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Phillies' Chase Utley again plays villain against Mets

Chase Utley of the Philadelphia Phillies walks to

Chase Utley of the Philadelphia Phillies walks to first base after he was hit with a pitch in the fifth inning by Matt Harvey of the New York Mets at Citi Field on Tuesday, April 14, 2015. Credit: Jim McIsaac

A Dark Knight can't exist without a villain, and during the Mets' bizarre 6-5 victory over the Phillies on Tuesday night, Chase Utley played the part.

The Phillies second baseman -- and notorious Mets tormentor -- bashed two homers while going 3-for-3 with three RBIs.

One of those homers came off Harvey, who later plunked Utley on the back. It happened in the fifth, two innings after Phillies starter David Buchanan had already hit two Mets batters on the hand.

"Getting hit by a pitch is part of the game," Utley said. "It's not the first time I've been hit and it probably won't be the last."

Harvey said "that one got away," and that he was "overamped."

The situation didn't point toward retaliation, with the Mets hanging onto a 4-3 lead. There was already a runner on third base when Utley jogged to first as the potential go-ahead run.

Still, the umpires issued warnings, and a crowd of 39,489 jumped to its feet.

They had descended upon Citi Field to watch Harvey's first start here since undergoing Tommy John surgery. But the price of admission included so much more, including Harvey's duel with Utley.

"Sometimes when a great player faces another great player, it brings the best out of our guy," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said. "Chase, I think, rose to the occasion, to the challenge of facing a very good pitcher."


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