"The Real Deal" J.D. Durbin pitched 6 1-3 solid innings and set a career high with six strikeouts, but the night belonged to Chase Utley, who roared off the disabled list with a 3-for-5 performance including a bullet home run to left-center.
In front of a packed house and electric atmosphere, the Phillies took the first of four in first-rate fashion. Not to be outdone by Utley, making his first start since undergoing hand surgery a month ago, Jayson Werth went 4-for-4 and has now hit safely in nine of his last nine at bats, the first Phillie to do so since the 1950s. Pat Burrell continued his hot hitting with a 2-for-4 night including a two-run homer. The Phillies laced 17 hits, including 10 off Mets' starter Brian Lawrence (L, 1-2, 6.31)
Durbin (W, 6-3, 5.14) didn’t allow a base runner until the fifth inning, retiring hitters with a crisp breaking ball and best command of the season. The 25-year-old right-hander, who’s trying to stick in the Phillies' rotation, forced 10 groundouts without surrendering a walk.
Tadahito Iguchi drove the nail in the Mets' coffin with a pinch-hit three-run homer that scored Chris Coste. Besides the home run, Utley also hit his 42nd double, which sets the franchise mark for second basemen. The Phillies pulled to five back of the Mets in the NL East and will try to keep rolling when they hand the ball to Adam Eaton tomorrow night.