Wilmer Flores hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift the Mets past the Phillies, 4-3, in the first game of Monday's doubleheader at Citi Field.
Things you should know about today's game...
1) Pinch-hitting for Tim Peterson, Flores connected on his eighth home run and his eighth career walk-off hit and franchise-record 10th walk-off RBI. It marked the fourth walk-off for Flores this season and his second via a homer. It was the Mets' second walk-off homer of the homestand after Jose Bautista's grand slam Friday night.
2) Seth Lugo, Robert Gsellman, Jeurys Familia and Peterson (2-1) combined for 5 1/3 scoreless innings in relief. With the scored tied, 3-3, Lugo loaded the bases on three walks in the eighth, but Gsellman kept the Phillies off the board by getting the final two outs.
3) Asdrubal Cabrera homered and hit an RBI single for the Mets' only multi-hit effort.
4) Zack Wheeler lasted 4 2/3 innings and was charged with three runs on seven hits and three walks with eight strikeouts. It was his shortest outing since he lasted four frames against the Blue Jays on May 16 and it was just the fifth time in 17 starts he failed to complete six frames. Wheeler is winless in his last 13 starts dating to April 29 (0-5).
News and notes...
The Mets improved to 4-1 against the Phillies this season and 42-20 (.677) since the start of 2015. They have outhomered Philadelphia 108-50 in that span.
New York split its first doubleheader this season against Atlanta on May 28. They have not swept a twin-bill against the Phillies since Sept. 13, 2009 at Citizens Bank Park.
Flores' 10 walk-off RBIs passed David Wright (nine) or the most in franchise history. His four walk-off homers are tied for the most in club history with Cleon Jones, Chris Jones, Kevin McReynolds and Mike Piazza. Flores is batting .300 (39-for-130) with 11 doubles, six home runs and 22 RBIs in his last 41 games.
Cabrera collected his team-high 30th multi-hit game. He is hitting .338 (26-for-77) with two doubles, five homers a 15 RBIs in his last 19 games. His 51 RBIs equal his highest total prior to the All-Star break (2011 with Cleveland). Edgardo Alfonzo (58 RBIs in 2000 and 55 RBIs in 1999) is the only other Mets second baseman to amass 50 or more RBIs in the first half.
Wheeler's 13-start winless streak is the longest by a Met since Masato Yoshii went 14 starts in between wins in 1998.
Prior to today's doubleheader, the Mets placed Todd Frazier on the 10-day disabled list with a left rib cage muscle strain and optioned Chris Flexen. Jacob Rhame was tabbed as the 26th man for the doubleheader while Ty Kelly and P.J. Conlon were recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas.
The Mets (36-51) will try for a doubleheader sweep of the Phillies (49-39) in the nightcap on SNY.
Corey Oswalt (0-1, 7.94 ERA/7.53 FIP, 11 K, 1.412 WHIP) makes his third career start in the second game after allowing two runs in four innings against the Blue Jays last Wednesday. The 24-year-old has surrendered eight runs on 11 hits, including three homers, over 6 2/3 innings in two starts. Oswalt has never faced the Phillies.
Aaron Nola (11-2, 2.41 ERA/2.73 FIP, 116 Ks, 1.026 WHIP) starts for Philadelphia looking to win his sixth consecutive decision. He surrendered one run and struck out nine in seven innings to defeat the Orioles last Wednesday. It was the 10th time in 18 starts the right-hander has allowed one earned run or fewer. Nola has a 2.45 ERA in two starts against the Mets this season. He's 3-1 with a 4.67 mark in five career appearances against New York.