It took a couple of miscues at third base by Cesar Hernandez on Thursday night for utility man Reid Brignac to get into the Phillies’ starting lineup for the first time. Brignac made the most of his opportunity Friday night. His bases-loaded single in the bottom of the 14th inning snapped a tie that lasted 8½ innings and lifted the Phillies to a 6-5 victory over the New York Mets in a game that started on Friday night and ended five hours and 23 minutes later at 12:30 a.m. Saturday. “I’m happy to come through for my teammates,” said Brignac, who was with the team in spring training and came up from Triple A earlier this month. “This is definitely one to remember for me.” Before Friday night’s start, Brignac had just six plate appearances since joining the Phils. The walk-off hit was the second of his career. He homered to beat the Yankees when he was with Tampa Bay in 2010. Brignac is looking for a simple return on his clutch hit. “It just felt great to be on the field, playing the game I love,” he said. “Hopefully a night like this will get me in there tomorrow.” Brignac’s hit came after three hitters reached base for the Phillies in the 14th against Mets closer Jenrry Mejia. Marlon Byrd opened the frame by getting to second when rightfielder Chris Young dropped a fly ball to right. The wind got pretty frisky as Friday turned into Saturday, but Young didn’t blame his costly two-base error on that. “It was just a flub-up,” he said. After the error, Carlos Ruiz singled and pinch-hitter Hernandez was walked intentionally. That brought Brignac to the plate for the game-ender. “I had a good feeling,” he said. “I was confident. He threw a cutter that caught a lot of the plate and I didn’t miss it.” The Phils' last two wins have both come in their last at-bats and both have been aided by defensive miscues by the opposition. They rallied to beat the Rockies on Wednesday night. The Rockies made two errors in the ninth before Ryan Howard’s game-winning homer.
Brown, 'pen and Brignac lead Phillies to win in 14 over Mets
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