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Phillies down Mets

Jul 17, 2011 - 11:43 PM Flushing, NY (Sports Network) - Michael Martinez hit a three-run homer and drove in a career-best four runs, while Kyle Kendrick turned in seven strong innings as Philadelphia held on to beat the New York Mets, 8-5, in the rubber match of a three-game set from Citi Field.

Jimmy Rollins finished 3-for-5 with two RBI and Ryan Howard knocked in a run for the Phillies, who have won eight of 12 thus far in July.

"The first thing is to make the playoffs. If we can get home-field advantage, that's gonna be the best thing we can do," Howard said as the Phillies upped their major-league best record to 59-35. "We're just trying to get ourselves in the right position."

Kendrick (5-4) allowed one run on six hits with three walks to record his third win in four starts. Antonio Bastardo recorded the final four outs to notch his sixth save.

Ronny Paulino and Lucas Duda each posted two hits and an RBI apiece for the Mets, losers in five of seven. Daniel Murphy hit safely twice and scored a pair of runs.

Mike Pelfrey (5-9) was dented in defeat for six hits and four runs over five full frames.

The visitors appeared to have put the game away for good with a three-run eighth on Ross Gload's pinch-hit walk with the bases loaded and a two-run single from Rollins to make it 8-1.

New York fought back against three relievers in the home portion, tallying three times on a Duda double-play grounder, plus RBI singles from Paulino and Angel Pagan.

A double from Murphy and triple by Duda cut the Mets' deficit to 8-5 with two down in the ninth, but Martinez snagged a sizzling grounder off the bat of Paulino and threw to first to end the game.

"You've just gotta keep them from scoring," noted Mets manager Terry Collins. "They've got a good pitching staff and you can't let them get a big lead on you because it's so hard to play catch-up."

Philly picked up a run in the first as Chase Utley walked, stole second and scored on Howard's single into the shift.

In the fifth, Kendrick and Rollins singled then Martinez cleared the wall in right-center for his first career homer and a 4-0 advantage.

"They do a good job up top, making sure they keep us motivated," Rollins said of Martinez and John Mayberry, who have filled in well as reserves over the last couple weeks. "They're not run away by the big lights, and that's what we need."

Brian Schneider's leadoff hit in the seventh turned into the Phillies' fifth run of the contest after a sacrifice from Kendrick, Rollins single and a Martinez sac fly.

Paulino's double to begin the seventh turned into the Mets' first run of the day when pinch-hitter Scott Hairston singled him in two batters later.

Game Notes

The Phils have not lost a series since June 17-19 at Seattle...Martinez snapped his previous best of three RBI, set on July 5 at Florida...Kendrick's last scoreless start came on May 5, 2010 against the Cardinals, allowing six hits over seven innings in a 4-0 win...The Phillies improved to 22-10 in day games...Both teams are in action Monday, as Philadelphia heads to Chicago for three games, while New York hosts Florida for a make-up contest.

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  • Antonio Bastardo enters the game for the Phillies with the bases loaded and two outs.

    Phillies 8, Mets 4  Bot 8, 2 OutsJul 17 4:13 PM

  • Ronny Paulino single to center scored Daniel Murphy with two outs. Runner on first and Ruben Tejada due up.

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  • Lucas Duda ground ball double play, second to short to first scored Willie Harris with two outs. Jason Bay out at second. Daniel Murphy advances to third. Runner on third and Ronny Paulino due up.

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  • Jimmy Rollins single to right scored Domonic Brown and Brian Schneider with two outs. On the play, Ross Gload advances to third. Runners on first and third and Michael Martinez due up.

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  • Pinch-Hitter Ross Gload walk scored Ryan Howard with two outs. Bases loaded and Jimmy Rollins due up.

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  • Pinch-Hitter Scott Hairston single to left scored Ronny Paulino with one out. Runner on first and Angel Pagan due up.

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  • Michael Martinez sacrifice fly to left scored Brian Schneider with two outs. Runner on first and Chase Utley due up.

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  • Chase Utley grounded out pitcher to first. None on with two outs and Ryan Howard due up.

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