Harris comes through in Beltran's place

Willie Harris of the New York Mets scores

Willie Harris of the New York Mets scores a second inning run past against the New York Yankees after a base hit from teammate Jason Pridie at Yankee Stadium. (May 22, 2011) (Credit: Jim McIsaac)

Carlos Beltran came to Citi Field Sunday, but mostly just to check in and receive intravenous fluid to help him recover from the flu. "He said his body felt really sore," Terry Collins said, adding that Beltran likely will not play Monday night.

Willie Harris started in his place Sunday, largely because of solid career numbers against Kyle Kendrick -- similar to the rationale for starting Scott Hairston against Cole Hamels on Saturday. Harris came through, hitting a single in the first, double in the third and a deep flyout to right in the sixth. He is .368 lifetime against Kendrick.

Hairston, back on the bench after a three-hit, five-RBI day, also came through. He drove home a run with a pinch single. When he was asked about possibly getting more time in place of the struggling Jason Bay, Hairston said: "I have a role. It's not going to help by thinking, `I need to be playing more.' "

Extra bases

Pedro Beato was cut some slack by Collins because he had not pitched in a week. Also, it didn't help that Bay muffed a fly to left that could have been an out. Still, there was not much good in Beato's two-thirds of an inning. He walked three in the eighth, which allowed the Phillies to go up 8-1. "No excuses," the potential closer said. "It does make it more frustrating. The spot is there. I'm one of the guys to compete for it. That's not the kind of outing that Terry or anyone would want out of a guy who could be closing." . . . David Wright went 2-4 with a double, walk, run scored and an RBI today for St. Lucie (A) of the Florida State League vs. Clearwater. Wright played the entire game. He was the designated hitter.

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