Mets right-hander Jason deGrom made his first start returning from the disabled list (hyperextended right elbow) and lasted just one inning. DeGrom needed 45 pitches to get through the first, which included 20 foul balls by Philadelphia.
Injury aside, deGrom has been excellent in 2018.
"I was surprised when the sun came up", manager Mickey Callaway said before the game. They fell behind in that game by a score of 1-0 in the first, but that was all the offense they allowed in the game as Steven Matz and the pen shutdown the Phils the rest of the way.
In the Friday game, the Mets scored three runs in the top of the ninth for a wild comeback victory 3-1. If I went out there and was fine, then everything's good. DeGrom struck out Rhys Hoskins, got Carlos Santana to ground back to the mound and fanned Maikel Franco to end a 10-pitch at-bat. The homer was Cespedes' 16th in 40 career games against the Phillies.
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"When you have got their best pitcher on the mound, who doesn't give up many runs, and you have him in that situation, you have to scrape one or two by", Callaway said.
The Philadelphia hitters are putting up 4.8 runs per contest, including 4.0 per game against divisional foes and 7.2 per game over their last five.
The Mets' leading hitter coming into this set was Asdrubal Cabrera with 43 hits, 23 runs, six homers and 22 RBI.
Edubray Ramos worked around a walk in the ninth for his first big league save as the Phillies improved to 8-14 against the NL East.
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Phillies starter Jake Arrieta allowed five hits over 7 1/3 scoreless innings and they led 1-0 until Neris allowed a one-out single, Conforto's third homer and a homer to Devin Mesoraco on the next pitch. NY is also 1-5 in Syndergaard's last six Saturday starts and 7-2 in his last nine starts in game two of a series.
NY has posted 19.5 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 16.0 over its last five. They are second to last in hits in all of baseball. Saturday's game was called off because of rain and rescheduled as part of a doubleheader August 16.
For Saturday's matchup, the Mets will be going with RHP Noah Syndergaard.
The Phillies had not announced their Sunday starter as of Saturday night, but it will be Zach Eflin or Aaron Nola (5-1, 2.05).
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