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  • Phillies @ Mets: 09/08 1:10 PM ET; SNY, NBCSN; WCBS, ESPN, WPHT

    GAME 142, HOME GAME 67

    Sunday, 8th September
    1:10 PM ET
    Citi Field









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    Mets Ready to Close Season Series with Visiting Phillies

    Both the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets concluded Saturday night feeling fortunate.

    The Phillies were feeling pleased because their 5-0 win gained a game on the Chicago Cubs, while the Mets were satisfied that a tough loss did not drop them any further in the wild-card chase.

    The NL East rivals will hope to gain some ground Sunday afternoon when the Phillies visit the Mets in the finale of their season series.

    Philadelphia (73-68) leads the season series 11-7 after Cesar Hernandez homered and had an RBI single. J.T. Realmuto had an RBI single and Corey Dickerson hit a two-run double to back seven strong innings by Drew Smyly.

    Those hits and Smyly's outing helped the Phillies move to within three games of the Cubs after losing three straight before Saturday. Philadelphia is tied with Milwaukee and also trails the surging Arizona Diamondbacks by 1 1/2 games.

    "I think we know that we've been written off, and we don't care," Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. "We're going to keep fighting."

    The Phillies were without Bryce Harper on Saturday but that was a precautionary measure after he was hit on the hand Friday. He is day to day.

    A 15-1 surge turned the Mets (72-69) from well under .500 to back in the race. Starting with a 7-4 loss to Washington on Aug. 9, New York is 13-17.

    New York's fade started with six straight home losses Aug. 23-29 in a stretch that ended with them getting swept by the Cubs.

    The Mets are 5-9 in their last 14 games and are hoping to rebound after getting blanked for the first time at home since May 1.

    Rookie Pete Alonso had hits in his first two at-bats to reach safely for the 32nd straight game. He is hitting.313 (40-for-128) with 11 homers and 30 RBIs during the streak.

    Alonso and the Mets will be hoping to rebound after going 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position.

    "We need to win these games in order to be in the playoffs," Alonso said. "They're fighting for the same thing over there and there's a bunch of other teams chasing that same spot. We just need to bear down, and tomorrow's a great day for that.

    "Not all is lost. We've been playing really good baseball, and if we take the series, I think we would be in a really good spot going into the next one. At this point of the year, we're trying to win series and sweep if possible, but the sweep isn't an option. So it's a good time to win a series on Sunday."

    After getting a rough start from Marcus Stroman, Noah Syndergaard (10-7, 3.97 ERA), who is coming off two drastically different starts, pitches for the Mets. He allowed 10 runs to the Chicago Cubs on Aug. 28 but rebounded nicely by allowing three hits with 10 strikeouts in seven scoreless innings of Monday's 7-3 win at Washington.

    Syndergaard is 6-3 with a 3.97 ERA in 12 career starts against Philadelphia.

    Vince Velasquez (6-7, 4.80) starts for Philadelphia and is 4-2 with a 5.02 ERA in his last nine starts. He last pitched Tuesday in a 6-2 win at Cincinnati when he allowed one run on four hits in three innings and did not get a decision.

    Velasquez is 2-4 with a 3.99 ERA in 10 career starts against the Mets.

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        Top of 1:
        Phillies first. Hernández flied out to center fielder Nimmo. Segura struck out. Dickerson lined out to right fielder Conforto.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 1:
        Mets first. McNeil grounded out, second baseman Hernández to first baseman Hoskins. Alonso struck out. Conforto walked. Ramos homered to left on a 0-1 count, Conforto scored. Canó homered to right on a 1-2 count. Davis singled to left. Nimmo walked on four pitches, Davis to second. Rosario grounded out, pitcher Velasquez to first baseman Hoskins.
        Runs: 3, Hits: 3

        Top of 2:
        Phillies second. Hoskins doubled to right. Kingery grounded into fielder's choice, shortstop Rosario to third baseman McNeil, Hoskins out. Kingery stole second. Haseley struck out. Franco fouled out to third baseman McNeil.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 2:
        Mets second. Syndergaard struck out. McNeil struck out. Alonso was hit by a pitch. Conforto struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 3:
        Phillies third. Knapp walked on a full count. Velasquez struck out. Hernández singled to center, Knapp to third. Segura hit a sacrifice fly to right fielder Conforto, Knapp scored. Hernández stole second. Dickerson lined out to right fielder Conforto.
        Runs: 1, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 3:
        Mets third. Ramos doubled to left. Canó flied out to left fielder Dickerson. Davis struck out. Nimmo grounded out, first baseman Hoskins unassisted.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Top of 4:
        Phillies fourth. Hoskins popped out to center fielder Nimmo. Kingery struck out. Haseley homered to left on a 2-2 count. Franco struck out.
        Runs: 1, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 4:
        Mets fourth. Rosario singled to center. Syndergaard bunted into a double play, pitcher Velasquez to shortstop Segura to second baseman Hernández, Rosario out. McNeil singled to right. Alonso grounded into fielder's choice, shortstop Segura to second baseman Hernández, McNeil out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 2

        Top of 5:
        Phillies fifth. Knapp singled to left. Velasquez bunted into fielder's choice, pitcher Syndergaard to shortstop Rosario, Knapp out. Hernández grounded into fielder's choice, third baseman McNeil to second baseman Canó, Velasquez out. Hernández stole second. Segura singled to right, Hernández to third. Segura to second. Dickerson singled to right, Hernández scored, Segura scored. Dickerson was out advancing, right fielder Conforto to first baseman Alonso to shortstop Rosario, Dickerson out.
        Runs: 2, Hits: 3

        Bottom of 5:
        Mets fifth. Conforto flied out to center fielder Kingery. Ramos walked on a full count. Canó walked on a full count, Ramos to second. Hughes pitching. Davis walked on a full count, Ramos to third, Canó to second. R.Suárez pitching. Nimmo singled to right, Ramos scored, Canó to third, Davis to second. Rosario grounded into fielder's choice, third baseman Franco to catcher Knapp, Canó out, Davis to third, Nimmo to second. Frazier pinch-hitting for Syndergaard. Frazier struck out.
        Runs: 1, Hits: 1

        Top of 6:
        Phillies sixth. Sewald pitching. Hoskins doubled to left. Kingery sacrificed, third baseman McNeil to first baseman Alonso, Hoskins to third. Avilán pitching. Gosselin pinch-hitting for Haseley. Gosselin singled to center, Hoskins scored. Franco homered to left on a 2-0 count, Gosselin scored. Knapp grounded out, shortstop Rosario to first baseman Alonso. Pirela pinch-hitting for R.Suárez. Pirela singled to left. Hernández grounded into fielder's choice, shortstop Rosario to second baseman Canó, Pirela out.
        Runs: 3, Hits: 4

        Bottom of 6:
        Mets sixth. S.Rodríguez in as right fielder. Álvarez pitching. McNeil walked on a full count. Alonso singled to center, McNeil to second. Conforto singled to center, McNeil to third, Alonso to second. Ramos grounded out, third baseman Franco to first baseman Hoskins, McNeil scored, Alonso to third, Conforto to second. Canó hit a sacrifice fly to left fielder Dickerson, Alonso scored. Morin pitching. Davis fouled out to right fielder S.Rodríguez.
        Runs: 2, Hits: 2

        Top of 7:
        Phillies seventh. J.Wilson pitching. Segura singled to center. Dickerson struck out. Hoskins struck out. Segura stole second. Kingery homered to left on a full count, Segura scored. Bashlor pitching. S.Rodríguez walked on a full count. Franco doubled to center, S.Rodríguez to third. Knapp was intentionally walked. Harper pinch-hitting for Morin. Harper walked on a full count, S.Rodríguez scored, Franco to third, Knapp to second. Zamora pitching. Hernández grounded into fielder's choice, shortstop Rosario to second baseman Canó, Harper out.
        Runs: 3, Hits: 3

        Bottom of 7:
        Mets seventh. Parker pitching. Nimmo walked on a full count. Rosario singled to right, Nimmo to third. Panik pinch-hitting for Zamora. Panik singled to center, Nimmo scored, Rosario to second. McNeil flied out to center fielder Kingery, Rosario to third. Alonso fouled out to catcher Knapp. Conforto struck out.
        Runs: 1, Hits: 2

        Top of 8:
        Phillies eighth. Díaz pitching. Segura struck out. Dickerson struck out. Hoskins flied out to center fielder Nimmo.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 8:
        Mets eighth. Vincent pitching. Ramos singled to right. Canó lined out to left fielder Dickerson. Davis struck out. Nimmo struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Top of 9:
        Phillies ninth. Familia pitching. Kingery grounded out, shortstop Rosario to first baseman Alonso. S.Rodríguez grounded out, second baseman Canó to first baseman Alonso. Franco safe at first on throwing error by third baseman McNeil. Knapp struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 9:
        Mets ninth. Neris pitching. Rosario singled to center. Lowrie pinch-hitting for Familia. Lowrie struck out. McNeil hit an infield single to second, Rosario to second. Alonso struck out. On defensive indifference, Rosario to third. Conforto grounded out, shortstop Segura to first baseman Hoskins.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 2

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          Phils Hit 3 HRs, Outlast Mets 10-7 to Tighten Wild-Card Race

          by BEN WALKER

          -- Looking for every extra edge in a playoff chase, the Philadelphia Phillies tried most everything - stealing and bunting, plus plenty of pinch-hitters and pitchers.

          On and on they went, mixing and matching against the New York Mets for so long the teams actually began to run out of baseballs.

          In the end, the Phillies had just enough.

          Maikel Franco, Scott Kingery and Adam Haseley homered as Philadelphia overcame an early deficit and outlasted the Mets 10-7 Sunday to further tighten the NL wild-card race.

          "It wasn't the prettiest win by any stretch," manager Gabe Kapler said.

          The game took 4 hours, 29 minutes - a minute short of matching the longest nine-inning game in NL history. When it was over, Philadelphia had closed within two games of Chicago for the second wild-card spot. The Mets stayed four back of the Cubs, who lost Milwaukee 8-5.

          With both managers maneuvering, the clubs combined to use 39 players, including eight pitchers apiece. Hector Neris escaped a two-on, one-out jam in the ninth.

          "We have to try to win games," Kapler said. "We have to try to win the inning."

          Injured star Bryce Harper drew a bases-loaded walk as a pinch-hitter, capping a three-run seventh inning to put the Phillies ahead 10-6. That came shortly after a sensational catch by right fielder Sean Rodriguez preserved a slim lead.

          Wilson Ramos and Robinson Cano hit back-to-back homers in the first inning for a 3-0 New York edge. But Noah Syndergaard couldn't hold it and the bullpen got battered yet again as the Mets missed a chance to move up in the postseason race.

          "It stings, it stings," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. "We're still going to be the same amount of games back. We've got one less game to make that up. But we can do it."

          It was the longest nine-inning game in Mets' history, topping a 4:14 matchup with Washington last Sept. 23. The Phillies tied for the longest nine-inning NL game at 4:30 on July 6, 2018, against the Pittsburgh.

          The Red Sox and Yankees set the major league record of 4:45 in 2006.

          By the late innings, extra balls were needed. Usually, 16 dozen are rubbed up for games at Citi Field - that's more than at most parks and usually ample by a lot. But the teams ran through those, and required an extra two dozen to finish.

          Phillies starter Vince Velasquez blamed himself for the slow proceedings. He allowed four runs, six hits and four walks in 4 1/3 innings.

          "I take full responsibility on that end," he said.

          Pinch-hitter Phil Gosselin blooped an RBI single that gave the Phillies a 5-4 lead in the sixth and Franco followed with a two-run homer. Franco later doubled and had seven homers and 18 RBIs in 15 games against the Mets this year.

          The Mets clawed back for two runs in the bottom of the sixth to make it 7-6 and had the tying run in scoring position, but Rodriguez charged hard into the tight foul space, banged hard into the wall and caught a fly by J.D. Davis to end the inning. Rodriguez's teammates waited outside the dugout to greet him, and several players came off the bench to join in.

          Kingery hit a two-run homer in the seventh and Harper walked to make it a four-run lead.

          Ranger Suarez (5-1) got two outs for the win and Neris closed for his 24th save in 30 chances. Paul Sewald (0-1) took the loss.


          Harper set a career high with 101 RBIs, one more than he had last year with Washington. He didn't start for the second straight day after being hit in the right hand by a pitch Friday night. Kapler said he was figuring on Harper being able to play Monday night, but needed to check with him first.


          Rookie Pete Alonso has reached base in 33 straight games, tying the Mets' single-season record shared by Darryl Strawberry (1987) and Jose Reyes (2008).

          TRAINER'S ROOM

          Mets: Jeff McNeil and Brandon Nimmo both got checked by a trainer after fouling balls off themselves, but they stayed in the game.

          UP NEXT

          Phillies: RHP Aaron Nola (12-4, 3.63 ERA) faces RHP Mike Foltynewicz (5-5, 5.28) and the NL East-leading Braves. Nola is 3-0 against Atlanta this year and 10-3 lifetime.

          Mets: RHP Jacob deGrom (8-8, 2.76) starts as the Mets host playoff-contending Arizona and RHP Merrill Kelly (10-13, 4.69) to begin a four-game series. The Diamondbacks are 1 1/2 games behind the Cubs.

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