Kodai Senga and two relievers combined on a two-hit shutout, leading the Mets to a 2-0 win over the Phillies Tuesday night at Citi Field.
Senga pitched his best game of the year, throwing seven shutout innings. The key was that he threw strikes. He did not walk a batter and struck out nine. This was the 14th time a Mets starting pitcher completed six innings and the Mets are perfect when that happens, sporting a 14-0 record.
The key inning was the fourth. In the top of the inning, Nick Castellanos drove a ball deep that Brandon Nimmo reached over the fence to rob a homer. And in the bottom of the inning, Francisco Lindor homered for the first run of the game.
The Mets added an insurance run in the seventh inning, with Eduardo Escobar driving home a run with a seeing-eye single. The Mets almost had a big inning, as with two runners on, Nimmo smacked one into the gap. But Castellanos returned the favor, robbing Nimmo of an extra-base hit and two RBIs.
Buck Showalter removed Senga after seven innings and 100 pitches. Adam Ottavino came on and immediately issued a 4-pitch walk. Ottavino is not very good holding on runners and the Phillies tried to make him play. But Francisco Alvarez made a throw from crouching position and Jeff McNeil made an acrobat play to apply the tag. Ruled safe by the umpire, the call was overturned by review.
David Robertson gave up a hit in the ninth inning but got a double play to end the game and pick up his ninth save of the year.