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PHILADELPHIA -- With each clutch hit, Fernando Tatis shows he's more than just another castoff hanging onto his major league career.
Jayson Werth hit a two-run shot off Mets closer Billy Wagner with two outs in the ninth to send the game into extra innings after it was delayed 2 hours, 50 minutes because of heavy rain in the bottom of the eighth.
But the Mets avoided another devastating loss in a season filled with them when Tatis connected off Chad Durbin (2-2) with one out in the 12th for his second homer of the season.
Tatis, who hit 34 homers in 1999 for St. Louis, spent two years out of baseball in 2004-05 and had a hard time finding a job. But he's had a knack for getting key hits since joining the Mets. Tatis delivered a pair of game-winning hits in the same week in late May.
"It's a great feeling," he said. "We've just got to continue to play the way the we're playing right now. It's a great feeling for me to come into a situation like this and winning the game. It's amazing."
Joe Smith (1-1) pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings to earn the win.
The Mets have won two in a row in a big series against the NL East-leading Phillies. They trail Philadelphia by 3½ games with a chance to move closer in the finale Monday night.
New York was one strike away from winning when Werth drove a 1-2 pitch from Wagner into the left-center field seats to tie it at 2. Wagner, named to the All-Star team for the sixth time in his career earlier in the day, has six blown saves in 25 chances.
"I've blown enough of them and been an All-Star," Wagner said. "The biggest part to me is we came back, the guys picked me up and we won. That's going to happen. I'd like to bounce that slider, but I hung it, Jayson hit it, but we came back and won."
Wagner was sitting in the clubhouse watching Tatis' at-bat on television when outfielder Ryan Church came up to him and predicted the shot.
"He said, 'Don't worry about it. Tatis is going to hit one out here anyway,"' Wagner said.
Mets starter Oliver Perez allowed four hits, struck out six and walked two in seven innings.
Trailing 1-0, the Phillies had two runners on with one out and Ryan Howard at the plate against Pedro Feliciano when rain came. By the time it resumed, only a fraction of the sellout crowd remained and most of the Mets fans were gone.
After the long delay, Feliciano fanned Howard on three pitches. Aaron Heilman replaced Feliciano and walked Pat Burrell to load the bases. But he retired Pedro Feliz on a bouncer to the mound to end the inning.
Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick allowed one run and eight hits in six innings.
"Kendrick kept us in the game," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "He did a good job like he always does."
Carlos Beltran lined a 3-2 pitch off Kendrick into the right-field seats in the third to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. Beltran was in a 2-for-21 slump before he connected for his 13th homer.
Beltran's two-out RBI single off Brad Lidge in the ninth gave the Mets a 2-0 lead that Wagner couldn't protect.
Both starters threw a lot of pitches and worked out of trouble much of the game. The Phillies had runners on second and third with one out in the first, but Howard struck out and Burrell fouled out.
Mets right fielder Endy Chavez made a sensational, leaping catch sprinting toward the right-field corner to rob Carlos Ruiz of extra bases and save a run in the second. An appreciative Perez walked off the mound, pointed to Chavez and tipped his cap.
|Joe Smith pitches 2 1/3 scoreless innings to end the game and give the Mets bullpen a big lift. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|New York Mets|
|Jose Reyes, SS||6||1||3||0||0||0||4||.297|
|Endy Chavez, RF||5||0||2||0||0||0||3||.260|
|David Wright, 3B||6||0||1||0||0||2||2||.286|
|Carlos Beltran, CF||6||1||3||2||0||0||3||.264|
|Carlos Delgado, 1B||5||1||1||0||1||2||2||.237|
|Damion Easley, 2B||4||0||1||0||1||0||2||.286|
|Marlon Anderson, LF||2||0||0||0||1||0||2||.194|
|a- Fernando Tatis, PH-LF||3||1||1||2||0||1||0||.269|
|Brian Schneider, C||5||0||2||0||1||1||0||.262|
|Oliver Perez, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||3||.167|
|b- Chris Aguila, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.167|
|Duaner Sanchez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Pedro Feliciano, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Aaron Heilman, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Billy Wagner, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Argenis Reyes, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.000|
|Scott Schoeneweis, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Joe Smith, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|a-grounded out for Anderson in the 8th|
|b-walked for Perez in the 8th|
|c-struck out for Wagner in the 10th|
|2B - Jose Reyes (22, Kendrick)|
|HR - Carlos Beltran (13, Kendrick), Fernando Tatis (2, Durbin)|
|SH - Endy Chavez (6), Damion Easley (2), Oliver Perez (6)|
|RBI - Carlos Beltran 2 (58), Fernando Tatis 2 (13)|
|2-OUT RBI - Carlos Beltran 2 (19)|
|SB - Jose Reyes 2 (31, 2nd base off Kendrick/Ruiz, 2nd base off Lidge/Ruiz), Carlos Beltran 2 (14, 2nd base off Kendrick/Ruiz, 3rd base off Kendrick/Ruiz)|
|PK - Chris Aguila (1, Romero)|
|Team LOB - 14|
|DP - Reyes-Easley-Delgado|
|E - Marlon Anderson (2, Dropped fly), Duaner Sanchez (1, Misplayed grounder)|
|New York Mets|
|Duaner Sanchez (H,14)||0.1||0||0||0||1||0||0||3.82|
|Pedro Feliciano (H,10)||0.1||0||0||0||0||1||0||2.88|
|Aaron Heilman (H,9)||0.1||0||0||0||1||0||0||4.63|
|Billy Wagner (BS,6)||1||3||2||2||0||1||1||2.31|
|Joe Smith (W,1-1)||2.1||1||0||0||0||0||0||3.22|
|WP - Oliver Perez (7)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Oliver Perez 110-71, Duaner Sanchez 12-8, Pedro Feliciano 3-3, Aaron Heilman 11-5, Billy Wagner 22-15, Scott Schoeneweis 12-10, Joe Smith 33-21|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Oliver Perez 3-12, Duaner Sanchez 1-1, Aaron Heilman 1-0, Billy Wagner 1-1, Joe Smith 4-3|
|Batters Faced - Oliver Perez 27, Duaner Sanchez 3, Pedro Feliciano 1, Aaron Heilman 2, Billy Wagner 6, Scott Schoeneweis 4, Joe Smith 8|
|Jayson Werth, RF-LF^CF||4||1||1||2||2||0||1||.276|
|Chase Utley, 2B||6||0||1||0||0||0||3||.294|
|Jimmy Rollins, SS||5||0||2||0||1||0||2||.270|
|Ryan Howard, 1B||6||0||1||0||0||4||5||.223|
|Pat Burrell, LF||3||0||1||0||1||0||3||.279|
|Geoff Jenkins, PR-RF||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.233|
|Pedro Feliz, 3B||6||0||1||0||0||1||6||.262|
|Shane Victorino, CF||5||1||2||0||0||0||2||.268|
|Chad Durbin, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.167|
|Carlos Ruiz, C||5||0||1||0||0||1||4||.207|
|Kyle Kendrick, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||2||.121|
|Clay Condrey, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Chris Coste, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.300|
|J.C. Romero, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brad Lidge, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Eric Bruntlett, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.235|
|Ryan Madson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Greg Dobbs, LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.324|
|a-flied out for Condrey in the 7th|
|b-struck out for Lidge in the 9th|
|HR - Jayson Werth (12, Wagner)|
|RBI - Jayson Werth 2 (35)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jayson Werth 2 (11)|
|SB - Jayson Werth (11, 2nd base off Perez/Schneider), Chase Utley (9, 2nd base off Sanchez/Schneider), Jimmy Rollins 2 (21, 2nd base off Perez/Schneider, 2nd base off Smith/Schneider)|
|Team LOB - 13|
|E - Carlos Ruiz (4, Throwing)|
|Chad Durbin (L,2-2)||2||2||2||2||1||3||1||1.80|
|Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Kendrick 112-60, Clay Condrey 14-10, J.C. Romero 17-9, Brad Lidge 19-11, Ryan Madson 20-12, Chad Durbin 37-23|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Kendrick 9-7, Clay Condrey 1-2, J.C. Romero 2-0, Brad Lidge 1-0, Chad Durbin 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Kyle Kendrick 29, Clay Condrey 4, J.C. Romero 3, Brad Lidge 5, Ryan Madson 4, Chad Durbin 9|
|Attendance - 45203|
|Game Time - 4:25|
|Temperature - 79|
|Umpires - Home - Bill Hohn, First Base - Dale Scott, Second Base - Ron Kulpa, Third Base - Dan Iassogna|