Fernando Tatis hit a two-run homer in the 12th inning, lifting the New York Mets to a 4-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday in a game that ended more than seven hours after it started.
Jayson Werth hit a two-run shot off Billy Wagner with two outs in the ninth to send the game into extra innings after it was delayed 2 hours, 50 minutes because of heavy rain in the bottom of the eighth.
But the Mets avoided another devastating loss in a season filled with them when Tatis connected off Chad Durbin with one out in the 12th for his second homer of the season.
Joe Smith pitched 2 1-3 scoreless innings to earn the win, despite his amusing at-bat in the top of the twelfth that had even him smiling. In fact, it was his excellent play that made the final out of the game to seal the deal for the Metropolitans.
The Mets have won two in a row in a big series against the NL East-leading Phillies. They trail Philadelphia by 3 1/2 games with a chance to move closer in the finale Monday night.
The Mets were one strike away from winning when Werth drove a 1-2 pitch from Wagner into the left-center field seats to tie it at 2. Wagner now has six blown saves in 25 chances.
Once again, the "Good Ollie" showed up as Mets starter Oliver Perez allowed four hits, struck out six and walked two in seven innings. He didn't give up a single run all game long.
Trailing 1-0, the Phillies had two runners on with one out and Ryan Howard at the plate against Pedro Feliciano when rain came. By the time it resumed, only a fraction of the sellout crowd remained and most of the Mets fans were gone.
Carlos Beltran lined a 3-2 pitch off Kendrick into the right-field seats in the third to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. Beltran was in a 2-for-21 slump before he connected for his 13th homer.
Beltran's two-out RBI single off the virtually-untouchable Brad Lidge in the ninth gave the Mets a 2-0 lead that Wagner couldn't protect.
Mets right fielder Endy Chavez made a sensational, leaping catch sprinting toward the right-field corner to rob Carlos Ruiz of extra bases and save a run in the second. An appreciative Perez walked off the mound, pointed to Chavez and tipped his cap.
But no one was more appreciative of this victory than Mets fans everywhere, who can finally say their team is .500 on the season.
David went 1-6 tonight, his average dropping to .286. David is just 2-12 against the Phillies so far in the four-game series.