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NEW YORK - Former UNC Asheville great Ty Wigginton had a career-high six RBI for the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday as Philadelphia downed the New York Mets, 8-4 at Citi Field.
Wigginton had a two-run double in the third inning, a run-scoring single in the sixth that gave the Phillies the lead for good plus a three-run homer in the ninth inning to account for his big day. He went 3-for-3 with a walk.
Wigginton, who went into the Big South Hall of Fame last spring, played for the Bulldogs from 1996-98.
The win was an important one for the Phillies after losing to the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday when their top pitcher Roy Halladay went out with an injury. His status is not known for the near future.
Wigginton told MLB.com that Philadelphia wouldn't panic.
"It's a veteran club," Wigginton explained. "A lot of guys understand these kinds of things happen throughout the year. We all understand that there are times guys need to step up. Just play baseball. It's a long season. We're going to have a few more little things that pop up throughout the year. That's just the way the baseball season works."
Wigginton stepped up. Mets left-hander Jonathon Niese allowed just two hits through five-plus innings, but they were big ones. Niese walked Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino with two outs in the third before Wigginton doubled to clear the bases and the Phillies a 2-0 lead. Wigginton walked to begin the sixth before John Mayberry Jr. hit a two-run homer to left to make it 4-2.
Wigginton then hit a 100-mph fastball from Bobby Parnell for a single with two outs in the seventh inning to score Jimmy Rollins to give the Phillies a 5-4 lead.
"It was a 3-2 count, and you're trying to make sure he gets you a strike," Wigginton said. "You want to take your walk if he's going to allow. He left one right there, and fortunately I was able to get it up the middle. That was definitely the goal."The UNC Asheville Hall of Fame member is hitting .256 on the year with four home runs and 22 RBI