PHILADELPHIA — Ryan Howard isn’t sure what to expect when he likely plays his final game in a Phillies uniform on Sunday.
“I’ll just show up and see what happens,” Howard said after getting four standing ovations and being called out of the dugout in the Phillies’ 5-3 loss to the Mets on Saturday.
The 36-year-old slugger, the only player remaining from the Phillies’ 2008 World Series title team, brought the fans out of their seats when he hit a game-tying, two-run homer in the fifth inning.
Howard turned on a 1-0 fastball from Mets starter Bartolo Colon, driving his 25th homer of the season into the right-field seats.
At the urging of fans, Howard, who is expected to receive a $10 million buyout from the Phillies after the season, stepped to the top of the dugout steps and raised his right hand in appreciation.
“The curtain call was awesome,” Howard said. “It was good to be able to do it and tie the game.”
His home run was his 382nd for the Phillies and tied him with Jim Rice and Frank Howard for 67th place on baseball’s all-time list.
Howard is averaging a home run every 9.69 at-bats since the All-Star break. Thirty-five of his 65 hits this season have gone for extra bases.
“He’s been swinging the bat well,” Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. “He’s been great. He gets along with all the guys. (Sunday) will be fun to watch. . Hopefully he’ll hit another one.”
NO RELIEF IN SIGHT
The Phillies’ bullpen has allowed 62 earned runs in their last 58 1/3 innings over the past 14 games. In fact, 20 of the last 27 relievers used by the Phils have given up at least one earned run.
IN A PINCH
Darin Ruf’s pinch-hit home run in the seventh inning was his second of the season and third of his career. It was the Phils’ fourth pinch-hit homer of the year.
HECTOR WTH A K
Phillies reliever Hector Neris has 102 strikeouts, the most by a Phillies reliever since Dick Selma fanned 153 batters in 1970.
BUNTING HIS WAY
Cesar Hernandez recorded the Phillies’ first hit against Colon when he led off the fourth inning with a bunt single. It was his 15th bunt single, tops in the National League and the most in a single season by a Phillies player since Larry Bowa had 15 in 1975.
Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis, who left Friday night’s game in the seventh inning with tightness in his left hamstring, did not play. He was replaced in the lineup by Andres Blanco.
The regular season ends Sunday, with RHP Gabriel Ynoa scheduled to face Phillies RHP Jerad Eickhoff (11-14, 3.72).