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PHILADELPHIA -- Kevin Frandsen hit a leadoff homer in the ninth inning Saturday afternoon as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the New York Mets 8-7.

It was the first career walk-off homer for Frandsen, who hit a 1-0 pitch from Carlos Torres (0-1) into the left-field seats, lifting the Phillies on a day when they squandered a 7-1 lead.

The Mets tied it by scoring twice in the ninth. Jordany Valdespin hit a one-out solo homer off Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon. David Wright then reached on an error, and one out later ran as Daniel Murphy grounded a single through the left side of the infield.

Wright came all the way around to score. Murphy was credited with an RBI single, even though Philadelphia centerfielder Ben Revere bobbled the ball.

It was the third blown save in four opportunities this week for Papelbon, who had converted his first 13 of the season. He did earn the victory, improving his record to 2-0.

Ryan Howard went 3-for-4 with two homers and four RBI for the Phillies.

Howard, batting .439 over his last 11 games, had a two-run single in the first inning and solo homers in the fourth and fifth as the Phillies built a 7-1 lead and hung on. It was his first multi-homer game of the season, and the 29th of his career.

Both homers came off Mets starter Dillon Gee (5-8), giving Howard four off the New York right-hander this season. Howard, who now has 10 homers this year, has hit six career homers off Gee and is 7-for-15 against him in all.

Michael Young hit the first of back-to-back homers with Howard in the fifth. It was the fourth of the season for Young, and the seventh time this year the Phillies have blasted consecutive homers.

Revere, who extended his hitting streak to 12 games, singled home a run in the fourth inning for the Phillies. He also singled and stole second and third in the sixth, continuing home after the second of those thefts on an errant throw by Mets catcher John Buck to make it 7-1.

Revere stole three bases in all, equaling his career high and giving him 20 steals in 24 attempts this season.

Phillies starter Jonathan Pettibone pitched six innings and allowed one run on five hits before departing with lower-back tightness on the right side. Pettibone struck out one and walked one.

Valdespin also drove in runs with grounders in the third and seventh, the latter as part of a four-run inning. Eric Young Jr. had the inning's big blow, a two-run double, while Omar Quintanilla, who went 3-for-4, added an RBI single.

Jake Diekman, the Phils' third pitcher of the inning, struck out Murphy with two men aboard to end the threat. Antonio Bastardo worked a scoreless eighth.

Gee lasted five innings, allowing six runs (five earned) on eight hits. He struck out four and didn't walk a batter.

NOTES: Revere went 2-for-4 and is hitting .407 during his streak, and .327 over his last 43 games. ... Young went 2-for-4 and over his last 15 games is hitting .381. ... Quintanilla went 3-for-4 for the Mets, and Young was 2-for-5. ... Earlier in the day the Phillies placed RHP Mike Adams on the disabled list with biceps tendinitis and selected the contract of RHP J.C. Ramirez from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. INF Michael Martinez was also designated for assignment. ... Mets 1B Ike Davis, recently optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas, hit two homers for the second straight day Friday.
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