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Duda lifts Mets past Phils with two-run HR in 11th

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PHILADELPHIA -- Yet another extra-inning game was fine by the New York Mets, provided they won.

Lucas Duda hit a two-run homer with two outs in the 11th, lifting the Mets over the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3 Sunday in the third straight meeting between the teams to run long.

The Mets and Phillies split a pair of 14-inning games the previous two days, combining to play nearly 11 hours.

Duda came off the bench in the bottom of the 10th at first base, then connected in the 11th to help the Mets win for the fifth time in six games.

''We are getting tired, (but) they are great to win,'' Mets manager Terry Collins said. ''They lift the spirits up and it does get the energy up, even though you're tired physically. You know you can win these kinds of games.''

Ryan Howard hit an early two-run homer for the Phillies. Marlon Byrd hit a solo shot in the 11th.

''In close games, extra-inning games, not to be able to just get the job done is very frustrating,'' Philadelphia manager Ryne Sandberg said.

Josh Edgin (1-0) struck out the side in the 10th. Jenrry Mejia held on for his sixth save in as many chances.

Phillippe Aumont (0-1), called up prior to the game to provide some help to the tired Philadelphia bullpen, got the first two outs of the 11th. After a walk to Travis d'Arnaud, Duda hit his eighth home run deep into the seats in left-center field.

''I was lucky enough to square a ball up,'' Duda said. ''I was just trying to hit it hard.''

Duda did get a respite from not starting, but said all of the innings can take a toll.

''It's both physically and mentally draining,'' he said. ''Just continue to go. They have to play, too.''

The teams conclude their rare five-game series on Monday night. Adding Sunday's time of 3 hours, 29 minutes, the first four games have taken 17 hours, 29 minutes over 48 innings, and the teams have employed 46 pitchers.

Aumont was one of three relievers promoted by the teams from the minors Sunday. The Phillies also added left-hander Cesar Jimenez while the Mets brought up left-hander Dana Eveland Triple-A.

Although neither figured into the decision, each team's starter gave the bullpen some rest. Cole Hamels went seven strong innings for the Phillies, allowing one earned run and six hits. He struck out eight and walked four, though three were intentional.

Jonathon Niese tossed eight innings and gave up two runs. His lone mistake came against Howard, who had been 3 for 22 with 10 strikeouts before homering in the fourth for a 2-1 lead.

Knowing the Mets' bullpen was thin, Niese's game plan was to attack the strike zone early and often.

''I was going to pound the zone and they were going to hit me hard early or they were going to get outs early,'' Niese said. ''I wasn't trying to trick guys out there. I wouldn't say it was a burden, but I knew it was important [to go deep in the game] because I knew our bullpen was getting beat up lately.''

Niese departed after throwing 91 pitches and said he could have gone two more innings if needed.

Collins appreciated the outing by his starter.

''Tremendous effort by a lot of people starting with Niese,'' he said. ''We needed somebody to go that deep in the game.''

New York came back with a run in the sixth on Curtis Granderson's sacrifice fly to tie it at 2.

The Mets had taken a 1-0 lead in the fourth on Chris Young's sacrifice fly that scored David Wright. Third baseman Reid Brignac made an over-the-shoulder catch in foul territory, but his strong throw wasn't in time.

Notes

Jimenez pitched a scoreless eighth. ... Mets CF Juan Lagares left in the 10th due to right ribcage pain. He was a late scratch from the lineup on Saturday due to the same injury. Collins said Lagares would return to New York Sunday night to be evaluated. ... To make room for Eveland, New York sent OF Matt den Dekker to Triple-A. ... The Phillies placed Jeff Manship on the 15-day DL with a right quad strain and sent OF-1B Darin Ruf to Triple-A. They also designated left-hander Jeremy Horst for assignment. ... The series concludes at 7:05 Monday with Mets RHP Bartolo Colon (4-5, 4.73) opposing Phillies RHP Roberto Hernandez (2-2, 3.76).

 
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Lucas Duda smashes a go-ahead two-run blast in the 11th to help the Mets win the latest extra-inning contest against the Phils. (USATSI)
Lucas Duda smashes a go-ahead two-run blast in the 11th to help the Mets win the latest extra-inning contest against the Phils. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
New York

L. Duda
AB 1
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Philadelphia

R. Howard
AB 5
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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New York (N.L.) Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Juan Lagares, CF5010010 .288
   Josh Edgin, P1000010 .000
   Jenrry Mejia, P0000000 .000
Daniel Murphy, 2B5000021 .291
David Wright, 3B4110111 .293
Eric Campbell, 1B-LF5120023 .294
Chris Young, LF-CF4011022 .202
Curtis Granderson, RF3011120 .200
Ruben Tejada, SS5010001 .226
Travis d'Arnaud, C2100302 .193
Jonathon Niese, P3000025 .059
   a-Bobby Abreu, PH1000000 .314
   Scott Rice, P0000000 .000
   Vic Black, P0000000 .000
   Lucas Duda, 1B1112000 .241
Totals39484513  
a-flied out for Niese in the 9th
Batting
2B - David Wright (13, Hamels), Eric Campbell (3, Hamels)
HR - Lucas Duda (8, Aumont)
SF - Chris Young (1), Curtis Granderson (2)
RBI - Chris Young (14), Curtis Granderson (24), Lucas Duda 2 (26)
2-OUT RBI - Lucas Duda 2 (8)
SB - Juan Lagares (1, 2nd base off Hamels/Ruiz)
CS - Ruben Tejada (1, 2nd base by Jimenez/Ruiz)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Chris Young 1
DP - Tejada-Murphy-Campbell
New York (N.L.) Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jonathon Niese 8822161 2.69
Scott Rice 0.1000000 4.97
Vic Black 0.2000000 0.00
Josh Edgin (W,1-0) 1000030 1.59
Jenrry Mejia (S,6) 1111001 4.07
Pitches-Strikes - Jonathon Niese 91-64, Scott Rice 5-3, Vic Black 11-7, Josh Edgin 12-9, Jenrry Mejia 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jonathon Niese 8-8, Scott Rice 1-0, Vic Black 1-1, Jenrry Mejia 1-2
Batters Faced - Jonathon Niese 31, Scott Rice 1, Vic Black 2, Josh Edgin 3, Jenrry Mejia 4
Philadelphia Phillies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ben Revere, CF4010111 .284
   Phillippe Aumont, P0000000 .000
Jimmy Rollins, SS5010002 .251
Marlon Byrd, RF5111031 .278
Carlos Ruiz, C5120011 .290
Ryan Howard, 1B5112011 .229
John Mayberry Jr., LF4000001 .224
Cesar Hernandez, 2B4010000 .156
Reid Brignac, 3B3000020 .167
Cole Hamels, P2010000 .250
   a-Domonic Brown, PH1010001 .205
   Cesar Jimenez, P0000000 .000
   Jonathan Papelbon, P0000000 .000
   Justin De Fratus, P0000000 .000
   b-Tony Gwynn Jr., PH-CF1000010 .169
Totals3939319  
a-singled for Hamels in the 7th
b-struck out for De Fratus in the 10th
Batting
2B - Carlos Ruiz (13, Niese)
HR - Marlon Byrd (8, Mejia), Ryan Howard (11, Niese)
SH - Reid Brignac (1)
RBI - Marlon Byrd (32), Ryan Howard 2 (39)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Brignac-Hernandez-Howard
E - Reid Brignac (1, Misplayed grounder), Jimmy Rollins (4, Throwing)
Philadelphia Phillies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Cole Hamels 7621480 4.01
Cesar Jimenez 1100010 0.00
Jonathan Papelbon 1000010 1.61
Justin De Fratus 1000010 3.48
Phillippe Aumont (L,0-1) 1122121 18.00
IBB - d'Arnaud by Cole Hamels
Pitches-Strikes - Cole Hamels 125-77, Cesar Jimenez 16-11, Jonathan Papelbon 15-10, Justin De Fratus 12-9, Phillippe Aumont 18-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cole Hamels 7-7, Justin De Fratus 1-1
Batters Faced - Cole Hamels 32, Cesar Jimenez 3, Jonathan Papelbon 3, Justin De Fratus 3, Phillippe Aumont 5
Game Information
Attendance - 36039
Game Time - 3:29
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Brian O'Nora, First Base - Doug Eddings, Second Base - Cory Blaser, Third Base - Marvin Hudson