Friday, March 31, 2023

McNeil Homers, Lindor pile up RBI as Mets beat Phils 8-2

NEW YORK ( Associated Press) – Jeff McNeill scored a three-run homer during a rain-soaked fourth inning, Francisco Lindor scored three runs to extend his RBI streak to a career-best six games and were defeated by the New York Mets. . Philadelphia Phillies 8-2 on Saturday night.

Taijuan Walker (3-0) limited the Phillies to two runs in five innings, Luis Guillorme tallied a career-high with three hits, and the NL East leaders improved to 31-17. They will look to sweep a three-game Sunday night in their final game against Philadelphia by August 12.

Bryce Harper, Nick Castellanos and JT Realmuto hit two each, but the Phillies stumbled into the outfield with another defensive low light and scored 1 for 9 with the runners in the scoring position.

Heavy rain started in the bottom half of the fourth, and that’s when the Mets pounced on starter Zach Eflin (1-4). Lindor went on and Pete Alonso sang the song before McNeil drove his homer into the second deck in right field. McNeil flips his bat and looks toward the New York dugout as the ball seats up for a 4-2 lead.

It rained heavily in the fifth, but the Mets didn’t. Guillaume led with a bunt single, Starling Marte doubled, and the duo scored on Lindor’s triple. Lindor scored another run with a single in the seventh and has 14 RBIs during his six-game run.

Lindor’s triple was a long fly ball that went over the fence in left center between Phillies outfielders Kyle Schwarber and Odubel Herrera. The pair collided on the warning track and bounced off the wall together, the latest foul play by Philadelphia’s disgraced defenders.

Alonso followed with a sacrificial fly, making him the first Mets player to earn 29 RBIs in May. Alonso leads the majors with 46 RBIs in 48 games.

Dominic Smith’s sacrifice in the second made New York 1–0, but Philadelphia took the lead in the fourth. Realmuto’s base-loaded line drive went just before Guillaume diving to second base for a two-run single and a 2-1 advantage.

Walker threw 30 pitches in the fourth but left loaded bases on Schwarber’s flyout.

Colin Holderman bowled two unscored innings as a relief for New York, giving him eight shutout frames to start his big league career.

Eflin covered six innings but was charged with seven runs. He scored four after punching 12 Los Angeles Dodgers in his previous outing.

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Phillies: Bryce Harper was injured in the leg by a foul ball from Rice Hoskins while he was ahead of third base in the third inning, but remained in the game.

Mets: RHP Jacob deGrom said his right shoulder blade feels “completely normal,” and he is waiting for New York medical workers to rejoin a mound to clear him. … CF Brandon Nimmo had an MRI on his right wrist that came back clean, but was excluded from the lineup. Manager Buck Showalter said he hopes Nimmo can get an injection, but doesn’t expect the New York leadoff hitter to miss a significant amount of time. … RHP Yoan Lopez was drafted to Triple-A Syracuse, and Nick Plummer was called up.


Former Mets pitcher Jack Wheeler (3-3, 3.38) starts for the Phillies against New York RHP Chris Bassett (4-2, 3.91) on Sunday night. Wheeler is 4-2 with a 2.58 ERA in nine against the Mets since signing a $118 million, five-year deal with Philadelphia ahead of the 2020 season.


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