Phils Take Opener With Walk-Off-Win

Fans who stuck it out until the end got a great come-from-behind finish.

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Pinch-hitter John Mayberry, Jr. lined an RBI single off closer Brandon Lyon that capped a three-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning this afternoon and the Phillies beat the Houston Astros 5-4.
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David Uram sells programs outside of Citizens Bank Park on opening day for the Philadelphia Phillies on April 1, 2011.
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The morning snow and rain moved out in time for the early afternoon game against the Houston Astros.
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The grounds crew folded up the tarp to make way for what ended up being the best home game opener in the last six years.
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For fans who stuck it out through the cold and misty afternoon, the bottom of the ninth made it worth every shivering moment.
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Roy Oswalt lead the team onto the field. Look at that sea of red!
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And Roy Halladay took the mound for the second year in row to open the season at home.
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Wilson Valdez slides into second for a double during the third inning. The game was scoreless until the Astros went up one run in the 6th, then three more in the 7th. The Phillies answered back with two runs in the bottom of the 7th. Astros were winning 4-2. No one scored in the 8th.
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For fans who stuck it out until the very end, it was worth every penny,
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But the bats came back to life for the Phils in the bottom of the 9th. After five singles, one run and one out, the bases were loaded and the Phils were down by one when pinch-hitter John Mayberry Jr. lined an RBI single.
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That brought in two more runs, giving the Phillies a walk-of-win.
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It's the first time in six years that we've won a home opener.
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Final score 5-4. Well worth a pie in the face for Mayberry.
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