Adam Loewen was caught off guard when Pete Mackanin told him he was going to hit in the bottom of the fifth inning Tuesday night. Don’t misunderstand. Loewen was elated to get the chance to take his hacks. He was just surprised. It had been a while, you know.

Before heading to the plate, Loewen had to go on a bit of a scavenger hunt. He borrowed a bat from Jeff Francoeur and a pair of batting gloves from Darnell Sweeney.

“I had my own helmet,” he said with laugh.

Loewen ended up stroking a base hit up the middle off New York Mets starter Bartolo Colon. The hit didn't figure in the outcome of the game, but it made for a memorable moment for Loewen. Actually he had a couple of them on this night. The Phillies beat the Mets, 4-3, and Loewen was the winning pitcher.

It was the 31-year-old reliever’s first win in the majors in more than eight years -- since April 21, 2007.

His base hit was his first in the majors since Sept. 26, 2011.

No wonder Loewen called it “a fun game.”

Loewen has had quite a baseball odyssey. The Baltimore Orioles selected the left-hander with the fourth overall pick in the 2002 draft. Loewen was such a promising arm that he was picked two spots ahead of Zack Greinke and 13 ahead of Cole Hamels. He made his way into the Orioles’ rotation in 2006, but never stuck. Injury and ineffectiveness led him to convert to the outfield in 2009 and he made it to the big leagues with the Blue Jays in 2011. By 2014, he was back on the mound, pitching for the Canadian national team when the Phillies gave him a shot in the minors. The big club called him up for a look in August.

Loewen’s career has been a series of reinventions of himself. Once again, as this season winds down, he finds himself back at the drawing board trying to make the adjustments needed to stay in the majors.