Mets take three of four from the Phils, now just 2 1/2 back

The New York Mets are back above .500 after squeaking by the Philadelphia Phillies 10-9 to take three of four from the N.L. East leaders.

The Mets’ offense exploded for 17 hits with 3-hit games from Endy Chavez, Damion Easley and Fernando Tatis. The win puts the Mets just 2 1/2 games back in the division.

Starter Pedro Martinez lost his no-hitter when Ryan Howard singled to center in the second inning (that boosts our NoNoHitters.com count to 7,309 games without a Mets no-hitter). Martinez lasted 5 1/3 innings, giving up five hits (two of them homers) and two earned runs to improve to 3-2 on the season.

The Phils pulled within 5, thanks in part to a crappy changed call on a deep fly ball hit by Ryan Howard that was originally ruled a double. The replay clearly showed the fan reaching in front of the wall, but after indisputable discussions between four guys with no access to replay, the call was changed prompting a Jerry Manuel ejection.

Then they scored 2 runs each in the eighth and ninth inning until Chavez caught the final ball to end it. Whew!

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