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Phillies Take Early 3-0 Lead Over Mets

When Jose Reyes led off tonight's game with a bunt single and ended up reaching third thanks to a Brian Schneider error, it looked like the Phillies might be in for a rough night. From that point on though, literally everything went well.

Joe Blanton would buckle down and strikeout the next two batters and get Carlos Beltran to fliy, out stranding Reyes at third. When the Phillies came up to bat, the good times kept rolling. Shane Victorino hit a Mike Pelfrey pitch off the outfield wall for a triple. Placido Polanco hit the very next pitch to second base, scoring Victorino. After Jimmy Rollins flied out to center, Ryan Howard drove a pitch to the gap in left center for a double. Raul Ibanez would drive him in with an opposite field single. Ben Francisco flied out to end the inning.

Blanton held the Mets scoreless in the top of the second, while in the bottom of the inning Pelfrey became his own worst enemy. After giving up an infield single to Pete Orr, Pelfrey got Joe Blanton to pop up on a bunt. Orr was running so Pelfrey then let the ball drop, presumably to go for a double play, but picked up the ball and threw wildly to first sending Orr to third and Blanton to second. Shane Victorino was up next and worked the count full before slapping a ball to shortstop, which allowed Orr to score.

Placido Polanco singled to center for the fifth hit of the game off Pelfrey, but Blanton was held at third. Jimmy Rollins struck out to end the inning.

Mike Pelfrey's struggles at Citizens Bank Park continues. Lifetime in Philadelphia, he's 1-2 with 8.17 ERA and 7 HRs allowed.