Fernando Tatís hit a two-run homer in the top of the 12 inning to save closer Billy Wagner and lead the New York Mets to a 4-2 win over the first-place Philadelphia Phillies.
The Mets had a 2-0 lead going into the bottom of the ninth, but Wagner gave up a two-out homer to Jayson Werth to send the rain-delayed contest into extra innings. That blew a superb performance by starter Oliver Perez, who allowed no runs and just four hits over seven innings.
Carlos Beltran had the Mets’ previous two RBIs, going 3-for-6 with a solo homer and a pair of singles.
Perez lost his chance for a no-hitter in the first inning when Jimmy Rollins reached base on an infield single, putting the NoNoHitters.com count to 7,408 games without a Mets no-hitter.
The win puts the Mets 3 1/2 games back with one contest left in the four-game series. Scheduled starters for Monday night’s finale are Pedro Martínez and Adam Eaton.