By ROB MAADDI AP Sports Writer
PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Jordany Valdespin had a pinch-hit three-run
homer off Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth inning for his first major
league hit, leading the New York Mets to a 5-2 victory over the
Philadelphia Phillies on Monday night.
David Wright hit a tying two-run double off David Wright in the
sixth, and New York won its third straight game.
The injury-plagued Mets placed shortstop Ruben Tejada on the
disabled list before the game and saw catcher Josh Thole go out
after getting elbowed in the head during a collision at the plate.
Valdespin, called up to replace Tejada, was 0 for 6 before
hitting a drive way out to right off Papelbon (0-1).
Tim Byrdak (1-0) retired the only batter he faced to get the
win. He struck out pinch-hitter Eric Kratz to end the eighth with a
runner on third.
Frank Francisco finished for his eighth save.
Roy Halladay bounced back from his worst start in five years and
took a one-hitter into the sixth before getting in trouble.
Halladay allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings, striking
out seven. The only batter he walked score.
In a 15-13 extra-inning loss at Atlanta last Wednesday, Halladay
gave up 12 hits _ one below his career high _ and eight runs in 5
1-3 innings. The two-time Cy Young Award winner had a 6-0 lead
going into the fifth before surrendering six. Halladay left the
team the next day for personal reasons.
Halladay had retired 13 straight before running into two-out
trouble in the sixth. Andres Torres walked and Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit
a single. Wright followed with a grounder just over the third base
bag. The ball kicked off the foul stand and bounced into shallow
left field, allowing both runners to score.
Mets starter Jonathon Niese allowed two runs and four hits in
The Phillies loaded the bases with one out in the seventh and
had runners on second and third with one out in the eighth _ both
times against Bobby Parnell _ and didn’t score. Shane Victorino was
called for interference because he slid out of base line to take
out shortstop Justin Turner on Hunter Pence’s grounder to second,
and the double play negated a run and ended the inning.
Ty Wigginton was thrown out trying to score on Freddy Galvis’
tapper to the mound in the eighth. Thole went down after taking a
shot to the head and had to leave the game. Byrdak replaced Parnell
and fanned Kratz.
In the top of seventh, Ike Davis hit a hard liner off Halladay’s
right thigh for a single. Halladay waved off a trainer and stayed
in to finish the inning, getting help from left fielder John
Mayberry Jr.’s second diving catch of the game.
Mayberry’s sacrifice fly in the first gave the Phillies a 1-0
lead. Jimmy Rollins led off with a line-drive double to
right-center. He reached third when Torres bobbled the ball for an
error and scored on Mayberry’s liner to center.
Placido Polanco hit an RBI double in the second.
NOTES: Tejada went on the DL because of a strained right quad.
… Phillies 1B Ryan Howard took batting practice for the first
time since February at the team’s spring-training facility in
Clearwater, Fla. GM Ruben Amaro Jr. called it “progress.” Howard,
the 2006 NL MVP, has been sidelined since having a procedure to
remove an infection near his surgically repaired left Achilles
tendon. … Amaro said Chase Utley will stay in Philadelphia and
field grounders and run. He’ll join Howard in Clearwater “when he
feels comfortable,” according to Amaro. Utley, the five-time
All-Star second baseman, had been working out with a specialist in
Arizona to strengthen his chronically bad knees. … RHP Joe
Blanton (3-3, 2.83) takes the mound against the Mets on Tuesday
night after tossing his first shutout in five years in his last
start. Miguel Batista (0-1, 6.92) starts for New York.
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