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Jonathan Papelbon becomes Philly saves leader; also leads Boston list

PHILADELPHIA -- Jonathan Papelbon surpassed Jose Mesa as the Phillies' saves leader with 113 after finishing for his seventh save in seven tries this season to capa 3-2 win Wednesday night over the Pirates.

"I've always said a closer is nobody without the teammates in front of him," Papelbon said. "It's ironic because tonight I couldn't get that opportunity if my teammates don't pick me up."

Papelbon, who also isBoston's saves leader with 219, walked Francisco Cervelli to start the ninth.

After striking out Neil Walker, Papelbon's pickoff attempt on pinch runner Steve Lombardozzi sailed down the right-field line and allowed the runner to advance to third.

Then,Jordy Mercer lofted a foul fly to right.Jeff Francoeurmade the catch and a no-hop throw to catcher Carlos Ruiz to get Lombardozzi.

"Oh, man, I don't even know what just happened," Papelbon said, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. "I guess if there's one way to do it, that's the way to do it, go out an exciting way."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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