Phillies Rally in the 9th for a Walk-Off-Win

They beat the Astros 5-4 in the home opener

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 Friday and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Houston Astros 5-4.

On a day where Brett Myers nearly stuck it to his old team by outdueling Roy Halladay, the Phillies had some comeback drama on opening day.

Trailing 4-2 to start the ninth, the Phillies got going when Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard started with singles off Lyon (0-1). After Raul Ibanez popped up, Rollins stole third and Ben Francisco lined an RBI single. Carlos Ruiz followed with a single and Wilson Valdez hit a tying single that kept the bases loaded with one out.

Mayberry then sent a shot over drawn-in center fielder Michael Bourn, kicking off a celebration after he touched first base. He then got a shaving cream pie in the face during a postgame interview.

Ryan Madson (1-0) earned the win with a scoreless inning in relief.

Myers, the Phillies' opening-day starter from 2007-09, allowed two runs -- one earned -- and three hits in seven innings.

Halladay, the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner, allowed one run and five hits, striking out six in six innings. Myers had two of those hits.

A day that began with big snow flurries falling followed by a steady drizzle that canceled batting practice ended up being pretty decent. It was only 41 degrees, but the skies were clear by the time Halladay threw the first pitch at 1:10.

A crowd of 45,237 was the 124th consecutive regular-season sellout at Citizens Bank Park.

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