July 5, 2012: Two Runs in 9th Beat Phils

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Date: July 5, 2012
Mets starter: R. A. Dickey
Mets: 6
Phillies: 5
Winning pitcher: Bobby Parnell
Key player(s): Scott Hairston, Daniel Murphy, David Wright
Key play: Hairston's homer in 2nd and throw in 8th, Murphy's single in 9th, Wright's homer and two singles

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Thursday night at Citi Field. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets scored twice in the ninth inning to pull out a 6-5 win over Philadelphia.

Jimmie Rollins drew a walk against Mets' starter R. A. Dickey to lead off the top of the first inning. Juan Pierre hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Ruben Tejada and a fly ball by Hunter Pence was caught by center fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis. Carlos Ruiz was hit by a pitch and Shane Victorino singled to drive home Pierre. Dickey struck out Ty Wigginton to end the inning. Phils' starter Cole Hamels then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Placido Polanco singled to open the top of the second. Mike Fontenot went down on strikes and Hamels followed with a bunt single. Rollins hit a double to score Polanco and send Hamels to third base. Dickey retired the next two Philadelphia batters to close out the inning and Scott Hairston homered to begin the bottom half. Hamels set down the Mets' next three hitters and Ruiz doubled to lead off the top of the third. Dickey then recorded three consecutive strikeouts to end the inning.

Dickey singled with one out in the bottom of the third. Tejada popped out to second baseman Fontenot and a single by Daniel Murphy ensued. David Wright singled to drive home Dickey and tie the game at 2-2. Hairston drew a walk and Lucas Duda was retired on an inning-ending grounder to first baseman Wigginton. With runners at first and second and two outs in the top of the fourth, Pence singled to score Fontenot for a 3-2 Phillies lead. Dickey got Ruiz to ground out to Tejada and end the inning. Hamels then retired the Mets in order in the bottom half.

Dickey shut down the Phils in the top of the fifth. Tejada got a one-out single in the bottom of the inning. Murphy was struck out and Wright homered to put the Mets ahead by a run. Hamels got Hairston on a line drive to third baseman Polanco for the third out and singled with one out in the top of the sixth. Rollins followed with a triple that brought home Hamels. An ensuing sacrifice bunt by Pierre plated Rollins and gave the Phillies a 5-4 lead. Dickey retired Pence on an inning-ending grounder to Tejada. Hamels then set down the side 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Dickey and Hamels each hurled a perfect seventh inning. With one out in the top of the eighth, Fontenot hit a ground rule double against Mets' reliever Jon Rauch. Pinch-hitter Chase Utley singled off reliever Tim Byrdak on which Fontenot was out at home via a throw by left fielder Hairston to catcher Josh Thole. Byrdak issued an intentional walk to Rollins and Mets' reliever Pedro Beato retired John Mayberry on an inning-ending ground ball to third baseman Wright. For Philadelphia, Antonio Bastardo pitched a perfect bottom half. Mets' reliever Bobby Parnell then set down all three batters in the top of the ninth.

Leading off the bottom of the ninth inning, Ike Davis hit a double against the Phils' Jonathan Papelbon. Thole's ensuing sacrifice bunt advanced pinch-runner Ronny Cedeno to third base. Nieuwenhuis went down on strikes and pinch-hitter Jordany Valdespin was hit by a pitch. Valdespin stole second and Tejada drew a walk to load the bases. Murphy followed with a single off Papelbon's leg that scored Cedeno with the tying run. Wright then singled to drive home Valdespin and bring the game to an end. The Mets had an exciting come-from-behind victory.