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Mets Top Phillies on Valdespin’s First Career HR

Jordany Valdespin had a pinch-hit three-run homer off Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth inning for his first major league hit, leading the New York Mets to a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday night.

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David Wright hit a tying two-run double off Roy Halladay in the sixth, and New York won its third straight game.

The injury-plagued Mets placed shortstop Ruben Tejada on the disabled list before the game and saw catcher Josh Thole go out after getting elbowed in the head during a collision at the plate.

Valdespin, called up to replace Tejada, was 0 for 6 before hitting a drive way out to right off Papelbon (0-1).

Tim Byrdak (1-0) retired the only batter he faced to get the win. He struck out pinch-hitter Eric Kratz to end the eighth with a runner on third.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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