May 1, 2011: Paulino's Double Beats Phils in 14th

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Date: May 1, 2011
Mets starter: Chris Young
Mets: 2
Phillies: 1
Winning pitcher: Taylor Buchholz
Key player(s): Ronny Paulino, David Wright, Carlos Beltran
Key play: Paulino’s double

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Sunday night in Philadelphia. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Ronny Paulino hit a run-scoring double in the 14th inning for a 2-1 Mets win over the Phils.

Chris Young and the Phillies’ Cliff Lee each started the game with four scoreless innings pitched. David Wright hit a single with two outs in the top of the fifth. Carlos Beltran followed with a double to drive home Wright for a 1-0 Mets lead. Lee retired Jason Bay on a fly ball to right fielder Ben Francisco to end the inning. Young then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Lee yielded only a single to Paulino in the top of the sixth. Young hurled a perfect bottom of the inning and Lee shut down the Mets in the top of the seventh. Ryan Howard drew a one-out walk in the bottom half. Francisco was hit by a pitch and Raul Ibanez went down on strikes. Pete Orr walked to load the bases and Young struck out Brian Schneider to end the inning. On the appeal call of the third strike to Schneider, Phils’ manager Charlie Manuel argued with and was ejected by third base umpire Lance Barksdale.

Philadelphia relievers Michael Stutes and Antonio Bastardo combined for a scoreless top of the eighth. Pinch-hitter John Mayberry, Jr. drew a walk against the Mets’ Jason Isringhausen to lead off the bottom half. Shane Victorino’s sacrifice bunt advanced Mayberry to second base and Placido Polanco popped out to shortstop Jose Reyes. Jimmie Rollins drew a walk and Isringhausen was replaced on the mound by New York’s Tim Byrdak. Howard greeted Byrdak with a single that scored Mayberry and tied the game. Francisco walked against the Mets’ Francisco Rodriguez to load the bases. Rodriguez then got Ibanez on a force play ground ball to second baseman Justin Turner for the inning’s final out.

Phillies’ reliever Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless top of the ninth. During the inning, the crowd at Citizens Bank Park chanted “USA!” continuously in response to the news of the death of Osama Bin Laden. Orr grounded out to Turner to lead off the bottom half. Schneider singled and Mayberry was struck out. Victorino followed with a single to center field. Rodriguez then retired Polanco on a fly ball to right fielder Beltran that closed out the inning and sent the game onward.

Pedro Beato and the Phils’ Danys Baez each pitched scoreless 10th and 11th innings. Philadelphia’s Kyle Kendrick hurled a perfect top of the 12th and Beato set down all three batters in the bottom half. Jason Pridie doubled with one out in the top of the 13th. Pridie advanced to third base after pinch-hitter Josh Thole’s fly out to Francisco. Reyes was given an intentional walk and stole second. Kendrick retired Daniel Murphy on an inning-ending ground ball to second baseman Orr. Mets’ reliever Taylor Buchholz then set down the side 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Wright hit a leadoff single in the top of the 14th. Beltran popped out to shortstop Rollins and a single by Bay ensued. Ike Davis was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Victorino, after which Wright moved to third base. Paulino followed with a double (Ronny’s fifth hit of the game) to drive home Wright and put the Mets ahead by a run. Pridie was walked intentionally to load the bases. Buchholz then grounded back to Kendrick to finish off the inning.

Orr popped out to Reyes to lead off the bottom of the 14th. Pinch-hitter Cole Hamels was retired on a ground ball to second baseman Murphy. Buchholz then struck out Mayberry to end the game. The Mets had an extra-inning victory.