By ROB MAADDI
AP Sports Writer
PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Ike Davis hit a tiebreaking double during a
four-run 10th inning, Kelly Shoppach had a two-run homer and the
New York Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies 9-5 Tuesday night for
their third straight victory.
Shoppach hit a tying double in the eighth and then connected off
B.J. Rosenberg (0-2). Mike Baxter also hit a two-run shot for the
Mets, who are 6-1 in Philadelphia this season.
It was the first time in 10 games New York scored more than
Ryan Howard hit a grand slam and Chase Utley had a solo shot for
the Phillies, who had won four straight.
The Phillies probably aren’t going to win their sixth straight
NL East title, but they’re clinging to extremely slim postseason
hopes. They remained 10 games behind St. Louis in the race for the
second wild-card spot. The Cardinals were 91/2 out at this point last
year, but they rallied to earn a wild-card berth and went on to
beat the Phillies and win the World Series.
Bobby Parnell (4-3) tossed two scoreless innings for the win.
Neither starting pitcher fared well. Vance Worley allowed four
runs and nine hits in 4 1-3 innings to remain winless in his last
five starts for the Phillies.
New York’s Chris Young gave up five runs and four hits in 5 1-3
Utley ripped his ninth homer out to right to give the Phillies a
5-4 lead in the fifth, ending Young’s night.
The Mets rallied in the eighth, an inning that’s plagued
Philadelphia all season. David Wright worked a leadoff walk against
Josh Lindblom. Antonio Bastardo entered and retired the next two
batters before allowing Shoppach’s RBI double.
Helped by Young’s control problems, the Phillies loaded the
bases without a hit in the first. Jimmy Rollins walked, Kevin
Frandsen was hit by a pitch and Utley walked after hitting a few
deep fouls. That brought up Howard, who drove one out to deep
right-center to extend his franchise record to 11 career slams.
But the Mets chipped away. Baxter connected in the fourth to get
New York within a run on his second career homer.
They chased Worley and tied it in the fifth. Ruben Tejada led
off with a ground-rule double. He advanced on Daniel Murphy’s
single and scored on Wright’s sacrifice fly that made it 4-all.
The Mets hit three straight singles on the first five pitches to
start the game. Wright drove in Tejada on his grounder to left.
Tejada was initially called out by plate umpire Mike Estabrook on a
strong throw home by Domonic Brown, but Estabrook changed the call
after realizing catcher Erik Kratz dropped the ball and picked it
The Mets won their first two series in Philadelphia this season,
including a three-game sweep in May. A packed house usually greets
the Mets and many blue-shirted fans make the trip down the New
Jersey turnpike. But with these two teams likely going nowhere,
that atmosphere was missing. The crowd of 41,227 was the smallest
at Citizens Bank Park this season.
NOTES: Rollins hosted the Uganda Little League team. Rollins
visited Uganda in January and helped train the local team for their
participation in the Little League World Series. … Hector Luna
had Philadelphia’s only other slam this year. … Worley is 0-3
with a 6.75 ERA in his last five starts. … Murphy was 4 for 44
with no extra-base hits in that span coming in. He went 3 for 5.
… Tejada ended an 0-for-10 slump with his leadoff hit. … Cole
Hamels (14-6, 2.99 ERA) tries to win his fourth straight decision
Wednesday night. Matt Harvey (2-3, 2.75) starts for the Mets.
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