Hot Bats power New York to 8-2 win over Philadelphia

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It’s a series victory for the New York Mets (31-17), who defeated the Philadelphia Phillies (21-26) by the score of 8-2 on Saturday night. The Mets got just enough from their starting pitcher, and the offense opened up play midway through the innings, leapfrogging the team to a comfortable win.

The Mets were the first to get on the board, scraping a run off the Phillies starter Zach Eflin in the second run. Dominique Smith led in Edward Escobar via a sacrificial fly to center field to give the Mets an early 1-0 lead.

Taijuan walker allowed just two base runners in his first three innings of work, but ran into trouble in the fourth. It allowed single people to Bryce Harper and Nick Castellanos to open the frame and walked the bases loaded with a single out. A two-cover single from JT Realmuto put the Phillies in the lead 2-1. Walker ran through the bases loaded again with two outs, but he got Kyle Schwarber fly to center field to limit the damage.

The Mets fought back immediately late in the fourth. With two runners, no outs and rain falling at Citi Field, Jeff McNeil smashed a three-run homer to the second deck seats in right field. It was McNeil’s third home run of the year, and he made it 4-2 in favor of the Mets.

New York held the score in the fifth inning. Luis Guillorme started the inning with a perfectly placed bunt single that hugged the third base line. Guillorme scored for the first time this season and he reached base in each of his four plate appearances. He had three hits and a walk.

Two batters later Francois Lindor threw a ball down the warning track that fell between two outfielders, resulting in a two-run triple. With that hit, Lindor went one run in six straight games for the first time in his career. Pete Alonso made it 7-2 with a sacrificed fly for his 46e RBI of the season, good for second place in the majors behind only Joseph Ramirezis 48 years old.

Walker’s night ended after five innings, and he was likely lucky to allow just two runs as he allowed nine batters to base against him (six hits and three on balls). However, he got big outs when he needed them, and he was rewarded for his efforts with his third win of the season.

Since being called up to the majors earlier this month, Colin Holderman has been turned off. He had another impressive outing on Saturday, pitching two scoreless innings while allowing only one hit and striking out three. In his first six career appearances, Holderman threw eight scoreless innings with ten punches.

In the seventh inning, Guillorme singled to right field for his third hit of the night, and Lindor brought it home with a single for his third RBI of the night. Guillorme is hitting .409 in the month of May, and he’s now sitting at .890 OPS on the season.

Adam Piccolo and Seth Lugo combined to get the last six outs of the game. The Mets left Saturday night’s game with an 8.5-game National League East lead.

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Player of the match: Francisco Lindor

Lindor squarely raked in the past week, establishing himself as the go-to hitter the Mets pay him for. He had 14 RBIs in his last six games, and his 37 RBIs this season tied him for fifth in the majors.

last line: 2-for-3, 1 3B, 3 RBI, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 SO

On the bridge

The Mets will be looking to sweep their streak against the Phillies when the two teams face off Sunday night at Citi Field. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:08 p.m. ET and the game will be broadcast on ESPN. The Mets will have Chris Bassit on the mound, while the Phillies will run out of former Met Zack Wheeler.

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