PHILADELPHIA – Shane Victorino isn’t known for his plate discipline. Even he couldn’t swing when Sean Green lost his control.
Victorino’s bases-loaded walk off Green with two outs in the 10th inning lifted the Philadelphia Phillies to a 6-5 victory over the New York Mets on Saturday.
Green (0-2) retired the first batter he faced before Pedro Feliz reached on an infield single, bringing up three consecutive pinch-hitters.
Green, a former Mariner who was traded to the Mets in the offseason as part of the J.J. Putz deal, hit Matt Stairs with a pitch, but retired Greg Dobbs on a fly ball.
After Chris Coste walked to load the bases, Victorino walked on a 3-2 pitch to give the Phillies a split in the first two games of the series against their rival.
“I was taking a strike because I haven’t seen him,” Victorino said. “Once he got one, I wanted to get a hit. You tell yourself to be patient. He has as much pressure as you. I saw the ball down and he called it a ball.”
Daniel Murphy and Ramon Castro hit consecutive homers for the Mets off Jamie Moyer in the sixth. Raul Ibañez connected off Pedro Feliciano to tie it in the bottom half.
Jack Taschner (1-0) pitched out of trouble in the 10th, retiring Carlos Beltran on an inning-ending double-play grounder with runners at first and third.
Phillies third baseman Feliz started a nice turn with a quick toss to second baseman Eric Bruntlett.
“He could’ve thrown home, but we wanted a double play,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.
After the Mets scored three runs to take a 5-4 lead in the sixth, Ibañez hit a shot off the “Drive ’em Outta Here” automobile dealership billboard that hangs off the facing of the second deck in right field.
Mets starter Oliver Perez allowed four runs and five hits, walking six in 2 innings.
Perez, who has a 9.97 ERA, could be in danger of losing his job in the rotation, despite signing a $36 million, three-year contract in the offseason.
“I really have to think about it,” Mets manager Jerry Manuel said about removing Perez from the rotation. “His confidence is shot.”