Brignac's single in 14th lifts Phils over Mets 6-5

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 31, 2014 at 12:37 am •  Published: May 31, 2014
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Reid Brignac's first start for the Philadelphia Phillies ended with him being mobbed by his teammates.

Brignac's RBI single in the bottom of the 14th inning gave the Phillies a 6-5 win over the New York Mets on Friday night.

Domonic Brown hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs for the Phillies, who snapped the Mets' six-game winning streak at Citizens Bank Park, dating to last season.

Marlon Byrd reached second when right fielder Chris Young dropped his fly ball for an error leading off the 14th. Carlos Ruiz followed with a single to center off Jenrry Mejia (4-2) that sent Byrd to third. After pinch-hitter Cesar Hernandez was intentionally walked, Brignac drove an opposite-field shot that one-hopped the wall in left.

Brignac rounded first base and kept running into shallow right field before he was swarmed by teammates.

"I was just messing around, trying to make them catch me," Brignac said. "It felt great coming through."

Brignac started at third base for Cody Asche, who is on the disabled list. Hernandez had played third since Asche got hurt.

"That was a big swing," manager Ryne Sandberg said.

Young refused to blame the wind for his error, even though it was blowing in hard by the end of the game.

"I was looking dead at it when it was coming down," Young said. "I can't explain it. I have no idea how I dropped a routine fly ball, but it happened."

Justin De Fratus (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings to earn the win. Phillies starter A.J. Burnett had a season-high 11 strikeouts, but allowed five runs and five hits in seven innings. He had to pitch out of trouble often because of six walks.

"I'm missing here and there, but six is a lot," Burnett said. "I have some work to do."

Mets rookie Rafael Montero lasted just 3 2-3 innings, allowing four runs — three earned — and seven hits in the shortest of his four career starts. Coming off a 10-strikeout performance last Sunday against Arizona, Montero didn't fan any of Philadelphia's strikeout-prone batters. The Phillies struck out 15 times in a 4-1 loss to the Mets on Thursday night.