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The Mets and Phillies, involved in a four-game series in Philadelphia and a struggle for first place in the NL East, ended their game on a runner's interference call when the Mets' Marlon Anderson was whistled, thumbed, whatever, for taking out Phillies second baseman Tadahito Iguchi on, well, a take-out slide.

The Mets, trailing, 3-2, had runners on first and third with one out in the top of the ninth. The Mets' Shawn Green hit a slow grounder to shortstop Jimmy Rollins, who threw to Iguchi.  Anderson's slide took him inside the bag and toppled Iguchi. The relay to first didn't come close to beating Green, and the Mets seemed to have tied the game. But umpire CB Bucknor completed the double play for the Phils and ended the game when he ruled Anderson had intentionally gone after the second baseman.

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Philadelphia now has won the first three games of the four-game series and is within three of New York in the standings.

Photo credit:  Associated Press

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