In a must-win game, the Mets came from behind for the second straight day. They rallied twice to defeat the Phillies by a score of 10-6, earning a series victory. Additionally, this win moves the Mets to within a game and a half of a playoff spot. Meanwhile, the Phillies have now lost six of their last seven games. They still cling to the final NL playoff spot by a half-game.
The Mets scored three runs in the first, but trailed 6-3 entering the sixth inning. However, Pete Alonso smacked a solo homer to cut the Philly lead down to 6-4. The homer was his team-leading 12th of the season. Additionally, Brandon Nimmo chipped in a two-run triple later in the inning, evening up the score.
That was not the last time Nimmo came up big in the game. With the game still tied, he led off the top of the ninth inning with a solo homer, giving the Mets a 7-6 lead. However, the Mets were not done there, as Dominic Smith smacked an RBI triple. Robinson Canó capped off the rally with a two-run homer, putting the Mets up 10-6.
Bullpen Bails Out Lugo
Seth Lugo struggled mightily on the mound on Thursday. After getting handed a 3-0 lead, Lugo immediately surrendered three straight homers in the bottom of the first to Bryce Harper, Alec Bohm, and Didi Gregorius. Harper would add another homer in the second inning, and Lugo’s night ended shortly thereafter. He was charged with six runs and eight hits, and he only recorded five outs.
However, the Mets’ bullpen stepped up in a big way. Erasmo Ramírez and Chasen Shreve both tossed 2.1 scoreless innings, with Shreve not even allowing a baserunner. While Jeurys Familia and Justin Wilson found themselves with traffic on the base-paths, they kept the Phillies at bay as well. Additionally, Wilson earned his second win of the season. Edwin Díaz loaded the bases in the ninth inning but got Andrew McCutchen to ground out to secure the victory.
The Mets head home to open a three-game series with the division-leading Braves on Friday. Steven Matz will get the start against Max Fried. Both starters were recently activated from the injured list. Matz has had a rough season, with an ugly 8.63 ERA and nine homers allowed in 24 innings. Before getting injured, Matz was moved to the bullpen. Meanwhile, Fried has had a fantastic season. He has a 1.98 ERA/2.52 FIP (244 ERA+) with 47 strikeouts and no homers allowed in 50 innings.
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