The Phillies rode the pitching of Jake Arrieta and the power of solo homers to earn a 3-2 win over the Mets Wednesday afternoon and take the rubber match of their three-game series.
Arrieta was in complete command throughout, getting Mets players to continually beat the ball in the ground, including three GDPs to snuff out potential rallies. The only hiccup was a gopher ball to Michael Conforto for the Mets’ first run.
Zack Wheeler did not pitch bad and went deep into the game, giving the Mets seven solid innings. He gave up a scratch run in the second inning, one that perhaps wouldn’t have scored if the umpire didn’t blow a strike call to Makiel Franco, who ended up getting a sac fly for the game’s first run.
But any chance of blaming the outcome on the umps went out the window when Wheeler gave up two solo homers.
The Mets made it interesting in the ninth, as they pushed across a run (charged to Arrieta, who was removed after giving up a leadoff infield single) and had the bases loaded with two outs. But Keon Broxton struck out to end the game. Broxton now has a .200/.294/.200 line in 33 PA and has to be under consideration now for a demotion once Todd Frazier and Jed Lowrie return.