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  • Phillies @ Mets: 09/08 7:10 PM ET; SNY, NBCSN; WOR, ESPN, WPHT

    GAME 141, HOME GAME 70

    Saturday, 8th September
    7:10 PM ET
    Citi Field









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  • #2

    Phillies in Position to Clinch Series Against Mets

    -- Rhys Hoskins' tie-breaking homer in the eighth inning Friday night provided a jolt to the National League Cy Young Award hopes of Philadelphia Phillies teammate Aaron Nola. On Saturday, the Phillies will find out if Hoskins' blast had a longer-reaching impact.

    The Phillies will look to lock up their first series win in a month when they play the New York Mets in the middle game of a three-game series at Citi Field. Noah Syndergaard (10-3, 3.33 ERA) is scheduled to take the mound for New York against Philadelphia's Zach Eflin (9-6, 4.05) in a battle of right-handers.

    Hoskins' homer on Friday provided the final run in the Phillies' 4-3 victory and lifted Nola to his 16th win, which ties him with the Washington Nationals' Max Scherzer for the most in the NL.

    Nola is in a three-way battle for the Cy Young Award with Scherzer, the two-time defending winner, and the Mets' Jacob deGrom, who leads the league with a 1.68 ERA. Scherzer and Nola rank second and third at 2.28 and 2.29, respectively.

    Before Hoskins snapped an 0-for-14 skid with his blast, Nola was in danger of allowing three runs or fewer yet not getting a win for the 11th time in 29 starts this season.

    "He's had some tough ones," Hoskins said afterward. "It's always good to pick up a teammate, no matter who it is."

    The homer also helped the Phillies (74-66) pick up ground on the first-place Atlanta Braves in the NL East. Philadelphia, which has lost eight series and split another since sweeping the Miami Marlins from Aug. 2-5, is 2 1/2 games behind the Braves, who lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks Friday night.

    "Cy Young race, the whole drama and everything that's going on, game in a playoff chase with so much on the line," Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. "It was huge for Rhys and obviously huge for Nola and huge for all of us to get that, collectively."

    The Mets (63-77) have long been out of the playoff race, but facing Nola and the Phillies this weekend gives them multiple chances to play the role of spoiler. DeGrom, who is just 8-8 despite his minuscule ERA, is in line to start the series finale Sunday afternoon.

    While the Mets could not deny Nola the win Friday, manager Mickey Callaway took solace in denting his ERA ever so slightly and acknowledged he sensed a renewed energy by players hoping to help out deGrom.

    "I thought getting three runs off of him, hitting a couple homers off of him -- not too many teams are scoring three runs off of him, indicated by his ERA," Callaway said. "(The Cy Young Award race) definitely comes into play. I think you want to go out there and win every night, but certain circumstances definitely enter your mind when they're there."

    Syndergaard looked like a Cy Young Award contender himself in his most recent start last Sunday, when he threw the first complete game of his career in the Mets' 4-1 win over the San Francisco Giants. The 26-year-old allowed just two hits and one walk while striking out 11 in the 114-pitch effort.

    Syndergaard is 4-2 with a 2.60 ERA in eight career starts against the Phillies. In two starts against Philadelphia this season, Syndergaard is 0-1 with a 5.59 ERA.

    Eflin last pitched on Sept. 1, when he lost his second straight start after giving up four runs (three earned) in five innings as the Phillies fell to the Chicago Cubs 7-1. He is 1-2 with a 6.20 ERA in his last four starts, a stretch in which Eflin's ERA has risen from 3.57 to 4.05.

    Eflin is 1-2 with a 4.82 ERA in five career starts against the Mets, and he is 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA. in two starts against New York this year.

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    • #3
      ROSTER MOVE: Prior to tonight's game, the Mets selected the contract of catcher José Lobaton from Las Vegas (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League and transferred RHP Bobby Wahl to the 60-Day Disabled List...Lobaton will wear #59...He has hit .152 (7-46) with two doubles, one triple and three RBI in 19 games with the Mets this season...He batted .348 (46-132) with nine doubles, eight homers and 27 RBI in 39 games this year with Las Vegas...Wahl was 0-1 with a 10.13 ERA (six earned runs/5.1 innings) in seven games for the Mets after he was acquired as part of the Jeurys Familia trade on July 21.

      METSCELLANEOUS: The Mets have won four of their last six games and are 5-5 in their last 10 games...The Mets are 19-14 in their last 33 games and are 31-29 since July 1...New York fell to 12-25 in one-run games.

      BUDDY HARRELSON: Mets Hall of Famer Buddy Harrelson will attend tonight's game to help raise awareness for the Alzheimer's Association...Harrelson is the only person to be in uniform for both Mets championships (as a player in 1969 and as a coach in 1986)...He is a two-time All-Star (1970, 1971) and a Gold Glove winner (1971)...Harrelson, 74, played for the Mets from 1965-1977, was a coach with the club in 1982, 1985-1990 and managed the Mets from 1990-1991...Harrelson suffers from early stage Alzheimer's...More that 5.7 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's and it is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States...To learn more visit

      SINCE THE ALL-STAR BREAK: The Mets have scored 217 runs since the All-Star break, tied for the third-most in the NL and tied for the eighth-most in the majors.

      AT HOME: New York is 15-16 in its last 31 home games...Overall, the Mets are 28-41 at home this year.

      VS. PHILADELPHIA: The Mets have won 20 of their last 26 series vs. the Phillies...New York is 46-25 vs. Philadelphia since the start of the 2015 campaign, including 8-6 this year...New York has out-homered the Phillies, 115-61 since the start of the 2015 season.

      AMED ROSARIO: Had his eight-game hitting streak snapped last night...He went 16-37 (.432) with three doubles, five runs scored, three stolen bases and two RBI during the road trip (eight games)...Rosario is third in the NL with 12 stolen bases since the All-Star break and 11th in the NL with 18 stolen bases overall...Rosario is hitting .343 (37-108) with six doubles, three homers, 14 RBI and 19 runs scored in his last 25 games...Overall, he is tied for sixth in the NL with seven triples.

      MICHAEL CONFORTO: Has three homers and six RBI in his last 10 games and seven homers and 18 RBI in his last 26 games...Overall, he is tied for 10th in the NL with 71 walks...Conforto has 10 homers (tied for 11th in the NL), 28 RBI (tied for 14th in the NL) with a .328 OBP and a .471 slugging percentage since the All- Star break.

      CONFORTO VS. PHILLY: He has 11 home runs and 33 RBI in 43 career games vs. Philadelphia, his highest totals vs. any opponent.

      NOAH NOTES: Noah Syndergaard tossed his first career complete game in his last outing, September 2 at San Francisco, in a 4-1 win...Syndergaard has a 44.0-inning homerless streak, the fourth longest active streak in the majors...He has the third lowest homer per nine (0.44) rate in the majors (min. 120 innings)...He is one of four active pitchers with 70 or more starts and a ERA of 3.00 or lower...Clayton Kershaw is first (2.37), Jacob deGrom is second (2.69), Chris Sale is third (2.88) and Syndergaard is fourth (3.00).

      HIT MACHINE: Jeff McNeil has hit safely in 19 of his last 20 starts and has reached base safely in each of those 20 starts...According to Elias, his on-base streak in starts is the longest Josh Satin (29 starts in 2013)....His .319 (44-138) batting average since his debut on July 24 is ninth in the NL (min. 140 PA)...He hit .330 (34-103) in August, ninth in the NL (min. 100 PA) and had a .373 OBP in August...He has 11 multi-hit games.

      NIMMO NOTES: Brandon Nimmo is fourth in the NL with a .389 OBP, ninth with a .892 OPS, 12th with a .503 slugging percentage, tied for third with eight triples and tied for second with 18 HBP (a single-season franchise record)...He has a career-high 16 homers...Nimmo is slashing .410/.486/.721 with 16 runs scored, nine doubles, two triples, two homers and 11 RBI over his last 17 games...He is fourth in the NL with a .426 OBP since the All-Star break and is tied for 12th with 12 doubles in the second-half.

      JAY BRUCE: Has homered in back-to-back games and has three RBI over those two games...Bruce has hit three homers, three doubles, driven in five runs and has a .561 slugging percentage and .318 OBP in 12 games since returning from the Disabled List on August 24...Bruce hit .212 (45-212) with three homers and 17 RBI in his first 62 games this season.

      ROBERTO CLEMENTE AWARD: Prior to tonight's game, LHP Steven Matz will be honored in a pre-game ceremony as the Mets representative of the Roberto Clemente Award, presented to a player on each team who best represents baseball through character, community involvement and philanthropy on and off the field...Matz hosts his TRU32 program at Citi Field, where he brings NYC first responders and military service members to Mets games...He often takes time out of his schedule to visit area firehouses...Matz is one of 30 nominees eligible to win the league-wide Roberto Clemente Award.

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        Top of 1:
        Phillies first. C.Santana grounded out, pitcher Syndergaard to first baseman Bruce. Bour struck out. W.Ramos walked on a full count. Hoskins flied out to center fielder Nimmo.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 1:
        Mets first. Rosario struck out. McNeil struck out. Conforto grounded out, second baseman C.Hernández to first baseman Bour.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 2:
        Phillies second. A.Cabrera flied out to center fielder Nimmo. N.Williams struck out. C.Hernández singled to center. C.Hernández stole second. O.Herrera was intentionally walked. Eflin struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 2:
        Mets second. Bruce singled to right. Frazier was hit by a pitch, Bruce to second. Nimmo walked on a full count, Bruce to third, Frazier to second. Smith struck out. Nido doubled to left, Bruce scored, Frazier scored, Nimmo scored. Syndergaard struck out. Rosario lined out to center fielder O.Herrera.
        Runs: 3, Hits: 2

        Top of 3:
        Phillies third. C.Santana singled to right. Bour grounded into a double play, shortstop Rosario to second baseman McNeil to first baseman Bruce, C.Santana out. W.Ramos doubled to left. Hoskins walked. A.Cabrera walked, W.Ramos to third, Hoskins to second. N.Williams flied out to right fielder Conforto.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 2

        Bottom of 3:
        Mets third. McNeil tripled to right. Conforto grounded out, third baseman C.Santana to first baseman Bour. Bruce was intentionally walked. Frazier homered to left on a 1-2 count, McNeil scored, Bruce scored. Nimmo flied out to left fielder Hoskins. Smith walked. Nido struck out.
        Runs: 3, Hits: 2

        Top of 4:
        Phillies fourth. C.Hernández singled to left. O.Herrera lined into a double play, first baseman Bruce unassisted, C.Hernández out. Crawford pinch-hitting for Eflin. Crawford flied out to left fielder Smith.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 4:
        Mets fourth. Eickhoff pitching. Syndergaard struck out. Rosario doubled to right. McNeil singled to right, Rosario to third. Conforto struck out. Bruce singled to left, Rosario scored, McNeil to third. Frazier flied out to center fielder O.Herrera.
        Runs: 1, Hits: 3

        Top of 5:
        Phillies fifth. C.Santana grounded out, second baseman McNeil to first baseman Bruce. Bour grounded out, third baseman Frazier to first baseman Bruce. W.Ramos grounded out, shortstop Rosario to first baseman Bruce.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 5:
        Mets fifth. Davis pitching. Nimmo walked on a full count. Smith grounded into fielder's choice, second baseman C.Hernández to third baseman C.Santana, Nimmo out. Nido popped out to second baseman C.Hernández. Syndergaard struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 6:
        Phillies sixth. Reinheimer in as left fielder. Hoskins homered to left on a 0-2 count. A.Cabrera doubled to right. N.Williams grounded out, shortstop Rosario to first baseman Bruce, A.Cabrera to third. C.Hernández hit an infield single to first, A.Cabrera scored. O.Herrera walked on a full count, C.Hernández to second. Franco pinch-hitting for Davis. Franco grounded into a double play, shortstop Rosario to second baseman McNeil to first baseman Bruce, O.Herrera out.
        Runs: 2, Hits: 3

        Bottom of 6:
        Mets sixth. Ramos pitching. Rosario grounded out, second baseman C.Hernández to first baseman Bour. Morgan pitching. McNeil singled to center. Conforto singled to center, McNeil to third. Bruce walked on a full count, Conforto to second. Frazier hit a sacrifice fly to right fielder N.Williams, McNeil scored, Conforto to third. Nimmo singled to center, Conforto scored, Bruce to second. Lu.García pitching. Reinheimer struck out.
        Runs: 2, Hits: 3

        Top of 7:
        Phillies seventh. Conforto in as left fielder. Jackson in as center fielder. Nimmo in as right fielder. Reinheimer in as third baseman. C.Santana singled to center. Bour singled to right, C.Santana to third. W.Ramos singled to center, C.Santana scored, Bour to second. Hoskins struck out. A.Cabrera singled to center, Bour to third, W.Ramos to second. N.Williams popped out to shortstop Rosario. C.Hernández hit an infield single to second, Bour scored, W.Ramos to third, A.Cabrera to second. Blevins pitching. Flores in as first baseman. J.Bautista pinch-hitting for O.Herrera. J.Bautista struck out.
        Runs: 2, Hits: 5

        Bottom of 7:
        Mets seventh. Arano pitching. Altherr in as center fielder. Nido struck out. Flores grounded out, shortstop A.Cabrera to first baseman Bour. Rosario grounded out, shortstop A.Cabrera to first baseman Bour.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 8:
        Phillies eighth. Altherr lined out to center fielder Jackson. C.Santana fouled out to first baseman Flores. Knapp pinch-hitting for Bour. Knapp walked on four pitches. J.Reyes in as third baseman. Gsellman pitching. W.Ramos popped out to right fielder Nimmo.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 8:
        Mets eighth. C.Santana in as first baseman. Avilán pitching. A.Cabrera in as third baseman. Kingery in as shortstop. McNeil grounded out, first baseman C.Santana to pitcher Avilán. Conforto homered to right on a 1-2 count. J.Reyes fouled out to third baseman A.Cabrera. Jackson lined out to left fielder Hoskins.
        Runs: 1, Hits: 1

        Top of 9:
        Phillies ninth. Hoskins hit an infield single to third. A.Cabrera grounded out, second baseman McNeil to first baseman Flores, Hoskins to second. N.Williams hit an infield single to shortstop, Hoskins to third. C.Hernández hit a sacrifice fly to left fielder Conforto, Hoskins scored. Kingery flied out to center fielder Jackson.
        Runs: 1, Hits: 2

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        • #5

          Syndergaard Hit by Line Drive in Mets' 10-5 Win Over Phils

          -- Noah Syndergaard has sent plenty of 100 mph fastballs toward home plate. One of these days, he figured one might come back his way.

          The New York Mets star pitcher is feeling lucky his run-in with a hard line drive Saturday didn't turn out worse.

          Syndergaard left the game after he was hit by Cesar Hernandez's liner in the seventh inning. Still, he managed to slow the Philadelphia Phillies' playoff run despite allowing a career-worst 12 hits and five walks in the Mets' 10-5 victory.

          "That was really the one right there," Syndergaard said, adding that "most of them have been pretty softly hit or on the ground. But it comes with the territory of playing baseball and being a pitcher."

          Syndergaard (11-3) tried to brace himself but was hit on the right lower rib cage when Hernandez lined a 98 mph pitch. Syndergaard picked up the ball but held onto it. The Mets said X-rays were negative.

          The ball came off Hernandez's bat at 103.7 mph.

          "When it happened, I saw my life flash before my eyes a little bit, and at that point I just assumed I was done," Syndergaard said.

          He matched his career high for walks and allowed four runs in 6 2/3 innings.

          Mets rookie second baseman Jeff McNeil, who has reached base safely in his last 21 starts, had three hits, including a triple. His four triples since Aug. 18 lead the league.

          "He's added another dimension to the way our lineup looks," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said.

          "He has a little bit of different skill set than some other guys. He's able to spray the ball around the field. He's great left on left."

          Zach Eflin (9-7) gave up six runs, four hits and three walks in three innings, dropping to 0-3 in his last four starts.

          He struggled after striking out two to retire the Mets in order in the first inning.

          "I think I just got away from my fastball after that," Eflin said. "Was really relying on other pitches I shouldn't have been relying on when my fastball was as good as it was in the first inning."

          Philadelphia, which led the NL East before play Aug. 12, fell 3 1/2 games behind first-place Atlanta and also trails in the NL wild-card race. The Phillies have lost 16 of their last 25. Atlanta beat Arizona 5-4 in 10 innings.

          "This certainly was not our night but I thought there were some real positive things," Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said.

          Tomas Nido hit a three-run double in the second inning and Todd Frazier had a three-run homer in the third. Jay Bruce made it 7-0 with an RBI single in the fourth and Michael Conforto added his 21st homer as the Mets won for the fifth time in their last seven games.

          Rhys Hoskins led off the sixth with his 29th homer and Hernandez singled in a run later in the inning, the first of his three RBIs.


          Syndergaard also walked five against Washington on July 22, 2015. His gave up 10 hits against San Diego and San Francisco in 2015 and also vs. Atlanta this May.

          MAKING MOVES

          Phillies: INF Mitch Walding was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

          Mets: C Jose Lobaton's contract was selected from Triple-A Las Vegas. RHP Bobby Wahl was placed on the 60-day DL to clear a spot on the 40-man roster.

          TRAINER'S ROOM

          Mets: 3B David Wright played in a simulated game and is slated for another Tuesday. He then will speak to chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon to review his status. ... LF Dominic Smith was pulled from the game prior to the sixth inning due to a tight left groin. Callaway said Smith tweaked his groin while stretching out to make a play at first base on Friday night.

          UP NEXT

          Phillies: RHP Vince Velasquez (9-10) is 1-3 with a 3.78 ERA in seven starts against the Mets going into Sunday's outing.

          Mets: RHP Jacob deGrom (8-8, 1.68) has allowed three runs or fewer in a big league record 27 starts this season.

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