Howard Lifts Phillies Over Mets 4-2

All-Star's walk-off blast cuts Mets' lead in NL East to 4 games
By Joseph Fasano,  Newser User
Posted Aug 29, 2007 2:17 AM CDT
Philadelphia Phillies' Ryan Howard steps on the plate after the game winning home run off New York Mets' Guillermo Mota during the 10th inning of their baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2007 in Philadelphia....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Ryan Howard's 10th-inning walk-off homer handed Philadelphia a 4-2 win over the Mets last night, lifting the Phillies to within four games of New York in the National League East. Though a two-run shot from Carlos Delgado gave the Mets an early lead, clutch hits from Jimmy Rollins and Aaron Rowand set the stage for Howard's extra-inning fireworks.

All-Star Tom Glavine pitched shutout baseball through seven innings before New York's bullpen faltered, while Philly starter Adam Eaton, whose 6.23 ERA is the worst among big-league starters, gave up only five hits in his no-decision outing. The rival teams square off in the second of four crucial games today in Philadelphia. (Read more Ryan Howard stories.)