Chase Utley and Domonic Brown homered during a five-run first inning, Kyle Kendrick survived six shaky innings, and the Phillies beat the Mets 7-3 Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park to win their first series of the season.
After losing two of three to the Braves and Royals, the Phils won two of three against the Mets, improving to 4-5 this year.
Utley hit a two-run shot at dead center field following Jimmy Rollins’ double, and Brown hit a three-run shot to deep right moments later after Ryan Howard singled and Michael Young walked.
Laynce Nix, batting for Kendrick, added a two-run pinch-hit home run in the sixth.
Kendrick allowed solo homers to John Buck in the second and and Lucas Duda in the fourth but got out of a bases-loaded, one-out situation in the second and a second-and-third, one-out jam in the fifth.
The game was delayed for 27 minutes in the bottom of the fourth as a brief squall swept through South Philly. It was stopped at 8:31 p.m. and resumed at 8:58 p.m.
The rain resumed in the top of the ninth, and it was pouring as the game ended.
Starting pitching report
Kendrick battled through six innings, allowing eight hits and two walks and striking out six to become the first Phillie starter other than Cliff Lee to earn a win this year. Kendrick needed 105 pitches to get through six innings.
Hefner (0-2) allowed six hits and five earned runs in three innings. In his last two starts against the Phillies, he’s allowed 12 earned runs in three innings. In his career, he’s given up 23 hits and 18 earned runs in 10 1/3 innings (15.68 ERA).
Antonio Bastardo pitched a scoreless seventh; Michael Adams pitched the eighth, allowing Duda’s second solo homer of the game; and Jonathan Papelbon pitched the non-save ninth in his first appearance since last Wednesday in Atlanta.
In the field
The Mets had second and third with one out in the top of the fifth when Ike Davis hit a sinking blooper behind second base that Ben Revere charged in and caught, then fired to second to double-up Daniel Murphy, who had strayed off the bag.
At the plate
Michael Young reached three times with a single, a double and a walk, raising his average to .375. Rollins’ first-inning double made him the first Phillie with five doubles in the first eight games of the season since John Kruk in 1993. Ryan Howard, who hit his first homer on Tuesday night, went 2-for-4.
This and that
Kendrick’s last April win as a starter was on April 26, 2008, vs. the Pirates. … Last time the Phillies hit three homers in consecutive games was June 18 and 19, 2010, vs. the Twins. On June 18, Howard hit two and Chase Utley hit one, and a day later, the Phils got homers from Ross Gload, Jayson Werth, Wilson Valdez, Raul Ibanez and Howard. ... Mets centerfielder Jordany Valdespin made two circus catches and had three hits.
Stat of the day
The last two times the Phillies have scored at least five runs in the first inning, Hefner has been the opposing pitcher. The Phillies scored seven runs off Hefner in a game they went on to win 16-1 at Citi Field on Sept. 20. Hefner did not retire a batter in that game.
After an off day Thursday, the Phillies are on the road for six games, Friday through Sunday in Miami vs. the Marlins and then Monday through Wednesday in Cincinnati vs. the Reds. All are 7:05 or 7:10 p.m. games with the exception of Sunday in Miami, which is a 1:10 p.m. start.
Pitching matchups for the Marlins series are John Lannan vs. Ricky Nolasco Thursday, Cole Hamels vs. Jose Fernandez Saturday and Roy Halladay vs. Kevin Slowey on Sunday.
The Phils are back home April 18, starting an eight-game homestand with the Cards and Pirates.