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Conforto HR in 9th, questionable call help Mets beat Phils

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Michael Conforto hit a tiebreaking home run in the ninth inning, and the New York Mets benefited from a very questionable call by the second base umpire to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-4 Saturday night.

Conforto led off the ninth by connecting against Hector Neris (1-3).

Conforto also had a two-run double in a four-run first inning against former teammate Zack Wheeler. The Mets squandered the 4-0 lead but recovered to win for just the fourth time in 12 games – even after center fielder Brandon Nimmo and third baseman J.D. Davis exited with hand injuries.

Alec Bohm tied it with a two-run homer for the Phillies, who have alternated wins and losses in their last ten games. Philadelphia hasn’t won consecutive games since a three-game sweep of Atlanta to open the season.

With one out in the bottom of the seventh, second base umpire Jose Navas ruled that Andrew McCutchen ran out of the baseline to avoid an attempted tag by shortstop Francisco Lindor on an inning-ending double play. Replays showed McCutchen ran in a straight line from first to second.

Phillies slugger Bryce Harper, sitting out after getting hit in the face by a pitch Wednesday, was ejected for arguing from the top step of the dugout.

Trevor May (2-1) pitched a scoreless eighth, Edwin Díaz struck out two in a perfect ninth for his third save. New York relievers have thrown 19 straight scoreless innings.

Conforto HR


WASHINGTON (AP) – Patrick Corbin ended his 10-game losing streak, pitching seven solid innings and leading Washington over Miami.Josh Bell hit a bases-loaded double and drove in four runs, Yan Gomes had a two-run homer, and Josh Harrison had three hits as Washington won its third in a row.

Corbin (1-3), who opened the season on the COVID-19 injured list, began the afternoon with a 10.47 ERA in four starts. He limited the Marlins to two runs and four hits and posted his first win since last August.

Jesús Aguilar hit a solo home run for Miami, his sixth shot over his last eight games. Paul Campbell (0-2) started his first major league after four relief appearances.


CHICAGO (AP) – Tim Anderson hit a grand slam, Leury García drove three runs from the No. 9 spot in the lineup, and Chicago beat Cleveland.

Lance Lynn (2-1) allowed three runs over five innings in his return from the injured list for the White Sox, who have won seven of nine.

Austin Hedges homered, and Josh Naylor had two hits for the Indians, who have dropped eight of 13.

Lynn sidelined since April 17 because of a right trapezius strain, allowed four hits and struck out two. He issued two walks, doubling his season total after four starts.

Anderson hit his second career slam off a wild Triston McKenzie (0-1) for a 5-0 lead in the second inning after García drew a bases-loaded walk.


CINCINNATI (AP) – Nick Hoerner hit a go-ahead single in the sixth inning, and Chicago’s bullpen shut down Cincinnati.

Hoerner drove in Javier Báez with one of his three hits, a two-out single-off reliever Sean Doolittle to complete the Cubs’ comeback from a 2-0 deficit.

Rex Brothers (1-0) struck out all three batters he faced in the sixth, the first three of eight strikeouts piled up by five Chicago relievers over five innings. In the ninth, the first two batters reached against Craig Kimbrel before he regrouped to get the next three for his fifth save.

In the eighth, Cincinnati left-hander Amir Garrett struck out Anthony Rizzo and celebrated by punching himself in the chest several times. He appeared to yell something in Rizzo’s direction. Báez yelled at Garrett from the dugout, and Garrett took a few steps in that direction, prompting both benches and bullpens to empty. No punches were thrown, and there were no ejections. Reds starter Luis Castillo (1-3) lasted 5 1/3 innings with the help of two assists by right fielder Nick Castellanos and center fielder Nick Senzel’s diving catch.

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