With one out and men on the corners, Marlon Anderson's takeout slide was correctly ruled interference by second base umpire C.B. Bucknor, resulting in the third and final out in the Phils’ 3-2 win over the Mets.
In what's turned into the wildest series of the season, the Force was again with the Phillies. Endy Chavez would have scored from third and Tadahito Iguchi’s throw would have never been in time to double up Shawn Green's slow roller. Replays showed Anderson did in fact cheat and go up high with the body. The actual save went to Brett Myers, his 13th and possibly 13th best, but Bucknor earns the Beerleaguer save for making the correct call in the heat of battle.
Pat Burrell and Jimmy Rollins both homered. The wacky ending overshadowed a solid night of pitching by Jamie Moyer (12-10), who allowed eight hits, two runs and stuck out four in six innings of work. J.C. Romero, Tom Gordon and Myers each worked scoreless frames, with Bucknor earning the assist for the last one.
With the win, the Phils drew to three back of the Mets in the NL East. They try for the four-game sweep tomorrow afternoon. More tomorrow ...
Note: Bucknor was involved in an identical game-ending, first-and-third, one-out interference play at second in a 2004 game between Detroit and KC. Thanks to alert reader Burt for the heads up.