Steven Matz was roughed up in his return from the disabled list as the Phillies earned a doubleheader split with a 9-6 win on Thursday night at Citizens Bank Park.
Things you should know about tonight's game...
1) Matz's return from a stint on the DL was not much better than his start that preceded it. After being handed a 2-0 lead in the first inning, the 27-year-old allowed a three-run homer to Rhys Hoskins in the bottom of the inning and three more runs in the second, aided by his own throwing error. Matz (5-10) was lifted after surrendering six runs -- four earned -- on five hits and a walk with two strikeouts and two home runs allowed in two innings.
2) Amed Rosario doubled twice, drove in a run, walked and scored twice. The 22-year-old went 6-for-11 with two doubles, a homer, four RBIs and seven runs in the doubleheader. Michael Conforto followed up his three-hit effort in the opener with three more while driving in four runs. He doubled home two in the first and added RBI singles in the seventh and ninth. He finished the two games 6-for-12 with a homer, a double, five RBIs and three runs scored. Wilmer Flores added an RBI single in the ninth.
3) Drew Smith allowed three hits and struck out one over two scoreless frames out of the bullpen. The rookie is unscored upon his last five appearances spanning seven innings. He has a 1.64 ERA in his first nine big league outings.
News and notes...
New York fell to 5-3 on its road trip and 20-20 overall since July 1.
The Mets have split all three doubleheaders they have played this season, including two against the Phillies. New York has not swept a doubleheader from Philadelphia since Sept. 24, 2011.
Rosario is 13-for-34 (.382) with five extra-base hits, nine runs scored and eight RBIs during the Mets' seven-game road trip.
Matz has surrendered 20 earned runs in 13 2/3 innings in his last four starts (13.17 ERA). The southpaw is 5-11 with a 6.55 ERA in 21 career starts after the All-Star break. He is 15-14 with a 3.21 ERA in 42 first-half starts.
To make room for Matz on the roster, the Mets optioned Tim Peterson to Triple-A Las Vegas in between games.
The Mets (52-68) continue their five-game set with the Phillies (67-54) at Citizens Bank Park on Friday night at 6 p.m. on SNY.
Noah Syndergaard (8-2, 3.22 ERA/2.66 FIP, 100 K, 1.221 WHIP) goes for his seventh win in eight decisions after defeating the Marlins Sunday in Miami. The right-hander allowed three runs over seven innings which marked the 14th time in 16 starts he has surrendered three runs or fewer. Syndergaard allowed two runs across four frames against the Phillies in his second start of the year on April 4. He is 4-1 with a 2.06 ERA in eight career meetings with Philadelphia but winless in his last three.
Aaron Nola (13-3, 2.28 ERA/2.81 FIP, 149 K, 1.000 WHIP) continues his Cy Young-caliber season after blanking the Braves for six innings Saturday to snap a three-start winless stretch. The 25-year-old has surrendered three runs or fewer in 22-of-24 starts this season, including 13 where he's yielded one or no runs. Nola has allowed three runs over 18 innings (1.50 ERA) in three meetings with the Mets this season, winning twice. He has won four straight decisions against New York and is 4-1 with a 3.71 ERA in six career matchups.