NEW YORK -- They may not be very good, but they don’t roll over.
Trailing by three runs in the bottom of the ninth, and with Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon unavailable, the Mets got a two-run homer from Daniel Murphy against Antonio Bastardo and a run-scoring groundout from Juan Lagares against Roberto Hernandez to send the game to extra innings.
The Mets ultimately beat the Phillies, 5-4, in 11 innings on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field to snap a five-game losing streak and avoid getting swept in a second straight series.
The Mets improved to 17-19.
The Mets’ bats had been moribund in the clutch entering the ninth inning, including being 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position.
Seemingly poised for a big first inning against Cole Hamels after David Wright’s RBI single staked the Mets to a 1-0 lead and placed runners on the corners with none out, the Amazin’s instead failed to plate another run. Chris Young struck out, Eric Campbell grounded back to the pitcher and Lagares struck out.
In the sixth, with two runners in scoring position and two outs, Curtis Granderson pinch-hit for Niese and struck out.
In the seventh, after a one-out double by Murphy, Hamels struck out Wright looking and, with pitch No. 133, coaxed a flyout to center field from Chris Young.
In the eighth, pinch hitter Travis d’Arnaud struck out to strand two on base.
The Mets are 4-for-33 with the bases loaded this season. Mets pitchers are 0-for-63, extending their MLB record to open a season.
The Phillies had broken a 1-all tie in the fourth by putting the ball in play. Campbell, in his first big-league start, fielded Domonic Brown’s grounder to first base and threw home trying to catch Ryan Howard. The throw was up the third-base line, Anthony Recker missed the tag and the Phillies had the lead. Wil Nieves followed with a run-scoring groundout.
Niese’s final line: 6 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K. He threw 97 pitches (63 strikes).
Snapped: Chris Young snapped an 0-for-18 drought with a ninth-inning double. He scored the tying run.
It’s a first: Campbell produced his first major-league hit with a leadoff single in the fourth against Hamels.
What’s next: The Subway Series, beginning with two games in the Bronx.
Bartolo Colon (2-5, 5.36 ERA) is due to face Hiroki Kuroda (2-3, 4.43) in Monday’s 7:05 p.m. opener at Yankee Stadium. CC Sabathia, the originally scheduled Thursday starter for the Yankees, instead has landed on the disabled list with right-knee inflammation.