sounded like a proud father after the
' latest dramatic win.
''My team always comes back,'' the manager said. ''That's what's good about them.''
hit a three-run homer with two outs in the 10th inning and Philadelphia beat the
New York Mets
6-3 on Thursday night, handing its NL East rivals another difficult loss.
The Phillies rallied to win for the second straight game and 20th time this season, tying the
New York Yankees
for most in the majors. The defending World Series champions also wrapped up a 7-3 road trip, improving to a major league-best
23-9 on the road.
''It's a tough ballclub, a bunch of mentally strong guys in here, all 25,'' said Ibanez, who signed a free-agent deal with
Philadelphia in the offseason. ''I've been on teams before where a lot of the guys were tough and mentally tough. This team
everybody is mentally tough and never gives anything away.''
sparked the big 10th inning with a one-out single off
came in and struck out
as the crowd at a misty Citi Field roared. But Ibanez followed with a drive over the wall in right-center for his 21st homer.
''I was aware of his hitting abilities,'' Takahashi said through an interpreter. ''He's a great hitter and I gave it my best
but that was the result.''
(1-1) recorded the last out of the ninth to earn the win, throwing just two pitches.
worked the 10th for his fourth save in five opportunities and second in two days.
Parnell also got the loss Wednesday night, giving up Utley's winning homer in the 11th inning of Philadelphia's 5-4 victory.
''They've got a little power and the longer you play with that fire the more risk there is,'' Mets manager
Jaime Moyer pitched six effective innings and
had three hits for Philadelphia, which took two of three against second-place New York to increase its division lead to four
, Utley and
each drove in a run.
''It's nice to be able to go on the road and feel comfortable in the environment that we're in and play well,'' Moyer said.
The Phillies host the
Boston Red Sox
on Friday night in the opener of a nine-game homestand, all against AL East teams.
three times and
pitched a season-high seven innings for New York, which dropped to 18-11 at its new home and will make the short drive to
the Bronx to open the Subway Series on Friday night against the
New York Yankees
''They proved today that it's not going to be easy playing in this division,'' Beltran said.
Redding was in line for his first victory with New York before the Phillies rallied in the seventh. Feliz singled with one
followed with a double to left to put runners on second and third. Stairs, hitting for Moyer, then grounded out to second,
tying it at 3. Rollins then flied out to center to end the inning.
Castillo doubled in the first, singled in the third and doubled in the fifth.
moved him up each time, twice with sacrifices, and Beltran took care of the rest. He had a run-scoring groundout, an RBI double
and a sacrifice fly.
The Mets' offensive execution was impressive early but it didn't last. They went 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position
for the game and left five on base one night after they stranded a season-high 16 runners, including eight from innings seven
''We weren't able to add runs,''
said. ''Even though we were getting hits we weren't scoring.''
Rollins, who returned to his customary leadoff spot Wednesday night after two games batting sixth, drove in Philly's first
run with a sacrifice fly in the third. He also singled and scored on Utley's one-out double into the right-field corner in
the sixth, cutting New York's lead to 3-2.
NOTES: The Mets placed RHP
(shoulder weakness) on the 15-day disabled list after the game, retroactive to Sunday. They didn't immediately announce a
starting pitcher for Saturday's game against the Yankees. ... Phillies INF
was suspended for 50 games under baseball's minor league drug program. Major League Baseball said he had an elevated ratio
of testosterone to epitestosterone, a violation of its drug rules.