PHILADELPHIA (AP) -
' pinch-hit appearance drew laughs in the dugout.
's clutch hit gave them reason to celebrate.
Coste hit an RBI single in the bottom of the 13th inning and the
overcame a 7-0 deficit to beat the
New York Mets
8-7 on Tuesday night and retake the lead in the NL East.
''We stayed after them,'' manager
said. ''A lot of things happened, everything except a fight.''
hit a three-run homer and the Mets staked
to a seven-run cushion. But the Phillies chipped away against Martinez and rallied against a bullpen that has blown 10 leads
in the ninth inning, according to Stats LLC.
The Mets have 22 blown saves overall, including seven by injured All-Star closer
. This one might have been the most devastating.
''People are going to have to get people out,'' Mets manager
said. ''We'll keep doing it until we find the right way.''
hit his league-leading 35th homer and
was 5-for-7 with a two-run shot for Philadelphia, which moved a half-game ahead of the Mets with its ninth win in 11 games.
The last time the Mets had a lead of seven or more runs and failed to win was May 13, 2003, according to the Elias Sports
Bureau. They led that one 7-0 and lost 9-8 at Colorado.
lined a triple down the right-field line to start Philadelphia's 13th against
were intentionally walked, Myers was called upon to bat for
. Myers, the second starting pitcher to pinch-hit for Philadelphia, struck out looking at a 3-2 pitch after being instructed
not to swing.
Myers did his best in the batter's box to distract Schoeneweis, digging in, bailing out and looking pitches all the way into
the catcher's mitt.
''I think the whole ballpark knew he wasn't going to swing, but he put on a good show,'' Coste said. ''It was intimidating
in the on-deck circle.''
Coste then drove one to center way over the head of the drawn-in
for his first career game-winning hit at any level. He finished 4-for-4, despite entering the game in the eighth inning.
Seanez (5-3) pitched a scoreless 13th for the win.
The Mets used four relievers to get to the ninth after
lasted five innings. But
couldn't protect a one-run lead.
Ayala, who converted his other save chance since joining the Mets in a trade with Washington last week, got the first two
outs. But Werth singled and pinch-hitter Bruntlett, the last position player available for Philadelphia, drove him in with
a double to right-center.
Martinez allowed five runs and seven hits in five innings, striking out eight. The three-time Cy Young Award winner, who once
had an overpowering fastball, relied heavily on offspeed pitches and didn't throw harder than 88 mph.
''It's frustrating, but with this team, in this stadium, you never know,'' Martinez said. ''They never give up, especially
in this band box.''
lasted just three innings in his shortest outing in three years. The 45-year-old left-hander gave up six runs and nine hits.
Moyer had been outstanding recently, not giving up more than three runs in 14 straight starts since June 1.
Tatis, who has resurrected his career after spending three of the last four seasons out of baseball, gave the Mets a 6-0 lead
when he connected in the third inning.
was 4-for-5 with a homer for the Mets, who trailed the Phillies by 7 1/2 games on June 13. New York is 39-25 since
The Mets blew a seven-game lead with 17 remaining last season, losing the division to the Phillies on the final day. The teams
meet four more times, including a three-game series at Shea Stadium next weekend.
Trailing 7-1, the Phillies stared their comeback in the fifth. Relief pitcher
led off with a broken-bat double down the left-field line for his first career extra-base hit.
Rollins then ripped a liner to the seats in right to cut it to 7-3. Howard hit an opposite-field, two-run drive to left to
get the Phillies within 7-5.
Rollins' RBI single cut it to 7-6 and put runners on first and third with one out in the eighth. Booed throughout the homestand
for calling fans ''frontrunners'' in a television interview two weeks ago, Rollins got a standing ovation when he came to
the plate that inning.
A sellout crowd of 45,204 at Citizens Bank Park included many Mets fans who had reason to cheer right from the start.
Notes: Mets C
left with a right quadriceps strain after reaching on first baseman Howard's error in the fifth. ... It was Moyer's shortest
start since May 11, 2005. He allowed six runs in 2 1-3 innings for Seattle in a 13-9 loss to the
New York Yankees
. ... Rollins' last five-hit game was June 16, 2005 at Seattle. He's done it four times. ... Philadelphia had a season-high
six steals, including three by Rollins.