Howard’s homer in 9th lifts Phillies over Mets 3-2
- Updated: September 20, 2012
Ryan Howard hit a go-ahead home run with two outs in the ninth inning and the Philadelphia Phillies rallied to beat the New York Mets 3-2 on Wednesday night, adding a dramatic victory to their late-season playoff push.
Jimmy Rollins hit a lead-off home run, but the Phillies went into the ninth with only two hits. Chase Utley worked a two-out walk against rookie Josh Edgin (1-2), filling in for ailing Mets closer Frank Francisco, and Howard launched a 93 mph fastball off the facing of the second deck in right field to give his team a 3-2 lead.
The big slugger pumped his fist as he rounded first base and Phillies players broke into a happy frenzy on the bench. It was Howard’s 11th homer in an injury-shortened season, and first since Aug. 31.