Victorino slams Santana, Mets
PHILADELPHIA — Watching from the on-deck circle, Shane Victorino was caught up in the fervor like 45,000 Phillies fans.
Mets ace Johan Santana was a pitch away from improbably walking pitcher Jamie Moyer with the bases loaded. The ballpark suddenly sounded like all those big October games the Phillies have won the last three years.
"When he got it at 3-1, I was like, 'Please don't swing here, Jamie,' " Victorino said.
Moyer eventually drew the walk, and Victorino brought 'em all home.
Victorino hit a grand slam off Santana and Chase Utley had a two-run shot during Philadelphia's nine-run fourth inning, helping the Phillies pound the New York Mets, 11-5, last night.
"Sometimes, you love being in that situation," said Victorino, a St. Anthony alum.
Santana (3-2) allowed a career-worst 10 runs in 3 2/3 innings. The two-time AL Cy Young Award winner allowed four homers — and one crucial bases-loaded walk.
Holding a 5-3 lead in the fourth, Santana missed on a full-count pitch to Moyer with two out, forcing in a run. Victorino followed with his second career grand slam and Utley went deep two batters later. Nine straight batters reached in the inning.
Placido Polanco and Ryan Howard also homered for the Phillies, who won two of three against New York.
David Wright hit a three-run homer in the first inning and Rod Barajas added a two-run shot in the fourth, but Moyer (3-2) survived the shaky start to last six innings.
Raul Ibanez hit a two-out RBI single, Juan Castro singled and Carlos Ruiz walked before Moyer came to the plate in the fourth. Phillies manager Charlie Manuel decided to leave his starter in instead of calling for a pinch hitter.
Santana, who had walked only nine batters in his first five starts, walked Moyer on seven pitches.
"I was just trying to find a way to get on base," Moyer said. "He did me a favor and got behind 2-0."
Victorino made Santana pay with his fifth homer of the season — shades of Game 2 of the 2008 NL division series when Victorino hit a grand slam after pitcher Brett Myers worked a walk against Milwaukee's CC Sabathia.
"I guess you can say it was deja vu," Victorino said. "I didn't think about it going up there."
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