Phillies 4, Mets 2, 11 innings

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NEW YORK (AP)—Placido Polanco took a compact swing and sent an easy fly to left field.

More than enough to win a ballgame.

Polanco’s sacrifice fly scored Jason Michaels with the go-ahead run in the 11th inning Saturday, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the New York Mets 4-2 for their fifth straight victory.

“We try to make something happen, especially in extra innings,” Polanco said. “After the ninth inning, you just want to win the game, no matter how.”

Tyler Houston homered in his first game back from the disabled list and Jim Thome hit an RBI double for the Phillies.

Michaels singled with one out in the 11th off John Franco (0-1) and went to third on Marlon Byrd’s single to left.

“He’s a tough pitcher and I was hoping he would bring it up a little bit, please,” said Polanco, who also extended his hitting streak to nine games with a double and two singles.

Byrd scored an insurance run when Bobby Abreu’s two-out grounder went through the legs of rookie shortstop Jose Reyes for an error.

Jeff Duncan homered for the Mets, who have dropped six in a row—all at home—since a three-game sweep in Cincinnati last weekend.

Duncan has five hits in his first nine big league at-bats.

“He showed us some power, some speed, some bunts today. He can do a lot of things, that’s what we like about him,” Mets manager Art Howe said.

Jose Mesa (4-5) pitched two scoreless innings for the victory, escaping a two-on, one-out jam in the 10th.

With the Mets out of healthy position players, pitcher Tom Glavine stepped to the plate as a pinch-hitter for reliever Graeme Lloyd with two outs and a runner on third in the 11th. Glavine grounded out to shortstop to end the game.

Philadelphia blew a great chance to take the lead in the 10th. Thome led off with a double and went to third on a groundout. Jimmy Rollins hit a grounder to third baseman Ty Wigginton, who tagged Thome for the second out as he tried to scamper back to the bag.

Thome’s RBI double gave the Phillies a 1-0 lead in the first inning off Mets starter Jae Weong Seo.

Seo, who has lost three straight decisions since June 17, allowed seven hits and two runs in six innings with two walks and four strikeouts.

“It was a real solid outing for him,” Howe said. “The only good thing I guess is that we rallied to tie the score so he didn’t get a loss after pitching so well.”

Duncan homered off Phillies starter Brandon Duckworth in the first to tie the score at 1.

Houston put the Phillies back in front in the sixth when he hit his second homer of the season, a solo shot.

New York tied it in the eighth on Raul Gonzalez’s two-out RBI single off Turk Wendell. The hit scored Reyes, who singled, but Jeromy Burnitz was thrown out at the plate on the play.

Duckworth, winless in his last eight starts, gave up only one run on fivehits in 5 1-3 innings with two walks and five strikeouts.


The Mets activated LHP Mike Stanton from the 15-day disabled list and optioned LHP Jaime Cerda to Triple-A Norfolk. … Houston replaced 3B David Bell on the Philadelphia roster. Bell was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained lower back after Friday night’s game. … The Mets’ six straight losses matches a season high. They also lost six in a row April 9-14. … Polanco stole second base in the seventh inning and is 10-for-10 on stealattempts.

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