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Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Mets 9, Phillies 5 (10)

By Adam Rubin



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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.

Kelly Shoppach's two-out RBI double in the eighth against Antonio Bastardo had evened the score at 5. Shoppach contributed a two-run homer in the 10th.

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.

CHASED BY UTLEY: Chase Utley chased Chris Young with a solo homer with one out in the fifth that gave Philadelphia a 5-4 lead.

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.

DEEP THOUGHTS: Mike Baxter's two-run homer in the fourth pulled the Mets within 4-3. Baxter had last homered on Sept. 28, 2011, against Cincinnati's Edinson Volquez.

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.

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.

WHAT'S NEXT: Matt Harvey (2-3, 2.75) makes his seventh major league start. He opposes left-hander Cole Hamels (14-6, 2.99 ERA) in Wednesday's 7:05 p.m. game.