Steven Matz homered yet again and pitched five shutout innings, but Jerry Blevins and Drew Smith combined to allow five runs in the sixth inning and the Mets fell to the Phillies on Tuesday night, 5-2.
Things you should know about tonight's game...
1) With his third-inning solo blast, Matz joined Tom Seaver and Ron Darling as the only other Mets pitchers to homer in consecutive starts. His latest home run comes just five days after hitting his first major league home run. Matz struggled with control on the mound Tuesday night, walking five batters, but he never allowed it to cause real damage. He walked five batters but allowed just two hits in five innings.
2) Jerry Blevins entered to pitch the sixth, but walked the first batter he faced and hit the second, leading manager Mickey Callaway to turn back to the bullpen. Drew Smith went on to allow both of those runs and three more of his own on four hits in 1/3 of an inning. Anthony Swarzak, Tyler Bashlor, and Jacob Rhame combined to pitch the final 2 2/3 innings without allowing a run.
3) Dominic Smith knocked in Brandon Nimmo with his fourth-inning double, which gave the Mets a 2-0 lead at the time. Jeff McNeil had another mutli-hit game and Nimmo got on base twice with a single and a walk.
The Mets (70-81) conclude their series with the Phillies (77-73) on Wednesday at Citizens Bank Park at 6 p.m.
Noah Syndergaard (3.26 ERA/2.69 FIP, 1.256 WHIP in 135 1/3 innings) will pitch for the Mets in the series finale. Syndergaard is coming off a strong outing against the Red Sox in Boston, where he allowed three hits in seven shutout innings.
Zach Eflin (4.26 ERA/3.88 FIP, 1.271 WHIP in 120 1/3 innings) will pitch for the Phillies. Eflin allowed six runs in just three innings against the Mets earlier this month. He bounced back his next time out, however, when he allowed just one run in 6 1/3 innings against the Marlins on Sept. 14.