PHILADELPHIA -- The chants started in the ninth inning.
Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard had singled to left field in the bottom of the eighth inning to tie Sunday night's game against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park, but more important things were happening elsewhere. Shortly after Howard's hit, but long before the Mets beat the Phillies in the 14th inning, 2-1, news had spread that terrorist Osama bin Laden had been killed.
Smart phones, which picked up the historic news through social media networks, spread the word throughout the ballpark.
"I was wondering why everyone was chanting, 'USA,'" Phillies center fielder Shane Victorino said. "It was the buzz around the dugout that Osama had been killed. I think everybody on the field was wondering what was going on."
It must have been strange for Phillies right-hander Ryan Madson to pitch the ninth inning as the chants echoed throughout the ballpark.
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, who had been ejected in the seventh for arguing Brian Schneider's check-swing strikeout, said he had heard about the news during the game, but remained focused on the outcome in Philadelphia, not the news coming from Washington.
Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee said he learned about the terrorist's death after the game.
"Somebody said something in the bullpen," Phillies right-hander Danys Baez said. "But the game was close so we didn't get a chance to think too much about it."
The game continued. Phillies right-hander Kyle Kendrick allowed hits to David Wright and Jason Bay to put runners on first and second with one out in the 14th. Mets catcher Ronny Paulino then doubled to left field with two outs to score the winning run.
It was Paulino's fifth hit of the game. The Phillies had seven hits.
"Try to forget about it, go home and get some sleep," Howard said of the team's offensive showing. "We hit some balls hard. We hit them right at people. Those things happen sometimes."
Long before the major news broke and Paulino's game-winning hit happened in the 14th, Cliff Lee allowed eight hits, one run, two walks and struck out five in seven innings. He threw 34 pitches in the first inning as he left the bases loaded, but needed just 33 pitches to get through the next three innings.
Lee allowed a run in the fifth to hand the Mets a 1-0 lead. David Wright crushed a ball off the left-field wall for a long single and Carlos Beltran followed with a double to the wall in right-center field to score Wright.
The Phillies could not touch Mets right-hander Chris Young, who allowed two hits in seven scoreless innings. Schneider doubled to right field in the third inning and Placido Polanco singled to left in the fourth inning. They were the only baserunners Young allowed through six innings.
Young retired 10 consecutive batters at one point before he walked Howard with one out in the seventh inning. Young then hit Ben Francisco with a pitch to put runners on first and second with just one out. Raul Ibanez struck out swinging for the second out. Ibanez finished the night 0-for-4, making him hitless in his last 34 at-bats.
The inning continued. Pete Orr walked to load the bases, but Schneider struck out swinging on a check swing. Third-base umpire Lance Barksdale rung him up and ejected Manuel before he had the chance to really argue about it.
Instant replay showed Schneider went around.
John Mayberry Jr. walked and eventually scored on Howard's single in the eighth inning to tie the game.
It was a big moment, but far from the biggest moment of the night.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.