As a result, Papelbon was credited with his second win of the season -- the same total as Opening Day starter, Cole Hamels.
Regardless, for as exciting as Frandsen's heroics were, they do not mask the elephant sitting in the center of the room. Between poor bullpen work and mediocre fielding, the Phillies have caused quite a bit of heartache this season.
Saturday was no different.
The Phillies were up six runs going into the seventh inning agains the Mets, but the bullpen couldn't hang onto the lead. Michael Stutes allowed four runs without recording an out in the seventh as the Phillies' lead shunk to two runs. With set-up man Mike Adams back on the disabled list, manager Charlie Manuel used Justin De Fratus, Jake Diekman and Antonio Bastardo to old off the Mets through the eighth inning.
That's where the normally efficient Papelbon got into trouble.
With one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, Papelbon gave up a solo home run to Jordany Valdespin. David Wright then reached first on an error by Michael Young and eventually scored to tie the game with two outs.
Fortunately for the Phillies, Frandsen didn't allow anyone to wallow in the misery of another blown save as he smoked a 1-0 pitch from Carlos Torres to end it.
For Frandsen, it was his third homer of the year. As a pinch-hitter, Frandsen is 7 for 22 (.318) with two doubles, the homer and six RBIs. He's also drawn a pair of walks as a pinch hitter.
Meanwhile, Frandsen's heroics and the shoddy performance from the bullpen masked a pretty solid afternoon for Ryan Howard, who clubbed a pair of homers, drove in four runs and went 3 for 4. Michael Young also homered and Dom Brown ripped a pair of doubles. Chase Utley struck out three times, but got his first hit since his return from the disabled list for a strained oblique muscle.
Hitting in the seventh spot after spending most of the season as the leadoff man, Ben Revere went 2 for 4 with an RBI and three stolen bases.
The Phillies and the Mets close out the series on Sunday afternoon when John Lannan (0-1, 5.49) faces Mets' ace Matt Harvey (6-1, 2.16). First pitch is scheduled for 1:35 p.m.