WHAT IT MEANS: If the rallying cry for the Mets is to finish in third place in the NL East, they gained ground on the current occupant Tuesday night.
Ike Davis' 10th-inning double against B.J. Rosenberg plated David Wright with the tiebreaking run in what became a four-run frame as the Mets rallied to beat Philadelphia, 9-5, at Citizens Bank Park. Five Mets relievers combined to toss 5 2/3 scoreless innings -- capped by a pair from Bobby Parnell.
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The Mets (60-69) closed to within a game of Philadelphia (61-68) for third place in the NL East. The Mets lead the season series, 9-4.
The major damage against Young came on a first-inning grand slam by Ryan Howard. During that 31-pitch inning, Young walked leadoff batter Jimmy Rollins, hit No. 2 batter Kevin Frandsen with an 0-2 pitch, then also walked Utley to set up Howard's at-bat.
Howard's third career slam against the Mets matched the most ever against the Amazin's. He joined Albert Pujols, Willie McCovey and Mike Schmidt, according to ESPN Stats & Information. It had been 16 months since Howard's last grand slam, which also happened to occur against the Mets -- against Dillon Gee on April 29, 2011.
The Mets had gone 76 innings without a multi-run inning before Baxter's two-run shot. Their last multi-run frame had come Aug. 18, via a two-run homer by Davis against Edwin Jackson that accounted for the lone scoring in a win at Washington.
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SHOULDERING LOAD: A day after an MRI on his right shoulder revealed nothing alarming, Daniel Murphy went 3-for-5. Murphy had been 3-for-30 in his previous 10 games.
WRIGHT STUFF: Wright had a pair of RBIs, including a sacrifice fly in the fifth that evened the score at 4.