Phils open 2nd half with bang

John Mayberry hits a two-run single in the 2nd inning off Mets starter R.A. Dickey. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The Phillies took a five-day hiatus with the All-Star Break. But the layoff didn’t seem to phase John Mayberry, Jr.

The 27-year-old, fresh off a four-RBI day last Sunday, drove in five runs in the Phils 7-2 win over the Mets to start the second half of the season.

Mayberry is trying to keep himself on the big league club for good this time. If he keeps up this type of production, he will do just that.

Mayberry got the offense going for the Phils in the 2nd. With the bases juiced and one out, he ripped a single up the middle to score two runs and give the Phils a 2-0 lead. They added one more in the inning on a ground out by starting pitcher Vance Worley.

With the Phils holding a 4-1 lead in the 8th, Mayberry brought the boom one more time, putting the Mets away for good. With the bases loaded once again, Mayberry smoked his 10th double of the season to left field, clearing the bases and blowing the game open, 7-1.

Worley was strong throughout the first half of the game for the Phils. He zoomed through the first five innings before running into a little trouble in the 6th by loading the bases and allowing a runner across the plate. He allowed only one run on three hits and four walks while striking out four through 5 1/3.

Ryan Madson pitched in the 7th when the score was still 4-1. It was his first  appearance coming off the DL. He cruised through the inning, striking out two and dropping his ERA under 2.00.

Carlos Ruiz and Raul Ibanez each had two hits for the Phils. Ibanez hit a solo home run in the 6th, his 13th of the season.

There were concerns the Phils would have some problems with the Mets starter R.A. Dickey. After he one-hit the Phils last season, the knuckle-baller screwed up the Phils so bad, they went through their worst funk in the past 10 years, including being shut out for the series against the Mets.

But those fears were quieted when Mayberry set up the three-run 2nd and Ibanez hit a solo home run in the 6th off Dickey, who has been one of the lone bright spots for the Mets pitching this season.

2B: Utley (8), Mayberry (10). HR: Ibanez (13).

WP: Worley (5-1). LP: Dickey (4-8).

Boxscore.

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