NEW YORK (AP) – Pete Alonso and Jonathan Villar each hit an RBI single in the eighth inning to give the New York Mets a 4-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies in the first. Dominic Smith socked an early two-run homer for the Mets, who took the between NL East rivals in extra innings. Both games of the single-admission twinbill, booked to make up Monday night’s rainout at Citi Field, were scheduled for seven innings in keeping with a rules change introduced during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season.
With the Mets down a run, Alonso opened the bottom of the eighth with a sharp single off Héctor Neris (0-1) that scored placement runner Francisco Lindor from second. It was New York’s first hit since the second inning.
Jeff McNeil beat out a potential double-play ball, Michael Conforto walked, and James McCann’sloaded the bases with one out. Villar, who entered as a pinch-runner in the seventh and stayed in to play third base, lofted a full-count pitch to left-center over the head of left-fielder Andrew McCutchen, playing shallow in the hopes of cutting off the .
Helped by McCann’s passed ball, theof the eighth against Trevor May when McCutchen scored from third on Didi Gregorius’ two-out infield single. May (1-1) struck out Jean Segura with two runners in scoring position and ended up with his first win for the Mets.
Philadelphia tied it 2-all in the sixth after Rhys Hoskins drew his first. Hoskins advanced on Bryce Harper’s single that beat the shift and went to third on a groundout. He scored when Segura beat out a dribbler to third for an infield single on an 0-2 pitch.
Taijuan Walker struck out eight over 4 1/3 innings in his second start with the Mets, showing increased velocity on multiple pitches in his repertoire. The right-hander was pulled following consecutive walks in the fifth, and the Mets escaped the inning with a one-run lead thanks to a terrific defensive play by substitute third baseman Luis Guillorme to thwart a double steal.
Brandon Nimmo drew a leadoff walk from Chase Anderson in the first inning, and Smith put New York on top with his.
Nimmo enteredwith a .565 on-base percentage. Smith, raised to third in the lineup with slumping Conforto dropped to sixth, also a week prior in Philadelphia.
Alec Bohm doubled to start the second and scored on Andrew Knapp’s sacrifice fly.
Anderson allowed two runs and three hits in four innings.
Phillies: Knapp caught the opener, splitting doubleheader duties with All-Star backstop J.T. Realmuto. … With reliever, Archie Bradley placed on theleft oblique, top prospect Spencer Howard was added to the roster as the 27th man for the twinbill. The right-hander has never pitched in relief as a pro. Mets: Guillorme started at 3B for J.D. Davis (bruised left hand) and is eligible to come off the Saturday.
Phillies: Aaron Nola (0-0, 2.53 ERA) makes his third start of the year in the nightcap. , the right-hander threw 92 pitches over four innings against the Mets at home, allowing one run and six hits. He is 8-2 with a 3.26 ERA in 17 career outings versus New York. Nola tossed seven-inning complete games in his last two starts that were part of doubleheaders last September. Those were his career’s first two full games after going 135 starts without one.
Mets: Marcus Stroman (1-0, 1.42) retakes the ball two days after his start against Miami lasted only nine pitches because thedue to rain.
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