LaTroy Hawkins earns 100th career save as Mets sweep Phillies

Mets pitcher LaTroy Hawkins, left and Anthony Recker

Mets pitcher LaTroy Hawkins, left and Anthony Recker celebrate after the Mets defeated the Philadelphia Phillies. (Sept. 22, 2013) (Credit: AP )

PHILADELPHIA - LaTroy Hawkins earned his 100th career save and the Mets moved into a third-place tie in the NL East Sunday with a series-sweeping 4-3 win over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

Shortstop Wilfredo Tovar drove in the tying run against Cliff Lee (14-7) with his first major-league hit, a single in the seventh inning. The go-ahead run scored when Domonic Brown bobbled the single in leftfield for an error.

Hawkins earned his 12th save of the season when he worked around a leadoff single in the ninth by striking out Cesar Hernandez and Jimmy Rollins with the tying run on second to end the game. Carlos Torres (4-5) allowed two runs in six innings for the win.

The Mets and Phillies both are 71-84 with a week to go in the season.

Hawkins was not impressed with his 100th save or the Mets' place in the standings.

"What difference does it make?" he said of third place. "We didn't make the playoffs . . . Fight it out the last seven days for third place, I guess. Woo! Exciting."

Of his 100th save, the 40-year-old Hawkins said: "When I came into this year, I didn't think I had any chance to get it. Really didn't. Baseball's a crazy game."

Hawkins said he plans to pitch next season.

"I will play next year," he said. "If somebody gives me a job."

Hawkins' milestone impressed Mets manager Terry Collins.

"I think the most excited [the players] were was for LaTroy Hawkins," he said. "100th save in his career. Big milestone."

The go-ahead hit also was a big milestone for Tovar, who was called up from his home in Venezuela when Ruben Tejada broke his right fibula on Wednesday.

Tovar, who played for Double-A Binghamton, was 2-for-4 in his first big-league appearance.

After the game, in their annual ritual, the Mets dressed up their rookies as a wedding party. Hawkins posted a photo on Twitter of Zack Wheeler as the bride. The rest of the rookies wore purple bridesmaid dresses.

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