NEW YORK(AP) J.A. Happ is showing the
why he was so coveted at last month's trade deadline.
Rumored to be part of a potential trade with Toronto for ace
that never materialized, Happ is happy to still be with the Phillies and is pitching like it.
The rookie left-hander shook off an early run and lasted seven innings in Philadelphia's 4-1 victory over the
New York Mets
on Saturday night.
''I feel good about going out there with the guys behind me,'' said Happ, 3-0 with a 1.21 ERA in four August starts. ''I'm
trying to get a chance to win. I was able to hang around long enough.''
hit a two-run homer as part of Philadelphia's three-run sixth inning against New York's bullpen. After
held the Phillies to one hit through five shutout innings in a spot start, they broke out against relievers
Misch (0-1), recalled earlier in the day from Triple-A Buffalo, walked
leading off the sixth and then gave up a long homer to right to Utley - the All-Star second baseman's 26th of the season.
Utley has six homers against the Mets this season, including four at spacious Citi Field.
''It's a big park, one of the biggest in the league, but for most of us up here, if you put the barrel on it and hit it well
it'll pretty much go anywhere,'' Utley said.
Happ (10-2) settled down after allowing
' RBI single in the second inning that gave the Mets a 1-0 lead.
He has won three straight decisions, allowing only one run in each of his last two outings. He scattered eight hits over seven
innings, walking two and striking out one. He hasn't given up more than two runs in five straight starts and seven of eight.
''I wish you didn't bring that up,'' Happ said.
struck out two in the eighth inning, and
got three outs for his 24th save in 32 chances. Lidge earned his 700th major league strikeout when he fanned
leading off the ninth.
The NL East-leading Phillies bounced back from Friday night's 4-2 loss to the Mets to win for the ninth time in 11 games.
The Mets celebrated the 40th anniversary of their 1969 World Series championship team before the game, but the presence of
former stars such as
wasn't enough to spark the current club. New York has dropped 13 of 20.
started the Mets' second inning with a double and
followed with a walk. Happ had a chance to get out of trouble after Murphy grounded into a double play, but Santos singled
off the glove of diving third baseman
to drive in Francoeur.
''You've got to battle through it and you've got to keep throwing all your pitches, otherwise you're going to get in trouble,''
Happ said. ''It might not have been pretty tonight, but I'll take it as a positive.''
Redding was sent to the bullpen in July after going 1-3 with a 6.99 ERA in nine starts this season. He got the call Saturday
because scheduled starter
was released earlier this week to make room for reliever
''He gave us much more than we expected,'' Mets manager
said. ''When he came in he was fatigued. He gave us a good shot.''
Manuel said before the game that Redding would be limited to 60-70 pitches, but he was stretched to 81 because of his effectiveness.
Redding allowed only a third-inning single to Utley and three walks in five innings, and struck out four.
''I was taxed,'' Redding said. ''I hadn't thrown more than 50 pitches in a month. Could I have gone one more? Probably. Would
it have been the right choice? Who knows?''
Misch was brought up to add bullpen depth in case Redding didn't last long. However, it was Misch whose night was short. After
Utley's homer, Misch got
to ground out before giving way to Green.
Green struck out
, but consecutive doubles by
and Feliz pushed the Phillies' lead to 3-1.
added a sacrifice fly in the eighth.
NOTES: Victorino and Mets OF
both barely missed home runs in the first inning as their drives landed just foul. ... The Mets recalled Misch and designated
for assignment. Misch is 0-8 in four major league seasons. ... Utley has three homers and nine RBIs in his last 10 games.
... Misch had a 2.51 ERA in 13 relief appearances with the Mets earlier this season. ...
both had two hits off Happ. ... Phillies starters went 26 innings without issuing a walk until Tatis earned a pass in the
second. ... The Mets used seven pitchers.