Phils explode in first for victory over Mets

By Sean Greene 10:32pm, April 10, 2013 - Updated 11:38pm, April 10, 2013
VIDEO: Manuel on Utley and Kendrick. PHOTO: Brown and Howard celebrate during the 1st inning rally. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)
Chase Utley and Domonic Brown each hit home runs in a 5-run first inning, as the Phillies claimed their first series victory of the season in a 7-3 win over the Mets Wednesday night.

The homers came off of Mets' starter Jeremy Hefner, who didn't record an out the last time he faced Philadelphia back in September, and the first inning Wednesday wasn't much better.

Ben Revere started with a walk, and then was caught stealing after he slid past the bag. Things went downhill from there for Hefner however, as the next five batters all scored. Jimmy Rollins started the onslaught with a double, then was driven in on Chase Utley's 2nd home run of the year, a 416-foot shot to straightaway center field.

Ryan Howard continued the rally with a single, and after a Michael Young walk, Dom Brown smashed his 2nd home run of the season onto the 2nd deck in right to make it 5-0 with just one out.

Hefner was eventually chased after three innings where he gave up the 5 runs and 6 hits along with 3 walks.

Meanwhile, Kyle Kendrick held the 5 run lead better than the 4-run deficit he blew in the loss to Kansas City to start the homestand.

His biggest jam came in the 2nd inning, when he gave out a 1-out home run to John Buck, who homered in each of the three games of the series. The Mets then loaded the bases on a Lucas Duda double, Mike Baxter walk, and Ruben Tejada single. Kendrick got out of it by catching both Hefner and Jordany Valdespin looking on strikeouts to keep the game at 5-1.

Duda's 2nd home run of the year was another 1-out solo shot, this time in the 4th inning, but that was it against Kendrick who went six innings striking out 6 for his first win of the year. Duda later added a solo home run against Michael Adams in the 8th for his 3rd career multi-homer game.

Laynce Nix smashed his 3rd career pinch-hit home run when he batted for Kendrick in the 6th and belted a 2-run home run against the wind in right field to up the lead to six.

The Phillies hit 3 home runs in back-to-back games after hitting just four in the first seven games of the year. The Mets have hit a home run in each of their nine contests this year (13 total).

Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley have each reached base in the nine Phillies games this year, while Michael young is now hitting 9-for-16 with four extra base hits in his last 4 games.

Antonio Bastardo, Michael Adams, and Jonathan Papelbon each worked an inning of relief to complete the evening for the Phillies, who begin a 6-game road trip to Miami and Cincinnati beginning Friday night.

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