NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — You don’t see this every day.
It’s arguably the most exciting play in baseball, and it happened on Wednesday night during the Mets’ 9-4 win over the Phillies at Citi Field.
Ruben Tejada hit an inside-the-park homer.
With a runner on second and two outs in the second inning, Tejada hit a shallow pop fly down the right-field line. Domonic Brown charged in and reached down but could not make the catch, and the ball bounced by him as he flipped head over heels over a low retaining wall.
Second baseman Cesar Hernandez finally chased down the ball in the right-field corner, and Tejada slid home safely without a relay throw to the plate.
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“Things just seem to happen when we play the Mets,” Phillies interim manager Pete Mackanin said.
It was difficult to tell what part of his body Brown landed on. But after the play, he climbed over the wall and back onto the field as a Phillies trainer hustled out to check on him.
Brown initially remained in the game, but was removed in the bottom of the fourth.
The home run was Tejada’s third of the year. He finished the night 2-for-4 with four RBIs and is hitting .257 for the season.
The Nationals defeated the Cardinals on Wednesday night, so the Mets’ lead in the National League East remains 6 1/2 games.