• Turning point: Philadelphia's Shane Victorino, who advanced to third on Paul Lo Duca's errant throw into center, scored the tying run on Aaron Rowand's infield RBI single in the eighth.
• Hero: Howard, who finished 3-for-5, hit a 1-2 pitch deep the opposite way into the left field seats for his 35th homer of the year.
• Figure this: Tom Glavine recorded his 2,557th career strikeout, putting him 26th on the career list.
• Quotable: "We keep fighting until the last out. Not to pat ourselves on the back, but we've been doing it all year, even with the injuries we had." -- Phillies' Brett Myers
-- ESPN.com news services
Phillies 4, Mets 2 (10 innings)
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Aaron Rowand's swinging bunt took three
small hops until it trickled to a dead stop maybe 45 feet down the
third-base line, the baseball's stitches kissing the chalk.
Ryan Howard's hefty cut went about 400 feet and sent the
Phillies faithful into a frenzy.
Both hits had the same result: crucial runs that led to a
delirious victory for Philadelphia.
Howard's two-run home run off Guillermo Mota in the 10th inning
won it after Rowand's dribbler in the eighth tied the score and
helped the Phillies to a 4-2 win over the New York Mets on Tuesday
"Every game down the stretch is a playoff-atmosphere type game,
especially with the Mets in town," Howard said. "That's all you
can ask for. You just want to get the feel for it."
The Phillies are back in the thick of the NL East race, trailing
the division-leading Mets by four games after taking the first two
of a pivotal four-game series.
"This is one of those games where everyone's like, 'Oh, this is a
great game,"' Howard said. "Somebody had to lose. Fortunately for
us, we were on the other side of that."
Shane Victorino, who scored the tying run in the eighth on a
pair of fortuitous plays, opened the 10th with a bloop single off
Mota (1-1). Then Howard hit a 1-2 pitch deep the opposite way into
the left-field seats for his 35th homer and a huge win.
Brett Myers (3-5) pitched two scoreless innings.
"We keep fighting until the last out," Myers said. "Not to
pat ourselves on the back, but we've been doing it all year, even
with the injuries we had."
For seven shutout innings, the Mets were stymied by 300-game
winner Tom Glavine. But not until Glavine left the game with a 2-0
lead -- on a two-run shot from Carlos Delgado -- would the
highest-scoring offense in the NL wake up.
Taking a normal hack, Rowand hit a dribbler that hugged the line
to score Victorino and tie the game.
Jayson Werth followed with a broken-bat single -- the splintered
wood flew one way into the stands, Werth went the other down the
line -- and beat the throw on the infield grounder. Pinch-hitter
Greg Dobbs walked to load the bases, but Chris Coste was retired to
end the rally.
"It seemed like they didn't get the ball out of the infield and
got some fortunate hits," Mets manager Willie Randolph said.
Glavine struck out Werth in the second inning, ending the right
fielder's streak of hits in nine straight at-bats. Werth fell one
shy of the team record set in 1897 by Ed Delahanty.
Delgado gave the Mets a 2-0 lead with his two-run shot off Adam
Eaton in the second. Delgado knocked a full-count pitch into the
second deck for his 19th homer this season and No. 426 of his
career, tying him with Billy Williams for 38th place on the career
"We've got to win at least one more, but the series hasn't
started out like we wanted it to," Glavine said.
Making his first start since Aug. 11 because of a sore right
shoulder, Eaton went 5 2/3 innings. He still hasn't won since July
20th and has pitched beyond the sixth inning only once in his last
Eaton gave up five hits and lowered his 6.36 ERA -- the highest
among starters in the majors -- to 6.23.
Mets RF Endy Chavez was activated from the DL and batted
eighth. He went 0-for-4. ... RHP Brian Lawrence (1-2) was sent to
Triple-A New Orleans to make room for Chavez. ... Glavine recorded
his 2,557th career strikeout, putting him 26th on the career list.
... Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel said injured LHP Cole
Hamels looked good during a bullpen session on Tuesday and should
be ready to pitch in this weekend's series, probably Sunday, at
Florida. ... After Eaton hit Carlos Beltran with a pitch in the
sixth, plate umpire Joe West warned both benches. ... The Phillies
designated RHP John Ennis for assignment.
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