Michael Conforto homered and drove in four runs as the Mets overcame scratching Jacob deGrom to defeat the Phillies, 6-4, on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field.
Things you should know about today's game...
1) Conforto singled home the Mets' first run in the opening frame and hit a three-run homer -- originally ruled a double -- during the club's four-run fifth inning. The 25-year-old went deep for the second straight day and for the fifth time in his last 12 games, during which he's collected 11 RBIs. Conforto has nine homers and 23 RBIs in his last 28 games.
2) Drew Gagnon (1-1) earned his first Major League win after tossing two scoreless innings in relief of starter Corey Oswalt. The Mets scratched deGrom right before a delayed first pitch due to inclement weather that was forecast throughout the afternoon. Oswalt surrendered a Rhys Hoskins two-run homer in the first and struck out four over three innings.
3) Jeff McNeil had a game-tying RBI single and finished with three hits for the second consecutive day. He has 13 multi-hit efforts in his first 44 big league games. Amed Rosario tripled, scored twice and walked and Austin Jackson gave the Mets an insurance run with an RBI double in the seventh.
4) Drew Smith fired two scoreless innings and Seth Lugo allowed a run and struck out five over the final two frames to record his second career save.
News and notes...
The Mets have won six of their last eight games and are 21-14 in their last 35 contests. Discounting its win over the Yankees in a makeup game against on Aug. 13, New York is 5-1-2 in its last eight series.
The Mets have won 21 of their last 27 series against the Phillies and 10 or more games in seven consecutive seasons. They are 10-6 against the Philadelphia in 2018 and 48-25 since the start of 2015.
McNeil has hit safely in 21 of his last 22 starts and is batting .429 (12-for-28) with three extra-base hits, six runs scored and four RBIs in eight games this month.
Conforto's 13 homers and 38 RBIs in 45 career games against the Phillies are his most against any opponent. The four RBIs equaled a career-high done six times previously, including three times since Aug. 21.
Rosario is batting .333 (40-for-120) with 11 extra-base hits, 22 runs scored and 15 RBIs in his last 28 games. His eight triples are tied for second in the N.L. with teammate Brandon Nimmo. The Cubs' Javy Baez leads the league with nine.
The Mets (65-77) continue their homestand against the Marlins (56-86) on Monday night at 7 p.m. on SNY.
Jacob deGrom (8-8, 1.68 ERA/2.08 FIP, 230 K's, 0.963 WHIP) opens the four-game series after being scratched due to poor weather just before Sunday's first pitch. The 30-year-old has surrendered three runs or fewer in his last 25 starts, a Major League record for one season. He allowed one run over six innings during a no-decision against the Dodgers last Monday. DeGrom is 0-1 with a 3.32 ERA in three matchups with the Marlins this season and 4-5 with a 3.68 mark in 15 career starts. He has not beaten Miami since July 6, 2016.
Jose Urena (5-12, 4.41 ERA/4.12 FIP, 117 K's, 1.205 WHIP) gets the call for the Marlins after allowing one run over seven innings against the Phillies last Monday. The right-hander has a 2.45 ERA in three starts since he was ejected after hitting the Braves' Ronald Acuna to begin his Aug. 15 start. Urena allowed four runs over 5 1/3 innings against the Mets on Aug. 10 during his most recent loss. He is 3-5 with a 3.81 ERA in 12 career meetings with New York, including eight starts.