Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/7/12
PHILADELPHIA - Jordany Valdespin gave his mom an early Mother's Day present. Valdespin's pinch-hit three-run homer off Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth inning was his first hit in the majors, and it led the New York Mets to a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies Monday night. "I called my mom before the game and said if I get in the game I'd get a hit for her," Valdespin said. "It was a great moment for me. I'm really happy. They celebrated with me and poured ice and beer all over me." David Wright's two-run double off Phillies starter Roy Halladay tied the game in the sixth, and the Mets beat Papelbon (0-1) to hand him his first loss with the Phillies. Valdespin, a 24-year-old infielder, was called up before the game to replace injured shortstop Ruben Tejada. Valdespin was 0-for-6 in his career before hitting a deep shot to right field. "It will give him great confidence, especially hitting it off a pitcher like Papelbon," Mets manager Terry Collins said. Valdespi...
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