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  • Phillies @ Mets: 09/06 7:10 PM ET; SNY, NBCSN; WCBS, ESPN, WPHT

    GAME 140, HOME GAME 65

    Friday, 6th September
    7:10 PM ET
    Citi Field









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    Phillies Visit Mets for Critical Series

    The New York Mets host their National League East rivals, the Philadelphia Phillies, in the opener of a key three-game series Friday night.

    Both teams need wins to keep pace in the NL wild-card race, with both still alive despite time running out in the regular season to overtake the two teams currently holding wild cards, the Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs.

    Right-hander Zach Eflin (8-11, 4.33 ERA) is set to start for the Phillies, against the Mets' Steven Matz (9-8, 4.04).

    The Phillies (72-67) lost 4-3 to the Cincinnati Reds in 11 innings on Thursday afternoon. But they are 10-6 against the Mets this season.

    This is the first season in which the Phillies won the season series with the Mets since 2009. But they have not been able to gain much ground in the wild-card race, with a 5-5 record in their last 10 games and a 15-15 mark in their last 30.

    New York (71-68) has won four of six, but one of the losses was a crushing 11-10 defeat to the Washington Nationals in which the Mets blew a six-run lead in the ninth inning, a franchise-worst.

    The Mets are 25-12 in their last 37 games but 4-8 in their last 12.

    Eflin is 1-1 in three starts against the Mets this season, with a 5.63 ERA. But he allowed just one run on three hits in seven innings against them on Sunday, his last start. In his career against the Mets, Eflin is 3-4 with a 5.37 ERA.

    Matz is 2-2 with a 9.00 ERA against the Phillies this season, with four starts and one relief appearance. He gave up eight runs (six earned) without getting an out in a start at the Phillies in April, and on June 24 gave up seven earned runs on 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings in Philadelphia. Matz is 2-4 with a 5.82 ERA in 10 career games (nine starts) against the Phillies.

    Philadelphia left Cincinnati 3 1/2 games behind the Cubs for the second wild card.

    "We still have plenty of time, but we have to turn it around quickly," Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto told the team's website. "We're three or four games out with three weeks left in the season with some really important games against some really good teams. So we have time to do it, but we have to do it pretty quickly."

    The Mets' roller coaster of a season somehow still has them alive for a one-game playoff.

    "We battle, we have each other's back," slugger Pete Alonso, who has 45 home runs on the season, told the New York Daily News. "I think that's been the key for us all year. We've come so far, and we're just going to keep on pushing forward, keep pushing each other in the best way possible and just keep working."

    Mets catcher Wilson Ramos, a former Phillie, faces his former team on the heels of a 26-game hitting streak that ended Wednesday. Ramos' streak tied David Wright for the second-longest in club history.

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      • The Phillies have won 10 of 16 meetings with the Mets, the first time they've taken the season series between the teams since 2011. Philadelphia went 33-62 against New York from 2014-18, their lowest winning percentage vs. any National League team over that period.
      • The Mets have lost a season-high six straight home games, a stretch in which they were held to two runs or fewer four times and hit a collective .146 with runners in scoring position. Since the All-Star break, the Mets are averaging 5.9 runs per game while batting .285 on the road and 4.5 runs per game with a .235 average at Citi Field.
      • Pete Alonso hit his NL-leading 45th home run Wednesday in Washington to extend his on-base streak to 30 games, the longest in-season run by an NL rookie since current teammate Todd Frazier also did so in 30 straight with the Reds in 2012.
      • Bryce Harper reached 30 homers and 100 RBI during Philadelphia's just-completed series with the Reds to become the first Phillies outfielder since Pat Burrell in 2005 with a 30-homer, 100-RBI season. He's the first Phillie to hit those marks in his first season with the team since Jim Thome (47 HR, 131 RBI) in 2003.
      • Cesar Hernandez is 15-for-30 with five multi-hit games during an eight-game hitting streak at Citi Field and is 9-for-17 lifetime off Steven Matz, the Mets' scheduled starter for Friday.
      • Matz is 3-1 with a 1.29 ERA in four starts at Citi Field since rejoining the Mets' rotation after the All-Star break. Matz has a 6.08 ERA on the road and a 2.01 ERA at home this season, the second-largest difference among pitchers with at least 10 starts home and away in 2019 (Adam Wainwright, 6.54/2.43).
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          Top of 1:
          Phillies first. Segura struck out. Realmuto flied out to left fielder McNeil. Harper lined out to shortstop Rosario.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Bottom of 1:
          Mets first. McNeil grounded out, shortstop Segura to first baseman Hoskins. Alonso struck out. Conforto struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Top of 2:
          Phillies second. Hoskins walked on four pitches. Kingery struck out. Hernández popped out to right fielder Conforto. Franco singled to center, Hoskins to third. Pirela walked on a full count, Franco to second. Eflin struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 1

          Bottom of 2:
          Mets second. Ramos popped out to first baseman Hoskins. Canó singled to center. Rosario struck out. Nimmo struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 1

          Top of 3:
          Phillies third. Segura doubled to left. Realmuto lined out to center fielder Nimmo, Segura to third. Harper was hit by a pitch. Hoskins grounded into a double play, shortstop Rosario to second baseman Canó to first baseman Alonso, Harper out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 1

          Bottom of 3:
          Mets third. S.Rodríguez in as right fielder. Frazier singled to center. Matz sacrificed, first baseman Hoskins to second baseman Hernández, Frazier to second. McNeil singled to center, Frazier scored. Alonso struck out. McNeil was caught stealing, catcher Realmuto to second baseman Hernández, McNeil out.
          Runs: 1, Hits: 2

          Top of 4:
          Phillies fourth. Kingery grounded out, third baseman Frazier to first baseman Alonso. Hernández grounded out, third baseman Frazier to first baseman Alonso. Franco grounded out, third baseman Frazier to first baseman Alonso.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Bottom of 4:
          Mets fourth. Conforto homered to right on a 1-1 count. Ramos grounded out, third baseman Franco to first baseman Hoskins. Canó grounded out, first baseman Hoskins unassisted. Rosario singled to right. Nimmo struck out.
          Runs: 1, Hits: 2

          Top of 5:
          Phillies fifth. Pirela flied out to right fielder Conforto. Eflin flied out to right fielder Conforto. Segura doubled to left. Realmuto doubled to center, Segura scored. S.Rodríguez grounded out, shortstop Rosario to first baseman Alonso.
          Runs: 1, Hits: 2

          Bottom of 5:
          Mets fifth. Frazier grounded out, shortstop Segura to first baseman Hoskins. Matz singled to center. McNeil grounded into a double play, second baseman Hernández to shortstop Segura to first baseman Hoskins, Matz out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 1

          Top of 6:
          Phillies sixth. Hoskins walked on a full count. Kingery struck out. Hernández grounded out, pitcher Matz to first baseman Alonso, Hoskins to second. Hoskins stole third. Franco singled to center, Hoskins scored. Pirela singled to right, Franco to third. Gosselin pinch-hitting for Eflin. Avilán pitching. Gosselin walked on a full count, Pirela to second. Brach pitching. Segura flied out to right fielder Conforto.
          Runs: 1, Hits: 2

          Bottom of 6:
          Mets sixth. Hughes pitching. Alonso struck out. Conforto grounded out, pitcher Hughes to third baseman Franco to first baseman Hoskins. Ramos grounded out, third baseman Franco to first baseman Hoskins.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Top of 7:
          Phillies seventh. Realmuto grounded out, shortstop Rosario to first baseman Alonso. Dickerson pinch-hitting for S.Rodríguez. Dickerson doubled to center. Hoskins struck out. Kingery struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 1

          Bottom of 7:
          Mets seventh. Dickerson in as left fielder. Pirela in as right fielder. R.Suárez pitching. Canó struck out. Rosario lined out to center fielder Kingery. Nimmo struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Top of 8:
          Phillies eighth. J.Wilson pitching. Hernández grounded out, second baseman Canó to first baseman Alonso. Franco struck out. Pirela struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Bottom of 8:
          Mets eighth. Parker pitching. Frazier walked on four pitches. Haggerty pinch-running for Frazier. Guillorme pinch-hitting for J.Wilson. Guillorme sacrificed, second baseman Hernández to first baseman Hoskins, Haggerty to second. McNeil walked. Neris pitching. Alonso singled to left, Haggerty scored, McNeil to third. Conforto flied out to left fielder Dickerson. Ramos singled to left, McNeil scored, Alonso to second. Canó lined out to second baseman Hernández.
          Runs: 2, Hits: 2

          Top of 9:
          Phillies ninth. McNeil in as third baseman. Nimmo in as left fielder. Lagares in as center fielder. Díaz pitching. Morrison pinch-hitting for Neris. Morrison struck out. Segura singled to right. Realmuto homered to left on a 0-2 count, Segura scored. Dickerson struck out. Hoskins struck out.
          Runs: 2, Hits: 2

          Bottom of 9:
          Mets ninth. Morin pitching. Rosario fouled out to third baseman Franco. Nimmo popped out to third baseman Franco. Lagares singled to center. Davis pinch-hitting for Díaz. Davis singled to left, Lagares to third. Vincent pitching. McNeil was hit by a pitch, Davis to second. Alonso walked on a full count, Lagares scored, Davis to third, McNeil to second.
          Runs: 1, Hits: 2

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            Alonso Gets Bases-Loaded BB in 9th, Mets Beats Phillies 5-4

            -- Pete Alonso walked up and down the New York Mets' dugout in the ninth inning declaring he wanted somebody's shirt.

            In the end, everybody got his shirt.

            Alonso drew a bases-loaded walk with two outs to cap a chaotic ninth inning and lift the Mets to a 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies that tightened the National League wild card race.

            "He was saying in the ninth inning that he wanted somebody's shirt," said Michael Conforto, who was the first Mets player to have his uniform ripped off by Alonso during an on-field celebration on Aug. 9 following a winning walkoff single that beat Washington.

            "And then he ended up being the guy."

            Alonso had an RBI single in the eighth to give the Mets a 3-2 lead. Wilson Ramos added a two-out RBI single to provide a run that turned out to be valuable in the ninth, when embattled closer Edwin Diaz (2-7) gave up a two-run homer to J.T. Realmuto.

            The appearance was the first for Diaz since Tuesday, when he allowed a walk-off three-run homer to allow the Nationals to complete a seven-run ninth inning in their 11-10 win.

            Mike Morin (1-2) retired the first two batters in the bottom of the ninth before Juan Lagares singled to left-center. Lagares went to third when J.D. Davis - whose shirt was torn off by Alonso following a walk-off single against Cleveland on Aug. 21 - pinch-hit for Diaz and singled on a full-count pitch.

            Nick Vincent then plunked Jeff McNeil with an 0-2 pitch to load the bases. Alonso got ahead 2-0 against Vincent, who evened the count before issuing ball three.

            "He's got nowhere to go," Alonso said. "That's a tough spot on him."

            Vincent's final pitch was up and well out of the strike zone. Alonso tossed his bat and trotted to first, where he was engulfed by teammates and eventually had his jersey ripped off.

            "I honestly couldn't tell, I was getting seeds and Gatorade dumped on me," Alonso said when asked who ripped his jersey off. "So I've got to watch the video on that one.

            "It's a fun thing. Hopefully I can rip some more shirts off and they can rip some shirts off me."

            The Mets (72-68) moved into a tie with the Phillies. Both teams are four games behind the Chicago Cubs for the NL's second wild card.

            The Phillies have lost three straight, the last two by walk-off.

            "We're staying in the game but we're just not quite finishing it when we need to," Realmuto said. "That's a good club over there. They're in the same spot we are. They were able to get it done tonight and we weren't."

            The Phillies likely dodged potential disaster in the third when right fielder Bryce Harper was hit in the right hand by an up-and-in pitch from Mets starter Steven Matz. Harper remained in the game to run the bases before being replaced by Sean Rodriguez.

            The Mets took the lead on McNeil's two-out RBI single in the third and Conforto's leadoff homer in the fourth.

            The Phillies tied it on Realmuto's RBI double in the fifth and Maikel Franco's run-scoring single in the sixth.

            Matz gave up two runs and six hits with three walks while striking out four over 5 2/3 innings. Phillies starter Zach Eflin allowed two runs and six hits with no walks while striking out six over five innings.

            TODD TIME

            Todd Frazier reached a milestone when he singled to center for the 1,000th hit of his career. Frazier was congratulated by first base coach Glenn Sherlock as the ball was tossed into the Mets dugout for safekeeping.

            "You don't really think about it when you first get called up, you want to just stay up there and have as much fun as you (can)," Frazier said. "You get to 500, 700 and eventually 1,000 (hits). It means a lot. It's going to be a keepsake for me."

            TRAINER'S ROOM

            Phillies: Harper was diagnosed with a right hand contusion and had the hand wrapped afterward. He said he was uncertain if he'd be able to play Saturday.

            "We'll see how I feel," Harper said. "Of course, we're in the stretch right now, so if I can be in there, I'm going to be in there."

            Mets: INF Jed Lowrie (knee, calf) went 0 for 4 as the designated hitter for Single-A Brooklyn, which beat Hudson Valley 4-3 to advance to the New York-Penn League finals. It was the 12th rehab game since Aug. 20 for Lowrie, who signed a two-year deal in January but hasn't played in the majors due to a variety of injuries.

            UP NEXT

            Phillies: LHP Drew Smyly (3-6, 6.65 ERA) will look to win back-to-back starts for the first time this season. Smyly has a 4.57 ERA in eight starts since joining the Phillies on July 21.

            Mets: RHP Marcus Stroman (7-12, 3.28 ERA) is aiming to earn his second victory for his hometown team. Stroman, who grew up about an hour east of Citi Field, is 1-1 with a 4.55 ERA in six starts since being acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays on July 28.

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