A slow start from Zack Wheeler and a strong outing from Aaron Nola gave the Phillies an 8-3 win over the Mets. >> Box score
Five things to know from Sunday's game
1) Wheeler got off to a rough start for the Mets on the bump. Scott Kingery singled and moved to third on a single from Bryce Harper. Rhys Hopkins then knocked a double, scoring Kingery. J.T. Realmuto sent a second-straight double for the Phillies, scoring both Harper and Hopkins. That initiated a mound visit, which didn't help at first as Jay Bruce then scored Realmuto with a line drive single. Wheeler eventually stopped the bleeding, but not before four Phillies crossed the plate. In total, Wheeler went five innings, allowing eight hits and six runs with seven strikeouts.
2) Dominic Smith said he's willing to play in the outfield with Pete Alonso at first base in order to get in the lineup more. He let his play do the talking in left field on Sunday. Smith flashed excellent range and effort on a pop fly in foul territory, as he rushed to the stands behind third base on a Kingery fly ball and hauled in a catch that appeared to be about four seats into the stands. Smith caught the ball and nearly flipped completely over with his feet in the air on the play, but he held on for the out.
3) The former Met in Bruce continued his tear as a Met killer since being traded from the Mariners to the Phillies. Bruce has 11 RBIs in 7 games against the Mets this year. In those seven games, Bruce also has four home runs and hit two more on Sunday. His first was a two-run shot which ended Wheeler's day. After the Mets scored two runs to cut into the Phillies lead, Bruce brought back a little more insurance for his team with another solo blast in the eighth.
4) The Mets put themselves in a hole early defensively thanks to the four-run first inning for the Phillies. Offensively, Nola kept digging that hole bigger and bigger. Nola had a no-hitter working through the first five frames of the game before the Mets bats finally caught up to him. In total, Nola allowed three hits and two runs with six strikeouts in 6.2 innings of work. He improved to 7-1 in his career against the Mets.
5) It was far too little and far too late, but Alonso notched one more home run in the final game before the All-Star break. Alonso broke up Nola's no-hit bid, as he blasted a two-run homer to center field, which also scored Jeff McNeil, who reached base on an error. Alosno ended up with 30 homers before the break, which tied him with Yankees' slugger Aaron Judge and his 2017 rookie tear. Alonso and Judge are tied for the second-most home runs by a rookie before the break, only trailing Mark McGwire's 33 in 1987. Alonso's two RBIs also brought him to 68 on the year, which is the most in MLB history during the first half of a season by a rookie. He surpassed's Albert Pujols' 66.
The Mets enter the All-Star break. The Home Run Derby will take place on Monday, while the All-Star game is slated for a 7:30 p.m. first pitch on Tuesday from Cleveland.