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  • Phillies @ Mets: 09/06 1:10 PM ET; SNY, NBCSN, MLBN; WCBS, ESPN, WPHT

    GAME 41, HOME GAME 20

    Sunday, 6th September
    1:10 PM ET
    Citi Field









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    deGrom Hopes for Rare Win as Mets Host Phillies

    A win by a New York Mets starting pitcher can be a rare sight, a feeling Jacob deGrom is quite familiar with at times.

    The Mets will send deGrom to the mound Sunday afternoon looking for an even rarer second straight win by a New York starter when the Mets host the Philadelphia Phillies, who will start their own ace in Aaron Nola.

    The Mets (18-22) are coming off a 5-1 victory on Saturday night when Seth Lugo pitched five innings and New York scored in four straight innings. Lugo's win represented New York's first win by a starting pitcher since rookie David Peterson on Aug. 13 and marked the fourth time in the past 10 games a starting pitcher even made it to the fifth.

    "I think we played all-around good baseball tonight," Lugo said. "I think it was a good team win. The whole team contributed today and it showed."

    The 19-game gap between wins by a starting pitcher tied the team record set in 1980 according to the Elias Sports Bureau. This year, the Mets went 8-11 while starters were 0-4 and in 1980, the Mets went 1-18 with their starting pitchers going 0-13.

    In that gap, deGrom (2-1, 1.76 ERA) has two of his four no-decisions. He has 30 no-decisions since the start of the 2018 season.

    He is coming off four straight starts against the Miami Marlins and accumulated 36 of his 58 strikeouts in that span. deGrom allowed seven runs (four earned) in 24 innings in those starts but took the loss Monday when he allowed four runs (one earned) on six hits in six innings.

    In 15 career starts against Philadelphia, deGrom is 7-1 with a 2.23 ERA

    New York is 5-14 in its last 19 games against the Phillies (19-16), who are 10-2 over their last 12 games.

    Philadelphia is coming off one of its worst games of late as it struck out a season-high 13 times and did little offensively beyond Rhys Hoskins' fifth homer in seven games.

    Harper, who is 7-for-47 (.149) in his last 15 games, returned after getting Friday opener and had a rough game. He committed a mental miscue that allowed a run to score and then was ejected by first base umpire Roberto Ortiz, who will be behind the plate Sunday.

    "I've never even gone into detail about what I usually say, but tonight I just didn't think that was warranted," Harper said. "I hate being thrown out of games when I believe it's not warranted."

    Philadelphia will hope to produce a better display for Nola (4-2, 2.45), who is 8-1 with a 2.87 ERA in 14 career starts against the Mets. Nola dominated the Mets Aug. 15 when he scattered three hits and struck out eight in seven innings of a 6-2 win.

    Nola followed up his start against the Mets by lasting 2 2/3 innings in an 11-2 loss at Atlanta but in consecutive starts against the Washington Nationals, the right-hander allowed two runs and struck out 17 in 15 innings.

    In Tuesday's 6-0 win over the Nationals, he threw his curveball 34 times and got 12 swings and misses on the pitch.

    "You could see that his stuff was really good right from the beginning," Phillies manager Joe Girardi said. "Even the first fastball he threw. It started off the plate and came back."

    Nola will likely pitch to a New York lineup that includes Pete Alonso, who was rested Saturday. The Mets' lineup against Nola may also include rookie Andres Gimenez after the shortstop drove in two runs Saturday.

    "We just want to put the best team out there each day," Mets manager Luis Rojas said.

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      Top of 1:
      Phillies first. McCutchen flied out to right fielder Conforto. Hoskins struck out. Harper singled to center. Harper stole second. Harper stole third. Gregorius lined out to right fielder Conforto.
      Runs: 0, Hits: 1

      Bottom of 1:
      Mets first. Nimmo singled to center. Nimmo was caught stealing, catcher Knapp to shortstop Gregorius, Nimmo out. Conforto doubled to right. Davis grounded out, third baseman Bohm to first baseman Hoskins. Smith doubled to center, Conforto scored. Canó popped out to shortstop Gregorius.
      Runs: 1, Hits: 3

      Top of 2:
      Phillies second. Segura struck out. Bohm struck out. Knapp homered to left on a 1-0 count. Walker struck out.
      Runs: 1, Hits: 1

      Bottom of 2:
      Mets second. Alonso homered to left on the first pitch. McNeil grounded out, second baseman Segura to first baseman Hoskins. Ramos struck out. Giménez struck out, catcher Knapp to first baseman Hoskins.
      Runs: 1, Hits: 1

      Top of 3:
      Phillies third. Haseley struck out. McCutchen grounded out, third baseman Davis to first baseman Smith. Hoskins struck out.
      Runs: 0, Hits: 0

      Bottom of 3:
      Mets third. Nimmo struck out. Conforto grounded out, second baseman Segura to first baseman Hoskins. Davis struck out.
      Runs: 0, Hits: 0

      Top of 4:
      Phillies fourth. Harper walked on a full count. Gregorius grounded into fielder's choice, first baseman Smith to shortstop Giménez, Harper out. Segura struck out. Bohm struck out.
      Runs: 0, Hits: 0

      Bottom of 4:
      Mets fourth. Smith hit a ground-rule double to left. Canó safe at second on fielder's choice plus fielding error by third baseman Bohm, Smith to third. Alonso struck out, catcher Knapp to first baseman Hoskins. McNeil was intentionally walked. Ramos struck out. Giménez singled to right, Smith scored, Canó scored, McNeil to third. Nimmo grounded out, third baseman Bohm to first baseman Hoskins.
      Runs: 2, Hits: 2

      Top of 5:
      Phillies fifth. Knapp popped out to shortstop Giménez. Walker doubled to right. Haseley grounded out, first baseman Smith to pitcher deGrom, Walker to third. McCutchen struck out.
      Runs: 0, Hits: 1

      Bottom of 5:
      Mets fifth. Conforto doubled to center. Davis struck out. Smith struck out. Canó safe at first on fielding error by first baseman Hoskins, Conforto scored. Alonso struck out.
      Runs: 1, Hits: 1

      Top of 6:
      Phillies sixth. Hoskins grounded out, shortstop Giménez to first baseman Smith. Harper grounded out, first baseman Smith to pitcher deGrom. Gregorius struck out.
      Runs: 0, Hits: 0

      Bottom of 6:
      Mets sixth. McNeil homered to right on a 2-2 count. Ramos struck out. Hembree pitching. Giménez struck out. Nimmo homered to right on the first pitch. Conforto was hit by a pitch. Davis grounded out, pitcher Hembree to first baseman Hoskins.
      Runs: 2, Hits: 2

      Top of 7:
      Phillies seventh. Segura lined out to center fielder Nimmo. Bohm struck out. Knapp walked on a full count. Walker struck out.
      Runs: 0, Hits: 0

      Bottom of 7:
      Mets seventh. Llovera pitching. Smith singled to center. Canó flied out to right fielder Harper. Alonso doubled to center, Smith to third. McNeil was hit by a pitch. Ramos struck out. Giménez grounded out, pitcher Llovera to first baseman Hoskins.
      Runs: 0, Hits: 2

      Top of 8:
      Phillies eighth. Brach pitching. Rosario in as shortstop. Guillorme in as second baseman. Giménez in as third baseman. Haseley walked. McCutchen flied out to left fielder McNeil. Hoskins grounded into a double play, shortstop Rosario to second baseman Guillorme to first baseman Smith, Haseley out.
      Runs: 0, Hits: 0

      Bottom of 8:
      Mets eighth. Nimmo singled to left. Conforto singled to center, Nimmo to second. Rosario walked, Nimmo to third, Conforto to second. Smith doubled to right, Nimmo scored, Conforto scored, Rosario to third. Parker pitching. Guillorme hit a ground-rule double to left, Rosario scored, Smith scored. Alonso homered to left on the first pitch, Guillorme scored. McNeil grounded out, second baseman Segura to first baseman Hoskins. Ramos homered to right on the first pitch. Giménez struck out. Nimmo struck out.
      Runs: 7, Hits: 6

      Top of 9:
      Phillies ninth. Shreve pitching. Gosselin pinch-hitting for Harper. Gosselin struck out. Gregorius lined out to right fielder Conforto. Garlick pinch-hitting for Segura. Garlick singled to center. Bohm struck out.
      Runs: 0, Hits: 1

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        DeGrom Shines vs Phils' Nola, Mets Get 17 Hits in 14-1 Romp

        -- Jacob deGrom brought his A-game and got ample help from Mets teammates in a clash against another NL East ace.

        Philadelphia never really gave Aaron Nola a chance.

        DeGrom struck out 12 over seven innings, Nola was let down by lackluster defense and New York poured it on with a season-best 17 hits in a 14-1 victory over the Phillies on Sunday.

        Pete Alonso homered twice, Jeff McNeil hit his first shot of the season, and Brandon Nimmo and Wilson Ramos also went deep for the Mets, who have won four of five. Dominic Smith had a career-high four hits, matched a franchise record with three doubles and drove in three.

        DeGrom (3-1) allowed three hits and two walks while lowering his ERA to 1.69. With three weeks left in this pandemic-shortened regular season, the two-time reigning NL Cy Young Award winner is a prime candidate for a three-peat in a field that also features the Cubs' Yu Darvish and Braves' Max Fried.

        "I've said that almost every year coming in, that's a personal goal of mine," deGrom said. "Winning two in a row, honestly, doesn't even really feel like it's sunk in yet. ... I prepared this offseason and this summer with that goal in mind."

        Brad Brach and Chasen Shreve closed out New York's four-hitter.

        McNeil and Alonso connected off Nola, but the rest of New York's damage against the Phillies ace was aided by defensive miscues.

        Center fielder Adam Haseley got turned around on Smith's first-inning RBI double, and third baseman Alec Bohm botched a rundown that set up Andres Gimenez's two-run single in the fourth. First baseman Rhys Hoskins booted Robinson Cano's hard-hit grounder in the fifth, allowing Michael Conforto to score from second. Bohm and Hoskins were given errors.

        Nola (4-3) was charged with three earned runs and six total over 5 1/3 innings. He struck out 10, walked one and allowed eight hits.

        "Maybe the only runs he should've given up were the two solo home runs," manager Joe Girardi said.

        Andrew Knapp hit his first homer of the season off deGrom in the second. The Phillies backup catcher is hitting .462 this season in 14 games.

        Phillies left fielder Andrew McCutchen added another misplay in the eighth, taking a poor route on Luis Guillorme's flyball that went for a two-run, ground-rule double.

        "We did not play well today was the bottom line," Girardi said. "And we have to play well tomorrow and find a way to win."

        Philadelphia has dropped two straight after winning 10 of 11 and is just 1 1/2 games ahead of the Mets for second place in the NL East.

        "I know this team has the capability of going on a tear," Alonso said.

        Alonso hit his ninth homer of the season off the facing of the second deck against Nola in the second inning and added a two-run shot off Blake Parker in the eighth. The slumping slugger also doubled after entering the game hitting .210. He has four homers in his past four games.

        Nimmo and Conforto had three hits each. Ramos struck out four times before hitting a solo shot off Parker in the eighth.

        ACE OFF

        This was just the second time deGrom and Nola pitched against each other. The other was in 2018, when deGrom left after one inning in his return from the injured list.

        DeGrom induced 35 whiffs, matching the most by a pitcher in one game since at least 2008, according to The others were Kansas City's Danny Duffy in 2016 and the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw in 2015.

        Alonso said.

        CUT AND RUN

        Bryce Harper took the field with a fresh haircut and fresh legs a night after being ejected arguing a fair-foul call Saturday night. Harper's hair had been down to his shoulders throughout the season, but he had several inches removed in the 14 hours between the end of Saturday's game and Sunday's first pitch.

        Harper lined a first-inning single off deGrom and promptly stole second and third base. Harper has seven stolen bases this season.

        The $330 million slugger finished 1 for 2 with a walk before being replaced late in the blowout.


        McNeil led off the sixth with his first homer a year after hitting 23 during an All-Star season. McNeil was one of three qualified hitters without a homer in 2020 entering Sunday, along with the Cardinals' Kolten Wong and Royals' Adalberto Mondesi.

        Teammates ignored McNeil when he returned to the dugout - a prank usually reserved for rookies after their first big league blast. They broke a few seconds after he returned and mobbed the 28-year-old.


        Phillies: OF Jay Bruce (left quadriceps strain) and CF Roman Quinn (concussion protocol) were both added to the injured list. OF Kyle Garlick and RHP Mauricio Llovera were called up. Llovera made his big league debut and loaded the bases twice. He escaped the jam in the seventh, but not the eighth. ... Philadelphia added C Henri Lartigue, 3B Luke Williams and LHP Jeff Singer to their 60-man player pool.

        Mets: RHP Robert Gsellman has been taken out of the rotation and put back in the bullpen. RHP Michael Wacha will start Tuesday against Baltimore. ... RHP Franklyn Kilome was placed on the 10-day injured list with a split fingernail retroactive to Sept. 2.

        UP NEXT

        Phillies RHP Zack Wheeler (4-0, 2.20) makes his second start against his former team and first at Citi Field in the finale of this four-game series. The Mets will counter with rookie LHP David Peterson (4-1, 3.03).

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