PHILADELPHIA (AP)—The New York Mets celebrated a victory on a night when fans in the ballpark were celebrating historic news.
Ronny Paulino(notes) had a career-high five hits in his first start for the Mets, including a go-ahead double in the 14th inning, and New York beat the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 Sunday night after news of Osama bin Laden’s death had fans at Citizens Bank Park chanting “U-S-A! U-S-A!”
The “U-S-A!” chants started in the top of the ninth inning of the game and picked up in intensity throughout the inning. People could be spotted all over the ballpark checking their phones as news was breaking that the United States had killed the mastermind behind the Sept. 11 attacks.
“Probably a night I will never forget,” Mets starter Chris Young said. “I was in the training room when I heard the announcement. I got chills hearing that crowd. It’s a historic night and a great victory for the United States.”
Young pitched seven scoreless innings, but was long gone by the time David Wright(notes) led off the 14th with a single to left and went to second on Jason Bay’s(notes) one-out single to center. After Ike Davis(notes) flew out to the warning track in center, Paulino laced a double to left to score Wright and put New York up 2-1.
“I was just trying to put the ball in play,” Paulino said.
Paulino finished 5 for 7 in his second game of the season for New York. He was placed on the DL on April 10 with anemia after missing the first eight games while serving the remainder of a 50-game suspension for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.
“That’s pretty impressive, five hits in his first full game,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “And he handled the pitchers very well.”
It was the first loss in a series finale this season for Philadelphia, which had been 8-0 in such games. The Phillies also managed just seven hits.
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel added: “There were opportunities for us to win the game, but we just couldn’t get a hit.”
The Mets got an outstanding start by Young, who cruised through six innings and wiggled out of a jam in the seventh. He left after seven innings, giving up just two hits while striking out seven and walking three.
“It’s a big win for us,” Collins said. “Chris was outstanding and the bullpen did a great job.”
The Phillies loaded the bases without a hit in the seventh thanks to a pair of walks and a hit batter. But Brian Schneider(notes) struck out on a check swing to end the threat. Manuel was ejected for arguing by third-base umpire Lance Barksdale, who made the strike call on Schneider.
It was Manuel’s first ejection of the season.
For Ibanez, it completed an 0-for-4 night that stretched his slump to 0 for 34.
Dating back to last season, Young is 3-0 with a 1.43 ERA in his last eight starts and he has not allowed more than one earned run in seven of the starts.
“They definitely made me work a lot,” Lee said.
Polanco’s fourth-inning single extended his hitting streak to 11 games. He is batting .429 (18 for 42) during the streak.
NOTES: The Phillies dropped to 72-27 on Sundays at Citizens Bank Park since it opened in 2004. … Roy Oswalt(notes) is scheduled to return to the Phillies on Thursday and could start on Saturday. The right-hander left the Phillies last Wednesday to be with his family in tornado-ravaged Mississippi. … LHP Cole Hamels(notes) will start Tuesday in place of Oswalt. … Philadelphia RF Domonic Brown(notes), who broke his right hamate bone in spring training, will begin his rehab assignment in Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Monday. … The Mets faced former Cy Young winners, in Roy Halladay(notes) and Lee, on consecutive nights and it will be three in four games when New York sees San Francisco’s Tim Lincecum(notes) on Wednesday.