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With a new line up, Phils halt skid

Phils Hunter Pence singles in the 4th inning. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)

Before the game, Charlie Manuel talked about his new line up.

Bumping Chase Utley into the two-hole and Hunter Pence batting before Ryan Howard rather than protecting him, the offense finally erupted in a big way to provide the Phils with their first win in over a week. Utley and Pence shone in their new line up spots and the Phils cruised to a 9-4 win over the Mets.

Utley had an RBI in the win, getting on base twice for the Phils and Pence 3-for-5 with a two-run homer, three RBIs and two runs scored. He fell a double shy of the cycle.

With Pence in front of him, Howard earned himself a two-hit game. Carlos Ruiz went 4-for-4 with two RBIs.

Roy Halladay, in his final start of the season, earned his 19th win while pitching six easy shut out innings. He scattered only four hits and a walk with three strike outs. He only threw 77 pitches, 55 for strikes, in six innings.

Antonio Bastardo looked shaky once again. He allowed three of the Mets four runs in only 1/3 of the 7th inning. Vance Worley came in and stopped the bleeding, allowing a run in 1 2/3 innings of relief with three strike outs.

The Phillies have 99 wins with three games remaining, all in Atlanta. The Phils will need to win two of those games to tie the franchise record of 101 wins. A series sweep will be a new record. We will keep you updated on pitching but everything is lined up for Halladay to make the Game 1 start in the NLDS on Saturday.

2B: Victorino (26), Polanco (14). 3B: Pence (5). HR: Pence (21).

WP: Halladay (19-6). LP: Pelfrey (7-13).



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