PHILADELPHIA ( Associated Press) — Bryce Harper beat Max Schaezer again and the Philadelphia Phillies became the first team to defeat the new Mets ace, topping New York 3-2 on Sunday to open a doubleheader, a four-game skid. broke.
Harper, using a pink bat for Mother’s Day, smashed a 94 mph ball over the wall to Shazer (4-1) for a single homer with two outs in the first. He shouted, “I love you, Mom!” In a TV camera before returning to the dugout.
Harper added an RBI single in the third. The ruling NL MVP also ousted his former Washington teammate Scherzer on May 1.
Kyle Schwarber, Alec Bohm and Gene Segura each had a pair of hits for the Phillies, who bounced back from an 8-7 loss to the Mets on Thursday, with New York scoring seven runs in the ninth inning.
The single-entry doubleheader was part of the make-up after it rained on Friday and Saturday between the teams.
Scherzer suffered his first defeat since May 30, ending a string of 24 straight starts without a loss. The three-time Cy Young winner signed a three-year, $130 million free-agent deal with the Mets in the off-season. The Phillies recorded 10 hits against a right-hander, marking just the 14th time in 413 career games Scherzer has allowed double-digit hits.
Scherzer conceded three runs in six innings, scoring seven and scoring no runs. He finished an all-time 18th in strikeouts with 3,069 career K’s.
Kyle Gibson (3-1) conceded two runs in three strikeouts and six hits without a walk. Corey Nebel moved 1-2-3 to ninth for his fifth save after blowing the save on Thursday.
Brandon Nimmo and Starling Marte had two hits each for the NL East-leading Mets.
Bryson Stott’s RBI single in the fourth took the Phillies 3-0.
The Mets returned a pair of runs in the sixth and threatened in the seventh when reliever Seranthani Dominguez ran Pete Alonso and Eduardo Escobar to start the frame. But Dominguez recovered to defeat Dominic Smith, Marte and Luis Guillorme to keep Philadelphia in front.
The Mets released the 2B Robinson Canoe before the game. The move comes a week after the meltdown when Canoe was named for the assignment despite having about $45 million remaining on his contract. The Mets announced the news in their pregame notes and after manager Buck Showalter met with reporters.
Cano, 39, sat out last season while serving his second suspension for performance-enhancing drugs. He batted .195 (8 off 41) with a home run, three RBIs and a modest .501 OPS in 43 plate appearances for the NL East-leading Mets. Canoe has a career batting average of .302 with 335 home runs, 1,305 RBIs and .842 OPS in 17 seasons. He has 2,632 hits, including 571 in doubles.
Phillies: Right-handed starters Zack Wheeler and Zach Eflin were placed on COVID-related IL.
Mets: After a day off, the Mets open the three-match series in Washington on Tuesday night.
Phillies: Begin a three-match series in Seattle on Monday night. Philadelphia LHP Ranger Suarez (2-1, 4.63) is determined to oppose Mariners RHP Chris Flexon (1-4, 3.10).
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