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By The Sports Xchange April 10, 2013 11:40 PM
The game-time temperature Wednesday was 76 degrees. And the Phils' bats were indeed warm against the New York Mets. Philadelphia had three homers among its 10 hits, two of the homers in a five-run first inning, en route to a 7-3 victory. "It was just a matter of time until we started getting hits with guys on," Manuel said. "I felt it was going to come." Chase Utley hit a two-run homer in that big first inning, and Domonic Brown added 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. "These last four or five games, we're going out there and just swinging," said first baseman Ryan Howard, who had two hits. "When you just swing and put the ball in play, good things happen." "There's something to be said for everything being contagious," said third baseman Michael Young, who also had two hits. "Bullpens feed off each other. Rotations feed off each other. Lineups are the same way." 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 bottom of 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. The Mets starter in Tuesday's 8-3 loss to the Phils, Dillon Gee, had also been knocked out after three innings. "Both of them are command guys," New York manager Terry Collins said. "When those guys get behind, they're going to get hurt." Utley lined his two-run homer to center field, a 416-foot shot, after Jimmy Rollins doubled with one out in the first. Howard then singled and Young walked, and Brown launched his three-run shot into the right-field seats. Buck and Duda countered with solo homers in the second and fourth, respectively. Duda's was a 414-foot blast 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. "That was a big spot in the game," Kendrick said. "We scored five runs. They got one (on Buck's one-out homer in the second) and could have gotten more. I tried to bear down and make some pitches, and I was able to get out of it." 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. Collins understood that Murphy was trying to get a jump if the ball eluded Revere. At the same time, the manager said, "You've got to see the ball on the ground." Duda's second homer came off Adams in the eighth. NOTES: The game was delayed by rain for 27 minutes in the bottom of the fourth. ... It was the third multi-homer game in Duda's career. The last time he did it was on May 30, 2012, also against the Phils. ... Jordany Valdespin had a career-high three hits for the Mets. ... When the Phillies' Revere overslid the bag on a steal attempt and was tagged out in the first inning, it was the first time a Phillie had been caught stealing in 11 attempts this season. ... Gee allowed three homers in Tuesday's loss to the Phillies, the first time in 23 starts he had surrendered more than two. ... 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 before Wednesday's game. "If they feel that way, that's good."