By ROB MAADDI, AP Sports Writer
PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Roy Halladay pitched seven sharp innings for
his first win of the season, Wilson Valdez had a career-high four
hits, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the New York Mets 11-0
Halladay (1-0) allowed six hits and struck out seven. The
reigning NL Cy Young Award winner gave up one run in six innings in
the opener against Houston, and avoided a loss when the Phillies
rallied in the ninth for a 5-4 win.
The four-time NL East champions are off to a 5-1 start in a
season where nothing less than a second World Series title in four
years will be considered a success.
New York starter Jonathon Niese (0-1) got roughed up by an
offense that’s averaging 7.2 runs and 12.7 hits per game. The
left-hander allowed six runs and eight hits in four innings.
The Mets head to Citi Field for their home opener Friday against
Washington after splitting a six-game road trip.
Valdez, filling in for injured five-time All-Star Chase Utley,
finished 4 for 4 with three RBIs, two doubles and two infield
singles. He’s one of six regulars hitting above .300 in the first
Placido Polanco drove in four runs and Raul Ibanez hit a two-run
The Phillies got going with a pair of runs in the third. Valdez
reached on an infield single up the middle to start the inning.
After Halladay sacrificed, Shane Victorino lined an RBI single to
center. Victorino advanced to second on center fielder Angel
Pagan’s throwing error, and scored when Polanco drove a double to
Ben Francisco started Philadelphia’s fourth with a single and
Ibanez was hit by a pitch. Carlos Ruiz hit an RBI single and Valdez
followed with an RBI double down the first-base line to make it
Niese nearly escaped further damage by striking out Halladay and
Victorino. But Polanco lined a two-run single, putting Philadelphia
Valdez hit a two-run double in the fifth off Pedro Beato. Ibanez
went deep off Tim Byrdak in the seventh.
Halladay has picked up where he left off last year when he won
21 games in his first season with the Phillies, including a perfect
game. He also tossed a no-hitter in his first career postseason
The big right-hander has an 0.69 ERA in two outings.
Halladay pitched out of a jam in the third when the Mets loaded
the bases with one out on three singles. He struck out David Wright
swinging at a 91 mph cutter, then retired Ike Davis on a grounder
to second to end the inning.
Davis snapped his RBI streak. He drove in at least one run in
each of the club’s first five games. Wright established the team
record with at least one RBI in each of the first six games in
NOTES: Phillies closer Brad Lidge reiterated he hopes to return
by the All-Star break. Lidge has a strained rotator cuff and has
been sidelined since spring training. … The last time the Mets
won their first two road series came in 2002 against the Braves and
the Cubs. … The Phillies are 5-1-1 in their last seven home
series against the Mets. … The leadoff batter for both teams
reached in each of the first four innings. Philadelphia’s leadoff
batter reached in all eight. … A crowd of 45,468 was the 142nd
consecutive sellout at Citizens Bank Park, including postseason.
… Jose Reyes had two hits off Halladay, improving to 10 for 22 in
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