9/22/2013 5:49 P.M. ET
Tovar finds immediate success in big league debut
By Kevin Roberts / Special to MLB.com
PHILADELPHIA -- Wilfredo Tovar made his Major League debut Sunday, batting eighth and playing shortstop -- and he put the Mets ahead with a single in the seventh as New York beat the Phillies, 4-3.
"I'm excited about this opportunity," Tovar said, with Binghamton Mets manager Pedro Lopez acting as interpreter. "I didn't expect to be here, and then to get the call and get a hit like I did, I just want to make the most of this. When I saw my name in the lineup, I just wanted to do whatever I could to get us a win."
With the Mets trailing 2-1 in the seventh, Juan Lagares started a rally with an infield single. Anthony Recker followed with a drive to right-center that seemed catchable but fell between Darin Ruf and center fielder Cesar Hernandez. That brought up Tovar, who drilled a single to left off Cliff Lee to score Lagares. When Phillies left fielder Domonic Brown bobbled the ball, Recker scored and Tovar hustled into second.
Tovar finished with two hits and played flawlessly in the field.
"I'm excited; it means a lot to be in this position," Tovar said. "As a kid, this is all I dreamed about. I feel fortunate to be here and have this chance."
Mets manager Terry Collins wanted to get him in a game as soon as possible, slotting Tovar in as soon as the Mets faced a left-handed starter. It happened to be Lee, who is one of the best in the game, which prompted Collins to joke before the game: "This is probably not the guy you want to face in your first game, but I'm sure he doesn't feel that way today."
Tovar was back home in Venezuela when he was added to the Mets' roster after Ruben Tejada broke his right fibula. He was called up Sept. 20, providing depth behind Omar Quintanilla.
"Omar has been very good for us," Collins said. "I actually wanted to play Tovar Friday [against Phillies lefty Cole Hamels]. But he'd just flown in from Venezuela, and that didn't seem fair. But we wanted to get him in there."
Murphy matches career high with 12th homer
PHILADELPHIA -- Daniel Murphy's home run Saturday against the Phillies was his 12th of the season, tying his career high (he also hit 12 in 2009).
He was in his usual third spot in the Mets' order Sunday, and this season is hitting .321 in day games. Murphy is third in the National League in hits (178) and eighth in runs scored (90). He's hitting .355 since Aug. 28, with 17 runs scored, 14 RBIs and 10 doubles in 24 games.
"He can hit," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "He's got a game plan. He's not going to go up there looking for a base on balls, but he can put the bat on the ball."
Murphy is one of four Major Leaguers with at least 35 doubles, 10 homers and 20 stolen bases, joining Mike Trout, Hunter Pence and Andrew McCutchen.
Wright gets scheduled day off in Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA -- As expected, David Wright was out of the lineup Sunday. Wilmer Flores was at third base for the Mets, as Wright got a day off after consecutive games -- his first two games back from a strained right hamstring.
Mets manager Terry Collins said the plan was for two games on and then a day off here, and possibly a game off during the series against the Reds in Cincinnati. But Wright said he was hopeful that he could play in all of the Mets' final four games at home.
"He's an unbelievable player," said Dillon Gee, who started and won Saturday thanks in part to Wright's homer. "As long as he can stay healthy, we're in very good shape."
Kevin Roberts is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.