It looked as if "R.I.P." was already etched in the Phillies' headstone.

The Phillies had been thoroughly dominated by Matt Harvey and the underachieving Mets bullpen Wednesday. They only managed two hits, one on the fourth pitch of the game and didn't record another until the eighth inning.

Then a slumping Ryan Howard came to the plate and smashed a pitch deep into the New York night sky that landed just above the second deck in right field. It was a two-run homer, and edged the Phillies back into playoff contention with a 3-2 win against the Mets.

"That's Kobe Bryant with 10 seconds left in the fourth quarter," Juan Pierre said in the clubhouse after the game.