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GAME OF THE DAY

Phillies still have the Mets' number, 5-3

September 16, 2007|From the Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Carlos Beltran misplayed Jimmy Rollins' tricky line drive into a two-run triple, and the Philadelphia Phillies rallied to beat New York, 5-3, Saturday for their seventh straight victory over the Mets.

Aaron Rowand hit a tying homer and was three for five for Philadelphia, which pulled to within 4 1/2 games of the NL East-leading Mets.

"As long as you're breathing, you're living," Manager Charlie Manuel said. "I mean you've got a chance."

New York wasted another terrific start by Pedro Martinez, who struck out nine and held the Phillies to one run in six innings.

Martinez was sidelined for most of the season after having major shoulder surgery last October but is 2-0 in three starts since he came off the disabled list Sept. 3.

"Today was the first time I felt that I could use my changeup in any count against any hitter," Martinez said.

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