PHILADELPHIA — The New York Mets celebrated a victory on a night when fans in the ballpark were celebrating historic news.
Ronny Paulino had a career-high five hits in his first start for the Mets, including a go-ahead double in the 14th inning, and New York beat the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 Sunday night after news of Osama bin Laden’s death had fans at Citizens Bank Park chanting “U-S-A! U-S-A!”
“I heard the chants and they were great,” Mets right-hander R.A. Dickey said. “It was a pretty neat thing. It was emotional. Hopefully this brings some closure but it’s still not over.”
Taylor Buchholz (1-0), one of six Mets pitchers used, pitched two scoreless innings in relief to help New York snap a three-game losing streak and salvage a game in the series.
Kyle Kendrick (1-2), one of six Philadelphia pitchers used in the 4-hour, 44-minute game, pitched three innings and allowed four hits.
The “U-S-A!” chants started in the top of the ninth inning of the game and picked up in intensity throughout the inning. People could be spotted all over the ballpark checking their phones as news was breaking that the United States had killed the mastermind behind the Sept. 11 attacks.
“Probably a night I will never forget,” Mets starter Chris Young said. “I was in the training room when I heard the announcement. I got chills hearing that crowd. It’s a historic night and a great victory for the United States.”