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Mets starter Jonathon Niese pitches during the third inning against the Philadelphia Phillies, Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, in Philadelphia.(Credit: AP)

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PHILADELPHIA - In his final moments before entering the history books Friday night, Bartolo Colon sat in the Mets' clubhouse, where he watched on television as a tense ninth inning unfolded with his 200th victory at stake.

Through a translator, Colon said he was "praying for the ball to stay in the ballpark," a request that soon was answered when the Mets won, 5-4, though only after surviving the Phillies' furious rally.

Colon's milestone win came only after Grady Sizemore missed a game-tying grand slam by a few feet, his drive hitting near the top of the rightfield fence. Later, rightfielder Curtis Granderson made a sliding catch to take away a run-scoring hit from Carlos Ruiz.

Closer Jenrry Mejia inherited a pair of baserunners and allowed two hits but survived a rough ninth, freezing Reid Brignac to end it. Mejia called it "the hardest save" of the season.

Colon, a 41-year-old righthander, joined Pedro Martinez and Juan Marichal as the only pitchers born in the Dominican Republic to win 200 games.

Colon (11-9) said he was "really happy to be in that category." He got there by holding the Phillies to just one run in eight innings. He was also backed by a sagging Mets offense that sprang to life against Phillies righty A.J. Burnett, battering him for five runs and 11 hits in six innings.

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Following a four-run fourth, catcher Travis d'Arnaud drilled a solo shot in the fifth that opened up a 5-0 lead. The Mets entered the ninth leading 5-1.

But lefty Dana Eveland allowed a double to Chase Utley, then walked Ryan Howard, prompting manager Terry Collins to summon Mejia. After Marlon Byrd singled to load the bases, Sizemore hit a laser off the fence, good enough for a two-run double.

But Granderson's catch helped turn the tide for Mejia, and helped to preserve a slice of history for Colon.

"I didn't want Bartolo to get mad," Mejia said with a laugh. "I wanted to save this game."

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