After being swept by the Atlanta Braves, the Phillies needed to make it up to their frustrated fans. So, they swept their rivals, the New York Mets, at home. It is their only series win at home against a team not named the Washington Nationals.
Johan Santana never lost to the Phillies, coming into today 4-0 against the Phillies. Jimmy Rollins greeted him with a lead-off home run. Rollins finished the day 2-for-3. He has seven hits in last four games.
A stellar performance by Joe Blanton gave the Phillies an opportunity to win. He pitched 7.1 shutout innings. He allowed four hits, walked three, and struck out five. The Phillies were also able to escape jams as the Mets hit into three key double plays.
Chase Utley homered off Santana in the sixth inning to give the Phillies a little bit of insurance. Blanton nor the bullpen needed it, shutting out the Mets.
Brad Lidge converted his sixteenth save, striking out the side in order. Santana pitched well, but was tacked with his first loss against the Phillies. Worse for Santana, his team was swept, falling four games behind the Phillies.