Welcome offense Brown, Mayberry power Phils past Mets
BY MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Sports Writer,
NEW YORK -- There's something about Citi Field that gets the Phillies going.
Domonic Brown and John Mayberry Jr. hit consecutive home runs to break open a close game as Philadelphia finally got some offensive production from its outfield Saturday, beating the New York Mets 9-4 to give Jonathan Pettibone his first major league win.
"That's definitely good. It's what we've been waiting for. We've got to make it more often," manager Charlie Manuel said. "We haven't been hitting in those right situations to knock those runs in, and today we did."
Ryan Howard drove in two runs, Jimmy Rollins scored twice and Michael Young had three hits for the second straight day. Pettibone (1-0) pitched his way out of a critical jam to help Philadelphia improve to 4-1 against the Mets after losing the season series last year.
The Phillies have won five in a row and nine of 12 at Citi Field, dating to 2011.
Shaun Marcum (0-1) went four innings in his Mets debut after beginning the season on the disabled list with a neck injury and right biceps tendinitis. John Buck hit his eighth homer in the ninth, way too late to prevent New York from dropping to 3-5 on a nine-game homestand with its third straight defeat.
"It's the one big inning that's hurting us right now," Buck said.
Making his second start in place of injured John Lannan, Pettibone threw 96 pitches in five innings. But he limited the Mets to three runs on seven hits after holding Pittsburgh to a pair of solo homers over 51-e innings Monday.
"It was definitely a battle, from pretty much the first batter. I felt like every inning I was in some sort of circumstance, struggling somewhere. But I was able to make a few good pitches at certain times," said Pettibone, who was still hoping to receive a souvenir game ball after his teammates gave him a fake one in a common big league prank.
"My teammates picked me up offensively and defensively," he said.
Pettibone's father, Jay, made four starts for the Minnesota Twins in 1983 and played for Manuel at Double-A Orlando a year later.
"My dad always joked around, saying like, 'If you think it's hard understanding him now, you should have seen him back then,'" Pettibone said.
David Wright and Jordany Valdespin had RBI doubles for the Mets, who fielded the same shuffled lineup that was shut out by Kyle Kendrick on three singles Friday night.
Brown hit a three-run shot to right off reliever Rob Carson in the fifth and Mayberry drove the next pitch way out to left, making it 8-2. It was the second set of back-to-back homers for the Phillies this season, both against the Mets.
"I figured he'd try to get ahead with a fastball. I just wanted to try not to do too much with it," Mayberry said.