Mets 9, Phillies 5: Kelly Shoppach, Bullpen Lead New York To Extra Innings Win

The New York Mets opened their series against the Philadelphia Phillies with a 9-5 win Tuesday night. The Mets overcame a first-inning, four-run rally, evening things up in the eighth and then blowing it open in extra innings.

A four-run rally in the top of the 10th sowed up the series-opening win. Ike Davis, Lucas Duda, and Kelly Shoppach combined to drive in all four runs as the Mets lit up B.J. Rosenberg

Shoppach had a highlight night at the dish, tying things up with a double that scored David Wright in the eighth and then capping the 10th-inning rally with a two-run shot. Shoppach took a 3-2 pitch from Antonio Bastardo to left to score Wright and tie it up at 5-5. Wright and Daniel Murphy joined Shoppach with multi-hit games. The Mets third baseman drove in two runs early in the game and then scored two later on as the Mets came back.

Mets starter Chris Young was knocked around in the first, and then chased in the fifth after giving up five runs. But the bullpen held the line as five relievers combined to keep the Phillies to just five runs. The staff will now turn to Matt Harvey on Wednesday as New York tries to take the series against Cole Hamels, who's had a dominant month on the mound.

For more on the Mets, visit Amazin' Avenue. For the opponent's perspective, visit The Good Phight.

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