Things you should know about tonight's game...
1) Amed Rosario hit a tie-breaking solo homer leading off the ninth for his first career long ball. The 21-year-old finished 3-for-4 for his first multi-hit game and scored three times.
2) Yoenis Cespedes hit a three-run homer and added an RBI single in the fifth. Michael Conforto homered for the second straight game and Neil Walker added two hits, including an RBI single.
3) Seth Lugo allowed three first-inning runs but lasted until the sixth before leaving with a man on and one out. He was ultimately charged with five runs on eight hits and four walks while striking out a career-high eight batters.
4) Dominic Smith went 1-for-3 in his Major League debut, singling in the fourth for his first career hit. He was double switched out of the game in the bottom of the sixth.
5) Jerry Blevins allowed a game-tying homer to Cesar Hernandez in the eighth, the first run he's allowed in nine appearances dating back to July 9. AJ Ramos retired the side in order in the ninth for his second save as a Met and 22nd of the season.
Postgame reaction from Michael Baron...
It wasn't a pretty game by any means in what was a see-saw affair all night long. But with Smith recording his first hit and both Cespedes and Rosario having big breakout games with some clutch hitting, this was a fun game to watch as the Mets powered their way to yet another victory in Philadelphia.
Lugo didn't pitch well for most of the night tonight, although he did finish really strong. He once again lacked an ability to throw quality strikes inside the zone with a flat curve and a floating fastball up with inconsistent velocity. But if he's healthy, he has to figure out how to get his curveball back towards the bottom of the zone consistently and establish his fastball, something which made him so successful towards the end of 2016.
Céspedes posted his third game of the year with four or more RBI, hitting an absolute bomb to give the Mets a lead in the third, followed by an opposite-field single to drive in Rosario in the fifth inning. When he's had good games recently, he's fallen back into his struggles, showing both a lack of discipline and balance at the plate. He's hugely important, so it would be nice to see Céspedes build upon this performance and work towards finishing this season strong. >> To follow Baron on Twitter, click here.
Highlights from the game...
News and notes...
The Mets won their second straight and improved to 5-0 at Citizens Bank Park this season. New York is 37-14 in Philadelphia since 2012.
New York homered three more times to give them seven in the first two games of the series. They've outhomered the Phillies 17-4 in five games at Citizens Bank Park this season. The Mets' 97 home runs on the road leads the Majors. They hit a club-record 106 long balls away from Citi Field in 2016.
Cespedes' home run was the 150th of his career. He has nine homers and 23 RBIs in 17 career games at Citizens Bank Park.
Conforto is hitting .299 (32-for-107) with 11 homers, 21 RBIs and 21 runs scored in 27 games since the All-Star break.
Lugo has completed five innings in each of his 18 Major League starts. Matt Harvey (44 starts) is the only Met with a longer stretch to begin a career.
The Mets (52-61) go for the series win over the Phillies (42-71) at Citizens Bank Park on Saturday at 7 p.m. on PIX11.
Steven Matz (2-5, 5.77 ERA, 1.51 WHIP) carries an 11.03 ERA during a six-start winless streak into his outing on Saturday. The southpaw allowed five runs over 5 2/3 innings against the Dodgers last Sunday, the fourth time he's allowed five or more runs during his winless stretch. Matz has never faced the Phillies.
Aaron Nola (8-7, 3.12 ERA 1.18 WHIP) toes the rubber in the midst of a strong two-month stretch that includes a 1.76 ERA in his last nine starts. The right-hander surrendered two runs in seven innings during a no-decision last Sunday against the Rockies. Nola allowed four runs over five innings in a 6-4 win against the Mets on April 20.