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MLB: New York Mets 5, Philadelphia 2

May 7, 2012 at 10:39 PM   |   Comments

PHILADELPHIA, May 7 (UPI) -- Jordany Valdespin socked a pinch-hit, three-run homer in the ninth inning Monday, powering the New York Mets past Philadelphia 5-2.

With the score tied 2-2 with one out in the ninth, Ike Davis drew a walk from Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon (0-1), and one out later went to third on a double by Mike Nickeas.

That set the stage for Valdespin, who was recalled from Class AAA Buffalo to replace the injured Ruben Tejada before the game. He responded with his first major-league hit -- a three-run blast to put the Mets ahead.

Frank Francisco nailed down the win with a 1-2-3 bottom of the ninth for his eighth save. The victory went to Tyler Byrdak (1-0), who got the final out in the eighth.

The Mets won their third straight and took the opener of a three-game series at Citizens Bank Park.

Phillies starter Roy Halladay yielded two runs on five hits over seven innings, striking out seven.

John Mayberry and Placido Polanco got RBIs for the Phillies, who lost for the fourth time in six games.

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