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Phils fill up on tater trots
Phils pace Wild Card pack
Their decisive victory over the Mets, combined with the Marlins' loss to the Cardinals, has given the Phillies sole possession of the lead in the National League Wild Card race. Philadelphia hit four homers off Mets ace Pedro Martinez, and Brett Myers ended a three-game losing streak by pitching seven strong innings.
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Phillies 8, Mets 2
Chase Utley (right) hit his 20th and 21st homers of the season on Wednesday night. (Frank Franklin II/AP)
Series at a glance:
Martinez allows four homers
Staked to a 2-0 lead after two innings, thanks to Cliff Floyd's RBI single and Ramon Castro's homer, Pedro Martinez ended up taking the loss after allowing his opponent to leave the park. In seven innings, the staff ace gave up four homers and eight total hits for five earned runs.
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TODAY'S WRAPS: August 31, 2005
PHI
Philadelphia (71-62)
Won 1
Philadelphia 8, NY Mets 2   NYM
NY Mets (69-63)
Lost 1
August 31, 2005
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Philadelphia
0 0 0 1 0 1 3 0 3   8 11 1
NY Mets
1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   2 6 0
Standings through 8/31/05  |  Gameday  |  Phillies Stats  |  Mets Stats
PhiladelphiaABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Rollins, SS5120002.263
Lofton, CF4110002.311
Utley, 2B5223003.296
Abreu, RF3122210.295
Burrell, LF5011014.283
Wagner, P0000000.500
Howard, 1B5111022.286
Bell, 3B4000001.243
Lieberthal, C3121110.254
Myers, P2000021.115
Urbina, P0000000.000
a-Perez, PH0100100.250
Chavez, LF0000000.218
Totals3681184715 

a-Walked for Urbina in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Rollins (21, Martinez), Abreu 2 (28, Martinez, Bell).
HR: Howard (11, 4th inning off Martinez, 0 on, 2 out), Utley 2 (21, 6th inning off Martinez, 0 on, 0 out; 7th inning off Martinez, 1 on, 2 out), Lieberthal (11, 7th inning off Martinez, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Rollins 3; Lofton; Utley 8; Abreu 4; Burrell; Howard 4; Lieberthal 5.
RBI: Howard (36), Utley 3 (81), Lieberthal (37), Abreu 2 (84), Burrell (97).
2-out RBI: Howard; Utley 2; Abreu 2; Burrell.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Burrell 2; Lofton; Bell.
S: Myers; Lofton.
Team LOB: 7.

BASERUNNING
SB: Abreu (26, 2nd base off Martinez/Castro).

FIELDING
E: Bell (17, throw).
DP: (Utley-Rollins-Howard).

 
NY MetsABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Reyes, SS4010010.276
Cairo, 2B3000021.246
Beltran, CF4110012.267
Floyd, LF4011011.281
Wright, 3B2000111.313
Jacobs, 1B3010012.310
b-Offerman, PH1000011.219
Diaz, RF3000101.265
Castro, C4121002.263
Martinez, P2000020.082
a-Anderson, PH1000001.264
Bell, P0000000.000
c-Woodward, PH1000002.294
Totals3226221014 

a-Grounded into a double play for Martinez in the 7th. b-Struck out for Jacobs in the 9th. c-Flied out for Bell in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Jacobs (2, Myers).
HR: Castro (7, 2nd inning off Myers, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Reyes; Beltran; Floyd; Jacobs 2; Castro 5.
RBI: Floyd (80), Castro (37).
2-out RBI: Floyd.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Jacobs; Beltran; Diaz; Woodward.
GIDP: Anderson.
Team LOB: 7.

BASERUNNING
SB: Beltran (16, 2nd base off Myers/Lieberthal), Reyes (47, 2nd base off Myers/Lieberthal).

 
PhiladelphiaIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Myers (W, 12-6)7.06221713.51
Urbina (H, 14)1.00000203.76
Wagner 1.00001101.62
 
NY MetsIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Martinez (L, 13-6)7.08553642.90
Bell 2.03331104.67

HBP: Cairo (by Myers), Wright (by Wagner).
Pitches-strikes: Myers 102-66, Urbina 13-8, Wagner 24-15, Martinez 99-64, Bell 44-28.
Ground outs-fly outs: Myers 9-5, Urbina 1-0, Wagner 0-2, Martinez 3-12, Bell 1-4.
Batters faced: Myers 28, Urbina 3, Wagner 5, Martinez 32, Bell 10.
Umpires: HP: Marvin Hudson. 1B: Larry Young. 2B: Eric Cooper. 3B: Fieldin Culbreth.
Weather: 83 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 16 mph, R to L.
T: 2:40.
Att: 43,780.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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