7,668: Phils pay back Mets with 10-0 whopping

Payback time

The Philadelphia Phillies pounced on Mets starter Mike Pelfrey for six runs in the fourth inning Saturday to pay back New York with a 10-0 defeat.

The loss – the Mets’ first after eight straight wins – comes just a day after the Mets crushed the Phillies 9-1 in the series opener.

Though lead-off hitter Shane Victorino killed Pelfrey’s chance for a no-hitter with a double on the first at-bat (that’s 7,668 games for our count), the game remained scoreless until the fourth inning when a couple shallow fly balls started the downtown.

Chase Utley floated a ball just past shortstop Jose Reyes, and it dropped in for a single when Reyes couldn’t quite get it into the web of his mitt. Then, after Ryan Howard singled Utley over to second, Jayson Werth floated a shallow fly ball to center that second-baseman Alex Cora bobbled and let drop for a single.

That let Utley cross the plate, marking Pelfrey’s first earned run in 27 innings.

The Phillies added five more in the inning on Juan Castro’s two-RBI double and Shane Victorino’s three-run homer.

Meanwhile, Roy Halladay held the Mets to just three hits for a complete-game shutout.

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