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Once New York rallied in the eighth, it was the Mets fans making all the noise.
The teams meet for a three-game series at Shea Stadium next weekend. The Mets lead the series 10-5 this season.
Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick allowed two runs and eight hits in five-plus innings. The 24-year-old right-hander has rebounded nicely from consecutive poor starts in which he allowed 13 runs in seven innings. He's given up three runs in 10 2-3 innings in his last two starts.
Howard's league-leading 36th homer put the Phillies ahead 2-1 in the first. Werth made it 3-1 in the second with his 18th homer.
The Mets cut it to 3-2 in the sixth on Delgado's 29th homer, a high drive to right. Delgado's two-out RBI single in the first gave New York a 1-0 lead.
Notes: Despite the gut-wrenching loss Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, Mets All-Star 3B David Wright stopped to sign autographs at 1:35 a.m. for a group of fans who were waiting outside the ballpark. ... The Mets lead the majors with 114 runs in the first inning. ... Delgado has 47 career multihomer games, five this season. ... Kendrick warmed up in the bullpen Tuesday night and would have entered the game if it reached 14 innings.
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