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Takahashi made 202 starts in Japan before signing a minor league deal in the offseason with the Mets. He made 15 relief appearances before being bumped into the rotation for New York.
Philadelphia did not advance a runner to third until there was one out in the sixth, and then Takahashi fooled the No. 4 and 5 hitters into easy outs. Ryan Howard flailed helplessly at an 82 mph changeup for strike three and Jayson Werth hit a lazy fly to right.
"I know he's one of the biggest hitters in the game, and (Rod) Barajas had a good plan to get him out," Takashi said of Howard. "I stuck to the plan."
Relievers Jenrry Mejia, Ryota Igarashi and Fernando Nieve each worked an inning to complete the shutout.'
Ike Davis led off the second by doubling off the wall in center, just to the right of the 408 foot sign. He went to third on Angel Pagan's single to right and scored on Barajas' sacrifice fly off Blanton (1-3).
Reyes led off the third with a homer.
In the sixth, Barajas hit a two-run double off Blanton and Reyes greeted reliever Chad Durbin with an RBI single to make it 5-0.
Blanton gave up five runs and six hits. He walked four, one intentional.
NOTES: The Mets last held the Phillies scoreless in back-to-back games in July 1998, at Shea Stadium. ... Dickey, hit on the left elbow by a liner Tuesday, said he should be fine to make his next start Sunday. ... Manuel said he is considering Nieve for a spot start Saturday. ... Phillies C Carlos Ruiz was not in the starting lineup because his right shoulder has been a little banged up. ... Barajas was hit on his right wrist by a wild pitch that bounced in the dirt in the seventh inning. X-rays were negative but he was very sore after the game. He was not sure if he could start Thursday.
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