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.
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.
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