NEW YORK — Chase Utley hit a two-run homer as part of a three-run sixth inning and the Philadelphia Phillies took advantage of New York’s bullpen in a 4-1 victory over the Mets on Saturday night.
After Mets starter Tim Redding held the Phillies to one hit through five shutout innings in a spot start, Philadelphia broke out against relievers Pat Misch and Sean Green.
Misch (0-1), recalled earlier in the day from Triple-A Buffalo, walked Shane Victorino leading off the sixth and then gave up a long homer to right to Utley — the All-Star second baseman’s 26th of the season.
Rookie left-hander J.A. Happ (10-2) settled down after allowing Omir Santos’ RBI single in the second inning that gave the Mets a 1-0 lead. Happ has won three straight decisions.
Brad Lidge got three outs for his 24th save in 32 chances. Lidge earned his 700th major league strikeout when he fanned Daniel Murphy leading off the ninth.
LOS ANGELES — Charlie Haeger baffled the Cubs with his knuckleball, Matt Kemp and Casey Blake homered, and Los Angeles defeated Chicago to win their third game in a row.
The NL West leaders haven’t been on this kind of roll since taking five straight from July 18-22. All three wins have come against the struggling Cubs, who lost for the 10th time in 13 games.
Chicago managed four hits a day after getting one-hit on the road for the first time in more than 23 years.
HOUSTON — Brian Moehler won for the first time in more than a month and Houston won its season-best fourth straight.
The Diamondbacks have lost seven straight, their longest skid since dropping seven in a row in June 2006.
Carlos Lee had two hits and a go-ahead sacrifice fly to help Moehler (8-9) end his four-game losing streak. LaTroy Hawkins earned his 11th save by pitching a scoreless ninth.
ATLANTA — Rookie Tommy Hanson won his fourth straight start in August, combining with two Braves relievers on a four-hitter.
The Braves, powered by home runs by Yunel Escobar and Omar Infante, took a 4-0 lead in the first inning.
Hanson (9-2) gave up four hits and three runs in seven innings. He walked three and struck out seven to improve to 4-0 in August. Mike Gonzalez and Rafael Soriano, who pitched the ninth for his 19th save, combined for two perfect innings in relief of Hanson.
PITTSBURGH — Ryan Doumit homered, doubled and drove in three runs to give Zach Duke some unaccustomed run support and Pittsburgh Cincinnati into last place in the NL Central.
Duke (10-11) matched his career high for wins set in 2006, giving up two runs and eight hits in seven innings for his second victory since June 24. The Pirates scored only 10 runs while he was on the mound during his 11 losses.