NEW YORK – Nick Plummer hit a tying homer in the ninth inning for his first major league hit, Eduardo Escobar doubled the winning run in the 10th and the New York Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-4 on Sunday tonight for a three-game sweep.
Nick Castellanos put Philadelphia ahead 4-3 with a three-run homer on an 0-2 pitch from reliever Adam Ottavino with two outs in the eighth.
Plummer, making his first major league start after being recalled from the minors on Saturday, drove Corey Knebel’s first pitch – a 96 mph fastball – into the second deck in right field leading to the bottom of the ninth.
It was Knebel’s third missed save in 11 occasions.
Edwin Díaz (2-1) blocked the automatic runner in second of the 10th. He was helped by terrific defensive play at third base from Escobar, who reached well over the railing of the Philadelphia dugout to catch a rough pop.
Knebel (1-4) retired Francisco Lindor to start the half bottom, and Pete Alonso was intentionally walked. Escobar then lined up a brace in right field to tag auto-runner Starling Marte from second and was swarmed by excited teammates in the infield.
Escobar’s fifth career RBI gave the NL East leaders, who are 12-2-1 in the series this year, their first sweep of the season.
Mets setup man Drew Smith dislocated the pinky finger of his pitching hand to reach a comeback in the seventh, but New York improved to 9-3 against the Phillies this year. The division rivals won’t meet again until August 12.
Zack Wheeler settled in after a rocky start for the struggling Phillies, delivering six solid innings against his former team.
Criticized for their poor alignment all year, the Phillies played a more mediocre defense in the first that helped New York take a 3-0 lead. But center fielder Odúbel Herrera had a dive in the seventh and shortstop Johan Camargo made a sensational save in the eighth to slow the Mets down.
Lindor hit in a run with a grounder for New York, extending his career-best RBI streak to seven games. It’s the longest by a Mets player since Lucas Duda did it in 2014.
Escobar and Mark Canha had RBI groundouts in the first.
Philadelphia charged with no one against starter Chris Bassitt in the third, but only managed a single run on Alec Bohm’s double play.
Bassitt walked the inning three times and needed 34 pitches to get through. But he found a rhythm after that and bounced back from a dreadful start in San Francisco on Tuesday, when he set career highs giving up three home runs and eight runs in 4 1/3 innings.
This time, the right-hander struck out seven of six two-hit innings. He threw 100 pitches and retired his last 10 batters.
Phillies: DE Mickey Moniak, the first overall pick in the 2016 Entry Draft, could be off the injured list in a day or two. Sidelined all season with a broken right hand, Moniak played rehab games at Double-A Reading. … SS Didi Gregorius (sprained left knee) is in rehabilitation at Triple-A Lehigh Valley and is likely further from a comeback than Moniak.
Dishes: CF Brandon Nimmo (sore right wrist) missed his second game in a row. … 2B/LF hitter Jeff McNeil was out of the starting lineup to rest his legs but pinch hit in the ninth. “It’s just sort of a day-to-day thing,” manager Buck Showalter said. “More preventative. Trying to anticipate something that could turn into something if we don’t take a few precautions here and there.” Showalter said Nimmo could also be available on the bench and is expected to return shortly. Luis Guillorme started at 2B and knocked out first place from Nimmo. Plummer played in left field, with Canha starting at center for the third time this season. … Smith barehanded reached JT Realmuto’s two-out return in the seventh and he deflected his right pinkie for a single into center field. The reliever was visibly angry as he walked off the field with an athletic trainer. X-rays were negative for a fracture, the Mets said, and Smith is discharged.
LET’S MAKE A DEAL
Prior to the game, the Mets acquired INF/OF JT Riddle from Cincinnati for cash and assigned him to Triple-A Syracuse.
Phillies: RHP Kyle Gibson (3-2, 3.94 ERA) pitches Monday at home against San Francisco RHP Logan Webb (5-1, 3.54) in Game 1 of a three-game series.
Dishes: LHP David Peterson (2-0, 2.16 ERA) starts the first game of a three-game set Monday night against Erick Fedde (3-3, 3.55) and the Nationals’ final spot at Citi Field. Peterson won last week with six solid innings at San Francisco in his first major league start in three weeks. He’s 2-0 with a 1.08 ERA in three career outings against Washington.