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Photograph of the Mets' Jose Reyes scoring the game-winning run by Mary Altaffer/AP

  • Mets 4, Phillies 3 (12 innings): This looked like it could be another bad loss to the Phillies. Aaron Heilman's best efforts to blow the game resulted in a two-run eighth, and the Mets had to go to extras despite leading most of the game. John Maine's strong start appeared in danger of being wasted. But Billy Wagner, Joe Smith, Scott Schoeneweis -- yes, even him -- and Jorge Sosa held the Phillies in check after the eighth. Then, in the 12th, Angel Pagan -- if that's not the best name in baseball, what is? -- singled home Jose Reyes (translation: Joseph Kings). The play at the plate was as close as could be, but umpire Ted Barrett's call was the the only voice that mattered. Reyes told SNY's Kevin Burkhardt after the game, "I have faith in Pagan." Mets fans may cross over to the dark side for the reserve outfielder who is hitting .370 while filling in for Moises Alou.
  • Yankees 6, Royals 1: Even with the Royals playing good baseball, getting swept in Kansas City would not have been good news for the Yankees. Andy Pettitte pitched through a short rain delay and what had been a productive Royals lineup as the Yankees took the finale of the three-game series. Alex Rodriguez had a home run in the ninth inning, but Melky Cabrera went 2-for-5 with a homer and an RBI single to help the Yankees to their six-run effort. This season, that qualifies as an explosion. The team heads to Boston for a three-game set this weekend.