The Mets moved into a first-place tie in the NL East as they beat the Phillies 5-1 on Monday night at Citi Field. > Box score
Five things to know about Monday's game
1) Steven Matz put last week's nightmarish start against the Phillies behind him, tossing six innings of one-run ball while allowing three hits, walking two and striking out six, as he lowered his ERA to 4.03. Matz retired the first six batters he faced and worked around a second-and-third, one-out jam in the third inning. He held the Phillies scoreless until Rhys Hoskins hit a solo homer in the top of the fourth inning. Included in Matz' night were two strikeouts of Bryce Harper, who was ejected in the top of the fourth for arguing balls and strikes from the dugout before bounding onto the field and losing his mind (more on that below).
2) While he has been one of the best hitters in baseball that season, Jeff McNeil had yet to hit a homer entering Monday night's game -- then that changed. He hit a solo rocket to right field off Jake Arrieta in the fifth inning to extend the Mets' lead to 3-1.
3) The Mets took a 1-0 lead in the third inning when (who else) Pete Alonso poked an RBI double down the first base line. Two batters later, Wilson Ramos singled up the middle to extend the advantage to 2-0.
4) Harper's ejection came after he argued balls and strikes from the dugout. And though the graphic below shows all the called strikes to Harper were technically correct, the zone was inconsistent all night.
These are the called strikes this evening to Bryce Harper, who was just ejected from the dugout: pic.twitter.com/nVGgAmy2iW- Tim Britton (@TimBritton) April 23, 2019
5) The Mets scored twice in the seventh inning on an Alonso bases-loaded HBP and a Michael Conforto sac fly. Earlier in the inning, McNeil was hit on the hand by a pitch but stayed in the game. Todd Frazier went 1-for-3 in his season debut, returning from an oblique injury that kept him out since spring training.
Bryce Harper was just tossed from the game and was not at all happy with the umpiring crew pic.twitter.com/HDkoI36e5D- SNY (@SNYtv) April 23, 2019
The Mets continue their three-game series with the Phillies on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m.
RHP Zack Wheeler gets the start for the Mets, opposed by RHP Zach Eflin for Philadelphia.