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By The Sports Xchange April 9, 2013 11:10 PM
Michael Young had fallen one hit short of hitting for the cycle on no fewer than 28 occasions.PHILADELPHIA -- In 13 years with the Texas Rangers,
On Tuesday, eight games into his first season with the Philadelphia Phillies, he fell one hit short again. He wasn't aware he had come close that often, but didn't seem all that concerned, after going 3-for-4 with a single, triple and home run in an 8-3 victory over the New York Mets. "I did it in college, so I'm good," he said. "The stars have got to line up a little bit for you to hit for the cycle. I don't think you aim for the cycle. Things just kind of happen." He thought it more pertinent that the Phillies, just 3-5 on the young season, sought before the game to play more energetically than they had been, and then went out and did so. "Those are the things you can control -- attack the game, play with some enthusiasm," he said. "I've never been part of a team where good things did not come from that." John Mayberry Jr. also drove in his first three runs of the season for the Phillies, and the Phils launched three homers in the third inning. Ryan Howard and Young went back-to-back to start the frame, and Mayberry added another solo shot one out later. It was each player's first homer of the season. Mayberry doubled home two runs in the four-run second. The Phillies had 11 hits in support of Cliff Lee (2-0), who pitched 8 2/3 innings and allowed two earned runs. Lee scattered eight hits while striking out six. He did not walk a batter, the 19th straight start in which he has allowed one walk or fewer while working six innings or more. Mike Adams struck out Ruben Tejada for the final out. "It's easier to throw with a lead," said Lee, who received little run support last season. "You can be more aggressive and go right at them." Dillon Gee (0-2) absorbed the loss for New York, giving up 10 hits and seven runs in three innings. It was the shortest outing of his career. "There's not a whole lot to say -- terrible night," he said. "I have to bounce back. I've done it before. I'll do it again." The Phillies scored four times in the second. Mayberry doubled home two runs. Lee then chased him in with a single, and Jimmy Rollins added an RBI double later in the inning. Howard and Young then hit their homers to start the third -- Howard on a 1-and-1 delivery from Gee and Young one pitch later. With one out, Mayberry lined his first of the year into the left-field seats, making it 7-0. It was the first time the Phillies hit back-to-back homers since Sept. 21, 2012 against Atlanta, and the first time they hit three home runs in the same inning since July 23, 2011, against San Diego. Howard also homered in his 29th at-bat, ending his longest homerless streak to start a season. John Buck hit a two-run homer for the Mets in the fourth, his fourth of the season. He now has 14 RBIs this season. Young tacked on a run-scoring triple in the fourth, making it 8-2, but New York's Jordany Valdespin tripled and scored on a passed ball in the top of fifth. Young, who had singled and scored in the second, came to bat in the seventh against reliever LaTroy Hawkins with a chance to get the double he needed for the cycle, but he grounded to short. NOTES: Lee's RBI was the 13th of his career. ... Buck and Daniel Murphy had two hits each for the Mets. ... Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said before the game that he has no plans to remove struggling Roy Halladay from the rotation. "You guys used to get on me about (former closer) Brad Lidge," Manuel said. "To me, Brad was still the best I had. I committed to Brad Lidge. If I commit to you, I'm going to commit to you." ... According to the Wall Street Journal, Tuesday marked the first time since 1980 that three matchups involving teams from Philadelphia and New York happened on the same day. Besides the Mets and Phillies, the Flyers visited the Islanders and the Sixers squared off against the Nets in Brooklyn. ... With Buck's homer, the Mets have now homered in their first eight games of the season, only the second time in club history that has happened. The 1987 club also went deep in each of its first eight games.