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Six-Run Eighth Carries Phillies

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Mike Sweeney’s run-scoring single capped a six-run eighth inning rally and Philadelphia survived a New York comeback attempt in the ninth inning to hang on for a 7-5 win to begin a three-game series.

Sweeney, in his first start since joining the Phillies, triggered the decisive rally with a base hit and Placido Polanco chipped in with a hit and two runs batted in as Philadelphia earned its’ 12th straight win at home.

Chad Durbin (3-1) worked a scoreless top half of the eighth to grab the win after Joe Blanton had given up two runs on seven hits while striking out four and not walking a batter over seven frames for the Phils, who won their fifth straight overall. Brad Lidge was called on to get the final out and he did to earn his 13th save of the season.

Bobby Parnell (0-1) was tagged with the loss after giving up four runs on four hits without retiring a batter for the Mets, who have lost two in a row and four out of five.

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