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.
Valdespin doesn't go deep often. He had 33 homers in 1,500 minor-league at-bats.
"I was trying to hit it up the middle," he said. "See the ball, hit the ball."
Tim Byrdak (1-0) earned the win by striking out the only batter he faced, and Frank Francisco recorded his eighth save.
Halladay looked like his usual self after getting roughed up in a 15-13 loss at Atlanta last week. He took a one-hitter into the sixth on Monday and allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings.
"I felt good the whole time," Halladay said. "You have to overcome it."
Halladay retired the first two batters in the sixth to make it 13 in a row set down. Then a walk to Andres Torres and single by Kirk Nieuwenhuis put Halladay in a jam. Wright ripped a hard grounder down the left-field line to knock in both runs.
Halladay blew a 6-0 lead and gave up eight runs and 12 hits in 5 1/3 innings against the Braves last Wednesday. He left the team for personal reasons the next day.
New York's Jonathon Niese allowed two runs and four hits in five innings.
The Phillies missed a chance to take the lead in the seventh when they had the bases loaded with one out. Hunter Pence hit a grounder to second baseman Daniel Murphy, who bobbled before throwing to second for the second out. Pence just beat the return throw and the go-ahead run scored. But Shane Victorino was called for interference for running out of the base line on his takeout slide at second and the double play negated the run.
"He went out of his way," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "They call that a lot."
Philadelphia again missed an opportunity in the eighth with runners on second and third and one out. Freddy Galvis hit a bouncer to pitcher Bobby Parnell, who threw home to retire Ty Wigginton. Mets catcher Josh Thole took an elbow to the head on the play and had to leave the game. It's unknown the extent of his injury.
"He said he felt real dizzy," Collins said.
The Phillies took a 1-0 lead in the first on a sacrifice fly by John Mayberry Jr. Jimmy Rollins lined a double to right-center and advanced to third on Torres' fielding error. He scored on Mayberry's liner to center.
They got another run in the second on Placido Polanco's RBI double to left-center. His hit scored Carlos Ruiz, who walked to begin the inning.
Halladay was hit in the right thigh by a hard liner by Ike Davis in the seventh, but he shrugged it off and remained in the game to finish the inning.
Notes: Phillies lefty Cole Hamels was suspended five games for intentionally throwing at Washington rookie Bryce Harper in a game Sunday night. Hamels admitted after the game he hit the 19-year-old Harper as a way of welcoming him to the big leagues. ... Phillies slugger Ryan Howard hit Monday for the first time since late February. Howard is rehabbing his surgically repaired left Achilles' tendon in Clearwater, Fla. .... Mayberry made a diving grab to rob Torres of extra bases on a shot to left-center to start the game. .. Wright was 3-for-23 off Halladay before the double
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