The Phillies trailed 6-1 after five innings and had one hit, a first-inning home run by Chase Utley. It was a story familiar to fans this season.
But in the final four innings, the rally was on and the deficit was gone in the ninth when Marlon Byrd tied the game with a single. Three batters later, Utley was walked with two outs to get to Ryan Howard, just like on Tuesday night against the Astros.
Howard ended the game with a walk-off single, giving the Phillies a 7-6 come-from-behind win over the Mets on Sunday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park.
The Mets struck early and piled on to pad the lead. In the first, David Wright hit an RBI single to plate Curtis Granderson. Utley knotted the score in the first with his 11th home run of the season.
The Mets regained the lead in the second on a sacrifice fly by Daniel Murphy. Two runs scored in the fourth on an RBI triple by Juan Lagares. The Mets also added two runs in the fifth on back-to-back home runs by Lucas Duda and Travis d’Arnaud.
Starter Kyle Kendrick was done after five innings, allowing six runs – five earned – on 10 hits. He walked three and struck out one.
The Phillies started to trim the lead from there. In the sixth, Utley got the Phillies second hit of the game, hitting a one-out single. Two batters later, Domonic Brown drove in a pair with an RBI double.
In the seventh, Utley delivered his third hit of the game, driving in two more runs with a two-out, two-run RBI triple. That put Utley a double shy of the cycle.
Mario Hollands worked two scoreless innings in relief and Jake Diekman held the deficit to one through the eighth. In the ninth, Ken Giles worked a scoreless inning as well to cap another strong day by the bullpen.
In the ninth, Cody Asche led off with a double putting the tying run in scoring position. He scored on Byrd’s RBI single to even the score. Byrd stole second with Utley at the plate with two outs. At that point, the Mets walked Utley intentionally to get to Howard.
Howard worked the count full before driving a pitch down the right-field line fair to win the game. It was Howard’s third game-winning hit of the week. Howard had the walk-off single in Tuesday night’s 15-inning win over the Astros and completed an eighth-inning rally on Thursday with a go-ahead grand slam.
Utley shined at the plate for the Phillies, going 3-for-4 and getting three of the team’s nine total hits. Giles was the pitcher of record and earned his first major-league win.
The Phillies snapped a five-game losing streak at home against the Mets and improved to 53-64 with the win.
The series finale is on Monday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. David Buchanan gets the start against Jon Niese.
L: Jenrry Mejia (5-5)