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PHILADELPHIA -- Yet another extra-inning game was fine by the New York Mets, provided they won. Authentic Tracy Mcgrady Jersey . Lucas Duda hit a two-run homer with two outs in the 11th, lifting the Mets over the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3 Sunday in the third straight meeting between the teams to run long. The Mets and Phillies split a pair of 14-inning games the previous two days, combining to play nearly 11 hours. Duda came off the bench in the bottom of the 10th at first base, then connected in the 11th to help the Mets win for the fifth time in six games. "We are getting tired, (but) they are great to win," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "They lift the spirits up and it does get the energy up, even though youre tired physically. You know you can win these kinds of games." Ryan Howard hit an early two-run homer for the Phillies. Marlon Byrd hit a solo shot in the 11th. "In close games, extra-inning games, not to be able to just get the job done is very frustrating," Philadelphia manager Ryne Sandberg said. Josh Edgin (1-0) struck out the side in the 10th. Jenrry Mejia held on for his sixth save in as many chances. Phillippe Aumont (0-1), called up prior to the game to provide some help to the tired Philadelphia bullpen, got the first two outs of the 11th. After a walk to Travis dArnaud, Duda hit his eighth home run deep into the seats in left-centre field. "I was lucky enough to square a ball up," Duda said. "I was just trying to hit it hard." Duda did get a respite from not starting, but said all of the innings can take a toll. "Its both physically and mentally draining," he said. "Just continue to go. They have to play, too." The teams conclude their rare five-game series on Monday night. Adding Sundays time of 3 hours, 29 minutes, the first four games have taken 17 hours, 29 minutes over 48 innings, and the teams have employed 46 pitchers. Aumont was one of three relievers promoted by the teams from the minors Sunday. The Phillies also added left-hander Cesar Jimenez while the Mets brought up left-hander Dana Eveland Triple-A. Although neither figured into the decision, each teams starter gave the bullpen some rest. Cole Hamels went seven strong innings for the Phillies, allowing one earned run and six hits. He struck out eight and walked four, though three were intentional. Jonathon Niese tossed eight innings and gave up two runs. His lone mistake came against Howard, who had been 3 for 22 with 10 strikeouts before homering in the fourth for a 2-1 lead. Knowing the Mets bullpen was thin, Nieses game plan was to attack the strike zone early and often. "I was going to pound the zone and they were going to hit me hard early or they were going to get outs early," Niese said. "I wasnt trying to trick guys out there. I wouldnt say it was a burden, but I knew it was important (to go deep in the game) because I knew our bullpen was getting beat up lately." Niese departed after throwing 91 pitches and said he could have gone two more innings if needed. Collins appreciated the outing by his starter. "Tremendous effort by a lot of people starting with Niese," he said. "We needed somebody to go that deep in the game." New York came back with a run in the sixth on Curtis Grandersons sacrifice fly to tie it at 2. The Mets had taken a 1-0 lead in the fourth on Chris Youngs sacrifice fly that scored David Wright. Third baseman Reid Brignac made an over-the-shoulder catch in foul territory, but his strong throw wasnt in time. NOTES: Jimenez pitched a scoreless eighth. ... Mets CF Juan Lagares left in the 10th due to right ribcage pain. He was a late scratch from the lineup on Saturday due to the same injury. Collins said Lagares would return to New York Sunday night to be evaluated. ... To make room for Eveland, New York sent OF Matt den Dekker to Triple-A. ... The Phillies placed Jeff Manship on the 15-day DL with a right quad strain and sent OF-1B Darin Ruf to Triple-A. They also designated left-hander Jeremy Horst for assignment. ... The series concludes at 7:05 Monday with Mets RHP Bartolo Colon (4-5, 4.73) opposing Phillies RHP Roberto Hernandez (2-2, 3.76). Cheap Magic Jerseys . The 49ers announced the deal Tuesday. San Francisco selected Lloyd in the fourth round of the 2003 draft. Wholesale Magic Jerseys Authentic .C. -- Ryan Sproul scored the winner late in double overtime to lift the Grand Rapids Griffins to a 2-1 win over the Abbotsford Heat on Friday in Game 1 of their American Hockey League playoff series.(SportsNetwork.com) - If you got the feeling Bill Belichick wanted to go all Col. Jessup in his DeflateGate press conference, youre hardly alone. Your @#$-damn right, I deflated those footballs, I pictured Belichick screaming after getting sufficiently frustrated by a bunch of know-nothings who just dont understand what goes on in the NFL. Unlike Jack Nicholson in A Few Good Men, however, the worlds most envied football coach played the plausible-deniability card instead, probably a more prudent move considering his team is getting ready for the sports biggest stage, Super Bowl XLIX. I was shocked to learn of the footballs on Monday. I had no knowledge until Monday morning, Belichick claimed. Id say Ive learned a lot more about this process in the last three days than I knew, or had talked about it, in the last 40 years that Ive coached in this league. That put the ball in Tom Bradys court who decided to go the more flippant, frat-boy route, a tact which brings with it a little more peril. Sure its fun to troll an unknowing media gaggle blinded by its torches and pitchforks with testicle gags that would make Pete Schwetty proud, but anger the wrong person and all of a sudden the moral-compass crowd is climbing the worlds tallest soapbox to ask for suspension or even a ban. And when the low-information majority starts rolling downhill, you might as well get out of the way because its like Jim Brown bearing down on a crowned field. When I pick those footballs out, at that point, to me, theyre perfect, Brady said. I dont want anyone touching the balls after that. I dont want anyone rubbing them, putting any air in them, taking any air out. To me, those balls are perfect, and thats what I expect when I show up on the field. The more sophomoric of us quickly picked up on Bradys David Gregory-likee jabs at people so serious they had no idea they were the butt of the joke. Wholesale Magic Jerseys. Already a few of those buzzkills have called for Belichick to be banned because Brady likes a lighter PSI than an arcane rule book permits as if the NFL wants the understudies performing in the worlds largest Broadway play. Some of them have even pointed to the now-famed Roger Goodell ignorance is no excuse, edict toward Sean Payton in Bountygate, as if consistent, standardized logic has anything to do with the NFL commissioner. Heres the reality: If Walt Anderson and other officials who handle the footballs each and every week cant discern the difference in PSI, how can it possibly matter all that much? Perhaps more importantly, if everyone thinks its so much easier to handle the football with a lower PSI, why isnt that the recommended inflation point for a league obsessed with offense? And if the proper PSI is so important to the integrity of the game and anyone in the sport actually cared, this would be the worlds easiest fix -- make everyone play with a brand new football right out of the box. Its 13.0 PSI for all. See how the quarterbacks in this league enjoy that little tweak. Bradys biggest mistake wasnt his love of a lower PSI, however, it was his nod to the Islamic-extremist group ISIS when trying to fight if off. Things are going to be fine -- this isnt ISIS, the former golden boy said. No ones dying. Except common sense. Invoking a bloodthirsty terrorist group to deflect this nonsense was as insensitive as it gets by Brady. And maybe the other side of the microphone, the reporters assembled who lobbed grenade after grenade at Brady for 30 minutes over a trivial matter, should learn something from his comments as well. When the crass meets the ignorant, we all lose. 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