Originally posted on Phillies Nation  |  Last updated 12/23/11

It wasn’t too long ago when the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets had a very heated rivalry. Both teams were fighting for the National League East, but over the last couple of years the Phillies have separated themselves from the rest of the division while the Mets found themselves near the cellar. The Phillies/Mets rivalry wasn’t as intense in 2011, but any Phillies fan can agree that beating the Mets is always a good feeling, especially when it involves the faltering of a very disliked closer.

On May 27, the Phillies defeated the Mets 6-4 on a late-inning comeback. Both Roy Oswalt and Chris Capuano pitched six solid innings, and it was left for the offense and the bullpens.

Trailing 3-2 in the eighth, Jimmy Rollins smashed a double to bring in the tying run. In the ninth, the Mets brought in Francisco Rodriguez who immediately found himself in a jam. Domonic Brown came through in the clutch, smacking a single under the glove of the first baseman, bringing in the go-ahead run.

Ryan Madson was fairly new to the closer’s role around this time of the season, but the Phillies added a couple runs and Madson wiggled out of the jam.  Closing opportunities like this helped Madson gain the confidence to become an effective closer.

The late-inning comeback made for a thrilling victory, and the fact that it was against the Mets made it much more exciting.

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