The Phillies were sparked yesterday by the return of one player from the disabled list.
All-Star second baseman Chase Utley returned to the Phillies lineup on Monday after missing 28 games due to a broken bone in his right hand and went 3-for-5 with a home run and two runs batted in to help his club to a big 9-2 victory over the Mets.
The victory pulled the Phillies to within five games of the National League- leading Mets and also helped the club keep pace in the wild card race.
Pat Burrell added a two-run homer, while Jayson Werth went 4-for-4 to give him nine hits in his last nine at-bats. He is just one hit shy of the NL record of hits in 10 straight at-bats, held by 10 different players including
The major league record is 12, held by
Tadahito Iguchi, who the Phillies acquired from the White Sox to replace Utley at second short term, hit a pinch-hit homer.
Starting pitcher J.D. Durbin (6-3) got the win, allowing two runs on six hits with six strikeouts over 6 1/3 frames. The Phils improved to 3-4 on their current 10-game homestand.
Eaton, who threw a 40-pitch rehab outing with Double-A Reading on Friday, is pitching to an even worse 8.79 ERA over his last six starts, going 1-3 in that span. In his last start before landing on the DL, the right-hander was rocked for six runs on eight hits over just three innings of a loss to
However, if Eaton is ever going to get back on track, the Mets would be the likely place to start. He has won each of his five lifetime starts against
Tom Glavine will shoot for career win number 302 with tonight's start for the Mets. Glavine is 4-0 over his last nine starts, but was rocked for six runs and 11 hits in just five innings against
The 41-year-old is 28-17 with a 3.78 ERA in 62 career starts versus the Phillies, including 2-0 in three starts against them this season with a 2.84 ERA.
Glavine will try to fare batter than yesterday's starter, Brian Lawrence (1-2).