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             === Frandsen homers in 9th to lead Phils over Mets ===
 
 Philadelphia,  PA (Sports  Network) - Jonathan Papelbon blew his third save in
 his last four chances, but Kevin Frandsen picked up the Philadelphia closer.
 
 A pinch-hitting Frandsen crushed a leadoff home run in the bottom of the ninth
 inning to lift the Phillies to an 8-7 win over the New York Mets in the middle
 test of a three-game set at Citizens Bank Park.
 
 Frandsen's blast was a no-doubter to left field off Carlos Torres (0-1).
 
 "We  did a nice  job of battling back and in one pitch it was over," said Mets
 third baseman David Wright. "That's the way the game goes."
 
 A  day after rallying from a three-run hole to win Friday's series opener 4-3,
 the Mets battled back from a 7-1 deficit to tie things up in the ninth.
 
 Philadelphia  starter Jonathan Pettibone held the Mets to one run on five hits
 before  lower back  tightness ended  his outing  after six  innings. Pettibone
 appeared  to tweak  his  back  on a  swing  in the  bottom  of  the sixth.  He
 grounded  softly in front  of the plate and grimaced as he trotted slowly down
 to first for the final out.
 
 After  attempting  to warm up  for the next inning,  Pettibone gave way to the
 bullpen with the Phillies ahead by six runs.
 
 The  Mets,  however, made  things interesting  in the seventh  by putting up a
 four-spot against the relief corps.
 
 Philadelphia  manager Charlie  Manuel needed three pitchers to get through the
 frame.
 
 Michael  Stutes faced  four batters  and didn't  retire one,  allowing an  RBI
 single  to Omar Quintanilla and exiting with the bases-loaded. Eric Young, Jr.
 then  greeted Justin De Fratus with a two-run double to left field and Jordany
 Valdespin added an RBI groundout.
 
 De  Fratus then  fanned Wright,  but a  walk to  Marlon Byrd  prompted another
 pitching  change. Jake  Diekman ended the rally by retiring Daniel Murphy on a
 called third strike.
 
 Valdespin  homered to right  field off Papelbon (2-0) to shrink the gap to 7-6
 with  one out  in the ninth. Wright  then reached on a fielding error by third
 baseman  Michael Young  and scored the tying run from first on Daniel Murphy's
 two-out  single. Wright  ran on the pitch, drawing Rollins to second base, and
 Murphy  found the hole on the left side of the infield. Ben Revere overran the
 ball, but no error was charged to the center fielder.
 
 "I don't feel like I'm in a funk at all," Papelbon said. "There's no reason to
 sit  here and  try to figure out what's  wrong. I feel like the ball is coming
 out of my hand good. It's been a pretty confusing week for me."
 
 Slugger  Ryan Howard helped Philadelphia build what seemed to be a comfortable
 lead.
 
 Howard  has thrived against Dillon Gee in the past and that trend continued on
 Saturday.  He hit a  pair of solo homers and a two-run single off the New York
 starter.
 
 The  first baseman  is now 7-for-15 lifetime  against Gee, with all but one of
 those hits a home run.
 
 Howard  gave  the Phillies an  early advantage in  the first, driving in Chase
 Utley and Young with the third straight base hit given up by Gee.
 
 Quintanilla  scored  on a  fielder's choice  to put  New York  on the board in
 the third, but Philadelphia looked to pull away over the middle frames.
 
 Howard  led  off the  fourth with  an opposite-field  blast to left-center and
 Revere  contributed a run-scoring single later in the inning. Young and Howard
 then hammered back-to-back, two-out homers in the fifth to put the Phillies up
 6-1.
 
 Revere's  speed  helped the  Phillies tack on  a run in  the sixth. The center
 fielder  singled  and swiped  two bases,  with a  wild throw  to third by Mets
 catcher John Buck allowing Revere to score.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Revere  extended  his hitting streak to  12 games ... The Phillies improved to
 10-2   in  their  last  12  games  against  the  Mets  ...  Earlier  Saturday,
 Philadelphia  setup man Mike Adams was placed on the 15-day disabled list with
 bicep  tendinitis. The  Phillies also  selected the  contract of  pitcher J.C.
 Ramirez  from  Triple-A  Lehigh  Valley and  designated  utility  man  Michael
 Martinez for assignment to make room for Ramirez on the 40-man roster.
 
 
 06/23 01:55:04 ET

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