July 13, 2003: Phillips' Single Beats Phillies

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Date: July 13, 2003
Mets starter: Tom Glavine
Mets: 4
Phillies: 3
Winning pitcher: Armando Benitez
Key player(s): Jason Phillips
Key play: Phillips' & Burnitz's doubles in 5th, Phillips' single in 9th

The Mets and Phillies played the final game of a three-game series on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. Tom Glavine took the mound in an effort to prevent the Mets from being swept. Although Glavine did not figure in the decision, the Mets came up with a 4-3 win on a single by Jason Phillips in the ninth inning.

The Phils got themselves a 2-0 lead against Glavine in the first three innings. Jason Michaels and Jimmy Rollins hit back-to-back doubles for a run in the second and Jim Thome singled home Placido Polanco in the third. Meanwhile, Philadelphia starter Brett Myers held the Mets scoreless on three hits through the end of the fourth.

In the bottom of the fifth, Joe McEwing singled off Myers to start the inning. McEwing moved to second base on Glavine's sacrifice bunt and came around to score on a single by Jose Reyes. After Reyes stole second, Phillips doubled him home to tie the game. Jeromy Burnitz followed with another double to bring home Phillips for a 3-2 Mets lead.

Neither team scored from the sixth inning to the eighth. In the top of the ninth, Mets' reliever Armando Benitez retired the first two Phillies batters before giving up a single to Nick Punto. Benitez then walked Thome and allowed another single to Mike Lieberthal on which Punto came home. Armando got Michaels on an inning-ending force play, but the game was tied at 3-3.

In the bottom of the ninth, Rey Sanchez got a one-out single off Phils' reliever Terry Adams. Reyes followed with a double to right field, sending pinch-runner Roger Cedeno to third base. Jeff Duncan was walked intentionally to load the bases with Phillips coming to bat. Jason hit a single to right, scoring Cedeno with the winning run. The Mets had staved off a sweep of the Phils and ended a six-game losing streak.