- Mike Mazzeo, ESPN New York Writer
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WHAT IT MEANS: Even Yankees fans had to enjoy this -- right?
Jonathan Papelbon failed to protect a one-run lead in the ninth inning, and the Mets came back to beat the Phillies 6-5 on Thursday night at Citi Field.
Papelbon surrendered a leadoff double to Ike Davis, who was pinch run for by Ronny Cedeno. Cedeno advanced to third on Josh Thole's sacrifice bunt. Kirk Nieuwenhuis struck out, then Jordany Valdespin -- who took Papelbon deep for a pinch-hit three-run homer May 7 in Philadelphia -- was hit by a pitch. Valdespin stole second, and then Ruben Tejada walked to load the bases.
Daniel Murphy lined a single off Papelbon to tie the game, and then David Wright blooped a single into right field for the game winner. Wright finished with three hits -- including a homer -- and four RBIs.
The Mets’ comeback took R.A. Dickey off the hook. Dickey gave up a career-high-tying 11 hits -- along with five runs -- in seven innings but got a no-decision. The 37-year-old knuckleballer walked one and struck out seven.
Dickey also gave up 11 hits May 14, 2011, in Houston. He has surrendered five or more runs in only three of his starts this season (June 24 vs. Yankees, five; April 18 in Atlanta, eight, his only other loss).
Shane Victorino's two-out RBI single in the first marked the first time Dickey has allowed an earned run in the opening frame of a game since Sept. 2, 2011, versus the Nationals, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
Scott Hairston hit his fifth career homer off Cole Hamels leading off the second. Nine of Hairston’s 12 homers this season have come against lefties. Hairston is 11-for-28 (.393) lifetime versus Hamels.
Jimmy Rollins singled, doubled, tripled and walked in four at-bats against Dickey. The shortstop’s sixth-inning, one-out three-bagger tied the game at 4, and he proceeded to score on Juan Pierre's safety squeeze to put Philadelphia on top 5-4.
Hairston gunned down Mike Fontenot by a mile in the eighth as he tried to score on a one-out single by pinch hitter Chase Utley. Third-base coach Juan Samuel should have never sent Fontenot, who tried unsuccessfully to barrel through Josh Thole.
Pedro Beato made his 2012 debut, pitching a third of an inning in the eighth.
UP NEXT: Mets versus Cubs, Friday night in Queens: Johan Santana (6-4, 2.76 ERA) opposes Travis Wood (3-3, 3.05).
WHAT IT MEANS: Even Yankees fans had to enjoy this -- right? Jonathan Papelbon failed to protect a one-run lead in the ninth inning, and the Mets came back to beat the Phillies 6-5 on Thursday night at Citi Field.