July 6, 2008: Tatis's Homer in 12th Beats Phils

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Date: July 6, 2008
Mets starter: Oliver Perez
Mets: 4
Phillies: 2
Winning pitcher: Joe Smith
Key player(s): Fernando Tatis, Carlos Beltran, Joe Smith
Key play: Tatis's homer in 12th

The Mets and Phillies faced each other on a Sunday afternoon at Citizen's Bank Park. The teams played a 4-hour and 25-minute game that went into extra innings. The Mets came away with a 4-2 win on a two-run homer by Fernando Tatis in the 12th inning.

After two scoreless innings, the Mets took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third. Carlos Beltran homered off Phils' starter Kyle Kendrick with two out. Mets' starter Oliver Perez made the single-run lead stand up through the bottom of the seventh with four-hit shutout ball. The Phillies then loaded the bases against three Met relievers in the eighth, but did not score.

In the top of the ninth inning, Jose Reyes singled off Philadelphia reliever Brad Lidge. Reyes stole second base and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Endy Chavez. After Lidge struck out David Wright, Beltran singled to score Reyes for the Mets' second run of the game. The Phillies then tied it on Jayson Werth's two-run homer off reliever Billy Wagner in the bottom of the inning.

Phils' reliever Ryan Madson shut down the Mets in the top of the tenth. In the bottom half, Joe Smith entered with two runners on base and got Carlos Ruiz to hit into a force play for the third out. The Mets failed to score in the top of the 11th, but Smith followed up with a perfect inning to send the game onward.

Carlos Delgado drew a leadoff walk from the Phils' Chad Durbin in the top of the 12th inning. Delgado advanced to second on Damion Easley's sacrifice bunt and Tatis came up to bat. Fernando homered to give the Mets a two-run lead. Durbin then struck out the next two batters to end the inning.

Smith shut down the Phillies on one hit in the bottom of the 12th inning. The game was over as Joe recorded his first win of the season. For the Mets, the victory lifted their record to the .500 mark on the season.