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May 1, 2010 - 4:51 AM By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer

New York (13-9) at Philadelphia (12-9), 3:10 p.m. EDT

The New York Mets were seen as a possible destination for Roy Halladay last winter. Instead, the Philadelphia Phillies surprisingly landed the ace, leaving the Mets searching for a No. 2 starter.

Mike Pelfrey is filling that void in nearly flawless fashion.

Pelfrey looks to win a fifth consecutive start Saturday when he takes the mound opposite Halladay in the middle game of this series between NL East rivals.

The Mets (14-9) were considered a potential suitor to land Halladay (4-1, 1.80 ERA) in a deal with Toronto during the offseason. However, it was the Phillies (12-10) who acquired the six-time All-Star in a three-team trade.

New York also failed to sign another starter via free agency in an effort to provide depth to the rotation behind ace Johan Santana.

Pelfrey (4-0, 0.69 ERA) has stepped into that role with perhaps the best stretch of his career. The right-hander has thrown 24 consecutive scoreless innings over his first five games, including a relief outing that resulted in his first career save in a 2-1, 20-inning win at St. Louis on April 17.

His streak is seven innings shy of the Mets' record set by Dwight Gooden from Aug. 31-Sept. 21, 1985. It's also the longest for the club since John Maine pitched 26 straight scoreless innings July 15-Aug. 12, 2006.

Pelfrey, the major-league ERA leader, labored through 106 pitches with a season-high five walks in five innings Sunday, but still came through by scattering five hits in a 1-0 rain-shortened win over Atlanta.

"Life is good when you've got nothin', but you've got something to show for it," Pelfrey told the team's official website.

Pelfrey went 3-0 with a 5.34 ERA in five starts against the Phillies last season.

He'll try to extend that winning streak by helping the Mets stretch their own to nine after a 9-1 victory in Friday's series opener. The streak is New York's longest since a 10-game run in July 2008.

The Mets' current surge has moved them atop the East, one game ahead of second-place Washington and 1 1/2 in front of the Phillies, losers of eight of 12.

"I'm concerned about our team," Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel said. "We just played a bad game pitching-wise and hitting-wise. We're not playing good at all. We haven't played good for a while."

Halladay will get his first start against New York since a win with the Blue Jays on June 24, 2006.

Halladay enters this meeting looking to rebound from his first defeat with Philadelphia. The right-hander gave up season highs of five runs and 10 hits in seven innings of a 5-1 loss at San Francisco on Monday.

"You learn from it and move on," Halladay told the team's official website. "You take something out of it. You take the positives and try to correct the mistakes and move on. There's nothing you can do about it now other than learn from it."

Rod Barajas, who played for Philadelphia in 2007, was an unlikely offensive star for the Mets on Friday, collecting three hits with two homers and three RBIs.

"The fans in Philadelphia have long memories," Barajas said. "I hear the boos, but I'm not part of that team anymore. When you're part of the team, it's discouraging. When you're the visitor, it doesn't matter."

The catcher will face Halladay for the first time since the two formed a battery for Toronto over the last two years.

Barajas is 0 for 9 against the 2003 AL Cy Young winner.






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  • Phillies 10, Mets 0 - FINAL
    NY METS ab r h rbi bb so lob avg
    A Pagan cf 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 .244
    A Cora 2b 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 .162
    J Reyes ss 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 .226
    J Bay lf 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 .267
    D Wright 3b 3 0 1 0 0 2 2 .275
    F Tatis 3b 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .207
    I Davis

    May 1 5:38 PM


  • NL
    AT PHILADELPHIA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY CARLOS RUIZ SCORED JAYSON WERTH
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, C RUIZ ON FIRST, R IBANEZ ON THIRD, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: NY METS 0
    PHILADELPHIA 10 BOTTOM,7TH
    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: R HALLADAY (.190, 1-FOR-3)

    Mets 0, Phillies 10  Bot 7, 0 OutsMay 1 5:20 PM


  • NL
    AT PHILADELPHIA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JAYSON WERTH SCORED CHASE UTLEY
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J WERTH ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY METS 0
    PHILADELPHIA 9 BOTTOM,7TH
    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: R IBANEZ (.225, 1-FOR-3, 2 RBI)

    Mets 0, Phillies 9  Bot 7, 0 OutsMay 1 5:16 PM


  • NL
    AT PHILADELPHIA - SCORING UPDATE
    TRIPLE BY RAUL IBANEZ SCORED JAYSON WERTH AND CHASE UTLEY
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, R IBANEZ ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY METS 0
    PHILADELPHIA 8 BOTTOM,5TH
    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: J CASTRO (.294, 1-FOR-1, BB, 2 RBI)

    Mets 0, Phillies 8  Bot 5, 0 OutsMay 1 4:46 PM


  • NL
    AT PHILADELPHIA - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY SHANE VICTORINO (4) TO RIGHT CENTER
    WITH 2 OUT IN THE 4TH OFF MIKE PELFREY SCORED ROY HALLADAY
    AND CARLOS RUIZ.
    CURRENT SCORE: NY METS 0, PHILADELPHIA 6
    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: P POLANCO (.292, 0-FOR-2)

    Mets 0, Phillies 6  Bot 4, 0 OutsMay 1 4:29 PM


  • NL
    AT PHILADELPHIA - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JUAN CASTRO SCORED JAYSON WERTH AND RYAN HOWARD
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, J CASTRO ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY METS 0
    PHILADELPHIA 3 BOTTOM,4TH
    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: C RUIZ (.268, 0-FOR-1)

    Mets 0, Phillies 3  Bot 4, 0 OutsMay 1 4:24 PM


  • NL
    AT PHILADELPHIA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JAYSON WERTH SCORED CHASE UTLEY
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J WERTH ON FIRST, R HOWARD ON SECOND, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: NY METS 0
    PHILADELPHIA 1 BOTTOM,4TH
    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: R IBANEZ (.217, 0-FOR-1)

    Mets 0, Phillies 1  Bot 4, 0 OutsMay 1 4:18 PM
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