PHILADELPHIA (AP) -Chase Utley had three hits, including a solo homer, in his first game since having hand surgery one month ago, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the New York Mets 9-2 Monday night in the opener of a pivotal four-game series.
J.D. Durbin had a career-high six strikeouts in 6 1-3 innings, Pat Burrell and pinch-hitter Tadahito Iguchi hit two-run homers and Jayson Werth was 4-for-4, helping the Phillies move within five games of the NL East-leading Mets.
Durbin (6-3) allowed two runs and six hits. The right-hander is one of 12 pitchers to start for the injury-depleted Phillies this season.
Mets starter Brian Lawrence (1-2) gave up five runs and 10 hits in 4 2-3 innings. He has a 6.31 ERA in five starts.
Werth gave the Phillies a 1-0 lead in the second with an RBI double. He has nine straight hits over two games. The NL record for consecutive hits is 10, accomplished by 10 different players.
Braves 13, Marlins 2
MIAMI (AP) - Brian McCann hit his second grand slam in a week and Atlanta rebounded from a tough weekend in St. Louis to rout slumping Florida.
The Braves won for the second time in seven games, after losing two of three over the weekend to the Cardinals. The Marlins lost for the 12th time in their last 13.
Matt Diaz hit a solo homer, doubled twice, singled and scored three runs. Chipper Jones had three hits and scored three runs, and Kelly Johnson hit a solo homer.
Scott Olsen (9-12) lasted just four innings for the Marlins. He gave up 10 runs, six earned, and 11 hits. Olsen fell to 1-5 in seven starts since he was arrested July 21 for driving under the influence and resisting an officer.
Lance Cormier (1-4) pitched seven innings for the Braves, allowing two runs and six hits.
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