September 12, 2009: Wright's Homers Lead Comeback Win

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Date: September 12, 2009
Mets starter: Mike Pelfrey
Mets: 10
Phillies: 9
Winning pitcher: Pedro Feliciano
Key player(s): David Wright, Carlos Beltran, Fernando Tatis
Key play: Beltran’s & Wright’s home runs

The Mets played the Phillies on a Saturday afternoon a Citizens Bank Park. Each team squandered a four-run lead in a game that featured a total of 27 hits. A pair of late home runs by David Wright helped the Mets to a 10-9 win over Philadelphia.

Luis Castillo doubled off Phillies’ starter Jamie Moyer to begin the top of the first inning. Fernando Tatis hit a single to move Castillo to third base and went to second on a throw. An ensuing single by David Wright scored Castillo and Tatis. Carlos Beltran homered for two more runs and a 4-0 Mets lead. Jeff Francoeur got an infield single and Omir Santos hit into a double play. Moyer retired Daniel Murphy on a ground ball to second baseman Chase Utley for the third out. Mets’ starter Mike Pelfrey then set down the Phils in order in the bottom of the inning.

Moyer pitched a perfect top of the second inning. In the bottom half, Ryan Howard got a leadoff single and Pelfrey retired the next two batters. Pedro Feliz followed with a two-run homer and Carlos Ruiz hit a double. Pelfrey threw a called third strike past Moyer to end the inning. The Mets were then retired 1-2-3 by Moyer in the top of the third.

Utley hit a solo homer with two outs in the bottom of the third inning. Howard singled and Raul Ibanez homered to give the Phillies a 5-4 lead. Pelfrey retired Jayson Werth on a grounder to third baseman Wright to end the inning. Moyer set down the Mets in order again in the top of the fourth. Jimmie Rollins got a two-out single that brought home Ruiz in the bottom half. Shane Victorino then hit an inning-ending ground out to first baseman Murphy.

After a scoreless fifth inning, Tatis got an infield single to lead off the top of the sixth. Moyer set down the next three New York batters. Feliz got a one-out double and scored on Ruiz’s ensuing single in the bottom of the inning. Ruiz advanced to second base on Moyer’s sacrifice bunt. Rollins hit a triple to plate Ruiz and extend the Phils’ lead to 8-4. Pelfrey then got Victorino on a fly ball to left fielder Tatis for the third out.

Murphy doubled with one out in the top of the seventh inning. Daniel stole third base and scored on a ground out by Wilson Valdez. Pinch-hitter Nick Evans hit a grounder to third baseman Feliz to end the inning. Utley hit a double off Mets’ reliever Ken Takahashi to start the bottom half. With one out, Ibanez singled to score Utley for the ninth Philadelphia run. Sean Green then came in to pitch and retired the next two Phils batters.

In the top of the eighth inning, Tatis doubled with one out against Phillies’ reliever Brett Myers. Wright hit a two-run homer and Beltran singled to left field. Reliever Chan Ho Park retired Francoeur on a fly ball to left fielder Ibanez and gave up a single to Santos. Murphy singled to score Beltran and cut the Philadelphia lead to 9-8. Park set down pinch-hitter Cory Sullivan on a pop-up to shortstop Rollins for the third out. The Phils loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the inning. Mets’ reliever Pedro Feliciano then struck out Howard to stop the scoring chance.

Phillies’ reliever Ryan Madson retired the first two batters in the top of the ninth inning. Tatis followed with a single to right field. Wright hit his second homer of the game to put the Mets ahead by a run. Beltran singled and Francoeur popped out to Rollins for the third out.

Mets’ reliever Francisco Rodriguez struck out Ibanez to open the bottom of the ninth. Werth flied out to right fielder Francoeur. Rodriguez then struck out Feliz to end the game. The Mets had a come-from-behind victory over the reigning World Champions to end a four-game losing streak.