PHILADELPHIA -- Shortstop Wilfredo Tovar had a memorable major league debut.
Sixteen days after his last game, which came in the first round of the Eastern League playoffs with Double-A Binghamton, Tovar’s seventh-inning single against Cliff Lee with two runners in scoring position plated the tying run and marked Tovar's first hit in the big leagues.
The go-ahead run also scored on the play, when left fielder Domonic Brown mishandled the ball.
The Mets added a run-scoring double from Juan Lagares in the eighth, then held on to beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 4-3, Sunday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park to sweep the weekend series. Philadelphia scored a run in the bottom half against Vic Black, but the ex-Pirate stranded the tying run at third base by striking out Cody Asche looking.
The Mets pulled into a third-place tie with Philadelphia in the NL East at 71-84. The Amazin’s won the season series, 10-9.
Tovar finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and steal and grounded into a double play in his major league debut.
The Mets had fallen behind, 2-1, a half-inning before Tovar’s single. Right fielder Andrew Brown lost Jimmy Rollins’ fly ball in the sun for a leadoff double. Domonic Brown eventually produced a run-scoring single.
Carlos Torres limited Philadelphia to two runs in six innings while tossing 95 pitches.
Mariano who? LaTroy Hawkins produced his 100th career save with a scoreless ninth, despite surrendering a leadoff single and allowing the tying run to reach second base with one out. The 40-year-old Hawkins now has 12 saves this season, his most since posting 25 with the Chicago Cubs in 2004.
Hawkins becomes the 24th active pitcher with 100 saves. He ranks 20th on the all-time games pitched list at 941. Next up: Rollie Fingers, at 944.
What’s next: The Mets attempt to influence a playoff race. In their final road series of 2013, the Mets open a three-game set Monday in Cincinnati. Aaron Harang (5-12, 5.69 ERA), moving up a day to replace the shut down Zack Wheeler, opposes Johnny Cueto (5-2, 3.02) in the 7:10 p.m. opener.
Harang spent eight seasons with the Reds. He posted consecutive 16-win seasons in 2006 and ’07. Harang pitched there for the first time in his career as a visitor on July 5 with Seattle, allowing two runs in six innings.