Dominic Smith hit a heroic late-inning home run. Rhys Hoskins hit an even more heroic, later one to give the Phillies the first game of this series.
The Mets took an early lead when Jay Bruce peppered Aaron Nola’s first pitch of the second inning over the right centerfield wall. That didn’t last long. Jorge Alfaro led off the top of third with a walk against Steven Matz. After Nola struck out, Carlos Santana sent a shot of his own over the left centerfield fence for a 2-1 Philadelphia lead. That didn’t last long either. In the bottom half, Brandon Nimmo drew a one-out walk and came scampering home on Jeff McNeil’s following double.
There the game stayed until the sixth, when the Mets were sabotaged by an old friend. Matz had been pinch-hit for — to no avail — in the fifth and Odubel Herrera led off with a double off reliever Eric Hanhold. After Nick Williams struck out, Asdrubal Cabrera laced a single up the middle. scoring Herrera and the Phils had the lead once again. In the bottom of the seventh, Smith hit his third homer of the season to tie the game again. Hoskins answered that immediately. The Mets went down meekly in the eighth and ninth.
It’ll be Zach Eflin vs. Noah Syndergaard Saturday night in Flushing.