Duda's second.
Kendrick managed to wriggle out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the second by striking out Hefner and Jordany Valdespin, both looking. In the fifth the Mets had runners at second and third with one out when Ike Davis flied out to Ben Revere in short center field. Revere then fired to second for the double play on Daniel Murphy, who strayed too far off the bag.
NOTES: The game was delayed by rain for 27 minutes in the bottom of the fourth. ... When the Phillies' Revere overslid the bag on a steal attempt and was tagged out in the first inning, it was the first time this season a Phillie had been caught stealing in 11 attempts. ... Mets pitcher Dillon Gee allowed three homers in Tuesday's 8-3 loss to the Phillies, the first time in 23 starts he had surrendered more than two. ... Phillies third baseman Michael Young said the players had talked about playing with more energy before Tuesday's game, but manager Charlie Manuel does not believe that's a problem. "To me we have a lot of energy," he said. "If they feel that way, that's good."