Asdrubal Cabrera hit a three-run homer in the 11th inning to give the Mets a win Thursday night in a game the seemed destined to lose.
Curtis Granderson hit a two-run shot, his 29th on the season, in the second inning to give the Mets an early lead.
But Seth Lugo coughed it up. A triple and a ground out in the fourth gave the Phillies their first run. And then in the fifth, Ryan Howard and Cameron Rupp hit back-to-back homers on back-to-back pitches and suddenly the Phillies had a 3-2 lead.
But it would not last — Yoenis Cespedes tied the game in the bottom of the inning with an RBI single.
And it was Cespedes again in the seventh with a run-scoring double to give the Mets a 4-3 lead.
Addison Reed found trouble in the eighth. Two infield singles sandwiched around a sacrifice bunt put runners on first and third with one out. And then Maikel Franco sent a Reed offering over the wall in right-center to give the Phillies a 6-4 lead.
The Mets went quietly in the eighth, but Brandon Nimmo led off the ninth with a single to bring the potential tying run to the plate in the form of the struggling, benched Jay Bruce. He failed in a similar pinch-hitting situation the previous night, striking out. Tonight? Failed again, another strike out. Reyes was next and he did not fail; he hit a two-run homer to right to tie the game at six (no miracle catches on this night).
Lucas Duda came within inches of ending the game in the 10th when he hit a ball that just sailed past the wrong side of the foul poul. He would strike out to send the game to the 11th.
After a solid tenth, Jeurys Familia was back out there for the 11th. He allowed a leadoff double to Freddy Galvis. The next batter failed to sacrifice and struck out. A ground out to second moved Galvis to third. Cesar Hernandez was intentionally walked to face A.J. Ellis. He blooped a single to right to give the Phillies a 7-6 lead. Jerry Blevins came in and hit a batter to load the bases. Then it was Jim Henderson — the tenth Mets pitcher on the night. He walked Franco to make it 8-6.
Michael Conforto walked with one out in the 11th to bring up Reyes, again the potential tying run. He could not repeat his 9th inning heroics, but he did single to put runners on first and second. Asdrubal Cabrera then homered to win the game.
Mets win 9-8. Unbelievable!