On Tuesday the Mets were attempting to win their third straight game for the first time in two months. It took a tenth inning explosion but they finally got the job done against the Phillies.
The Mets got off to a good start — three straight singles by Ruben Tejada, Daniel Murphy and David Wright to lead off the game gave the Mets a 1-0 lead.
The Phillies got an even better start in the bottom of the inning. Chris Young allowed two walks and a hit a batter to load the bases, and Ryan Howard hit a grand slam to center to make it a 4-1 game.
Mike Baxter cut the lead to 4-3 with a two-run blast in the fourth. It was Baxter’s first home run of the season.
The Mets tied the game in the fifth, and once again it was the Tejada-Murphy-Wright combination. Tejada led off the inning with a double. He moved to third on an infield single by Murphy (that should have been called a throwing error on third baseman Kevin Frandsen). Tejada scored on Wright’s sacrifice fly to tie the game at four. That also knocked Phillies starter Vance Worley from the game.
The tie didn’t last long — Chase Utley hit a long homer to right to make it 5-4.
And Young didn’t last long, either. He was pulled after the home run, allowing five runs on four hits and three walks in 4.1 innings. Yeah, this was much better than allowing Collin McHugh to make his second big league start.
Wright led off the eighth with a walk. Two outs later he was still there, but Kelly Shoppach came through with a double to right to score Wright to tie the game at five.
Then came the 10th. Wright dunked a single into right and Ike Davis followed with a double to left-center. Wright scored to make it 6-5. Lucas Duda singled to plate Davis (running through Tim Teufel’s stop sign) to extend the lead to 7-5. Shoppach put the game out of reach with a mammoth home run to left to make it 9-5.
That was the final score. A good comeback win for the Mets.