PHILADELPHIA (AP) Ronny Paulino had a career-high five hits in his first start for the Mets, including a go-ahead double in the 14th inning, and New York beat the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 Sunday night after news of Osama bin Laden’s death had fans at Citizens Bank Park chanting “U-S-A! U-S-A!”
Taylor Buchholz (1-0), one of six Mets pitchers used, pitched two scoreless innings in relief to help New York snap a three-game losing streak and salvage a game in the series.
Kyle Kendrick (1-2), one of six Philadelphia pitchers, pitched three innings and allowing four hits.
The game took 4 hours, 44 minutes.
The “U-S-A!” chants started in the top of the ninth inning of the game and picked up in intensity throughout the inning.
People could be spotted all over the ballpark checking their phones as news that the United States had killed the mastermind behind the Sept. 11 attacks was breaking.
David Wright led off the 14th with a single to left and went to second on Jason Bay’s one-out single to center. After Ike Davis flew out to the warning track in center, Paulino laced a double to left to score Wright and put New York up 2-1.
Paulino finished 5 for 7 in his second game of the season for New York. He was placed on the DL on April 10 with anemia after missing the first eight games while serving the remainder of a 50-game suspension for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.
It was the first loss in a series finale this season for Philadelphia, which had been 8-0 in such games.
The Mets took a 1-0 lead in the fifth inning on Carlos Beltran’s double that scored Wright, who had three singles.
The Mets got an outstanding start by Chris Young, who cruised through six innings and wiggled out of a jam in the seventh. He left after seven innings, giving up just two hits while striking out seven and walking three.
The Phillies loaded the bases without a hit in the seventh thanks to a pair of walks and a hit batsman. But Brian Schneider struck out on a check swing to end the threat. Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel was ejected for arguing by third-base umpire Lance Barksdale, who made the strike call on Schneider.
It was Manuel’s first ejection of the season.
The Phillies tied the game in the eighth when Ryan Howard lined a two-out single to left against left-handed reliever Tim Byrdak to score John Mayberry.
Byrdak was replaced by Francisco Rodriguez, who walked Ben Francisco to load the bases before getting Raul Ibanez to ground out to second to end the inning.
For Ibanez, it completed an 0-for-4 night that stretched his slump to 0 for 34.
Philadelphia managed just two hits off Young, a third-inning double by Schneider and a fourth-inning single by Placido Polanco.
Dating back to last season, Young is 3-0 with a 1.43 ERA in his last eight starts and he has not allowed more than one earned run in seven of the starts.
Philadelphia starter Cliff Lee gave up at least one hit in every frame and was lifted after seven innings, giving up a run on eight hits with five strikeouts and two walks.
Polanco’s fourth-inning single extended his hitting streak to 11 games. He is batting .429 (18 for 42) during the streak.
Notes: The Phillies dropped to 72-27 on Sundays at Citizens Bank Park since it opened in 2004. Roy Oswalt is scheduled to return to the Phillies on Thursday and could start on Saturday. The right-hander left the Phillies last Wednesday to be with his family in tornado-ravaged Mississippi. Left-hander Cole Hamels will start Tuesday in place of Oswalt. Philadelphia right fielder Domonic Brown, who broke his right hamate bone in spring training, will begin his rehab assignment in Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Monday. The Mets faced former Cy Young winners, in Roy Halladay and Lee, on consecutive nights and it will be three in four games when New York sees San Francisco’s Tim Lincecum on Wednesday.