Phillies Sweep Mets
PHILADELPHIA - A rout, a rally and a rare call gave the Phillies their first three wins against the Mets in a pivotal series. Then came the wildest game of all. Chase Utley hit an RBI single off Billy Wagner in the ninth inning and Philadelphia completed a huge sweep of first-place New York by rallying for an 11-10 victory Thursday in a back-and-forth struggle that lasted four hours. By winning four straight against the Mets, the Phillies moved within two games of the NL East leaders and suddenly set up an exciting September pennant race.'We've overcome a lot of obstacles,' Utley said, referring to numerous injuries that have plagued the team. 'We want to win.' Mets nemesis Pat Burrell homered twice. Ryan Howard and Aaron Rowand also connected for the Phillies, who wasted leads of 5-0 and 8-5 before falling behind 10-8 in the eighth. That's when the Mets called on Wagner, who hadn't pitched since Friday after experiencing a tired arm. Looking for his first six-out save in eight years, Wagner (2-2) gave up Burrell's solo shot in the eighth and immediately ran into trouble in the ninth. Jayson Werth hit a leadoff single, then stole second and third on consecutive pitches with one out. Pinch-hitter Tadahito Iguchi's single to left tied it at 10. Jimmy Rollins was intentionally walked after Iguchi stole second, bringing up Utley, who entered the game leading the NL in batting average. The All-Star second baseman, playing his third game after missing a month with a broken hand, worked a full count before lining a single to right field to score Iguchi and send the crowd into a frenzy. Fans chanted 'Sweep! Sweep! Sweep!' as they left. One man held a broom he sneaked in. 'When Utley was batting, that's the loudest I ever heard it,' Burrell said. It was Philadelphia's first four-game sweep against any team since doing it against the Mets in September 2003 at old Veterans Stadium.
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