Minus Papelbon, Phils can't close; Mets win in 11

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 11, 2014 at 6:19 pm •  Published: May 11, 2014
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NEW YORK (AP) — Minus closer Jonathan Papelbon, the Philadelphia Phillies ran into all sorts of problems trying to protect a three-run lead with three outs to go.

The New York Mets suddenly rallied in the ninth inning to tie it against Philadelphia's improvised bullpen, then ended a five-game skid with a 5-4 win Sunday on Ruben Tejada's single in the 11th.

Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said Papelbon was sore and unavailable to pitch in a third straight game. Antonio Bastardo and Roberto Hernandez — who started Friday night — let a 4-1 edge slip away.

"It's frustrating any time we lose a ballgame," Papelbon said.

The All-Star closer said most every part of his body hurt.

"Everything. Back, legs," he said.

"The daily grind of the season," he said. "It's just kind of a product of the last couple of games."

The Phillies are off Monday. Papelbon said he felt certain he'd be OK when they host the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night.

The punchless Mets fought back in the ninth, sparked by Daniel Murphy's two-run homer.

In the 11th, Chris Young opened with an infield single, barely beating the flip from second baseman Chase Utley's glove. The Mets sent up pitcher Zack Wheeler as a pinch-hitter, and he put down a perfect sacrifice bunt that moved Young to second.

Juan Lagares drew an intentional walk and Anthony Recker loaded the bases with another infield hit stopped by diving third baseman Reid Brignac. Tejada won it with one out, hitting a sharp single to left-center against Jeff Manship (1-1).

Tejada's teammates chased him down in short right field to celebrate.

Scott Rice (1-1) got Brignac on a grounder with two runners on to finish the 11th.

Bastardo got the call to begin the ninth.

"That was in my hands," he said.

Eric Young Jr. led off with a double and Murphy followed with a home run that made it 4-3.

Chris Young ended his 0-for-18 slump by hitting a one-out double off the wall, and then Hernandez emerged from the bullpen — he threw 99 pitches in the series opener.

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