PHILADELPHIA — The final game of the 2016 season will be infinitely more memorable for Ryan Howard than for the Mets, who used it solely as a tuneup for postseason play.
During and after a pregame celebration in his honor on Sunday, Howard received multiple ovations from one of the Phillies’ largest home crowds of the season: 36,935 strong on a chilly autumn day at Citizens Bank Park. Howard finished 0-for-4 in the final game of his 13-year career in Philadelphia, a 5-2 win over the Mets.
A day after clinching a postseason berth and home-field advantage for the National League Wild Card Game, the Mets were mostly interested in resting key players while waiting to learn the identity of their next opponent. Pitching in place of Noah Syndergaard, who will start the Wild Card Game on Wednesday, Gabriel Ynoa held the Phillies to one run over 4 2/3 innings. His counterpart, righty Jerad Eickhoff, struck out eight over six innings.
The Phillies took the lead for good on Cesar Hernandez‘s RBI single in the seventh inning, part of a three-run rally. That gave Philadelphia a final record of 71-91, good for fourth place in the NL East. The Mets finished second in the division, at 87-75.
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