ST. LOUIS -- The text message was waiting on Willie Harris' phone when he got to his locker. It was from Terry Pendleton, his former hitting coach with the Braves: "Way to go."

Just because the Mets have no shot at October baseball doesn't mean they can't have an impact on the playoff races. Harris helped out Atlanta in a big way Thursday with a two-out, two-run single in the ninth inning that snapped a 6-6 tie and completed the Mets' 8-6 comeback victory at Busch Stadium.

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The Mets trailed 6-2 heading into the ninth before rallying on Justin Turner's bases-loaded walk, an RBI single by Jose Reyes and a tying two-run double by Ruben Tejada. Harris delivered the winning hit, a line drive to right off Fernando Salas.

"What it means to us is that's our job," Harris said. "When you go to work, you should go to work hard. When we come here, we come here to win."

Notes & quotes:Lucas Duda reported no dizziness or other worrisome symptoms the morning after Wednesday's collision with a rightfield fence post. Collins chose to sit him . . . Jason Bay missed his third straight game because of illness.