White Hot Phillies Take First Two Of Four From The Mets


Bryson Stott hit a leadoff homer in the ninth against All-Star closer Edwin Díaz and delivered the tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the 10th inning as the MLB-leading Phillies beat the Mets 5-4 Monday night.

The Phillies trailed 4-2 before Díaz gave up Stott’s homer — the fourth homer of the season surrendered by Díaz, who gave up just three homers in 2022 before missing last season with a torn patellar tendon in his right knee that he sustained while celebrating a win for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic.

Díaz then surrendered a single to pinch-hitter Kody Clemens the first pinch-hit of the season in 16 at-bats for Philadelphia — and walked Brandon Marsh. Two outs later, Díaz walked Whit Merrifield before hitting Alec Bohm with a pitch.

Díaz hadn’t blown a two-run lead in a save situation since May 24, 2022, against the Giants. He threw 30 pitches Monday, his most since a 35-pitch effort against the Cardinals on May 19, 2022, while facing eight batters, his most since he faced nine against the Pirates on July 11, 2021.

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Díaz has a 3.24 ERA and is averaging 13.5 strikeouts per nine innings. He had a 1.31 ERA and averaged 17.1 strikeouts per nine innings in 2022. Bryce Harper, the automatic runner to start the 10th, took third on a wild pitch by Sean Reid-Foley (1-1) and scored easily on Stott’s long fly out to right.

Orion Kerkering (1-0) threw a perfect ninth and José Alvarado earned his eighth save with a 1-2-3 ninth, stranding automatic runner DJ Stewart at second. Starter Cristopher Sánchez gave up three runs and struck out five in 5 2/3 innings for the Phillies.

Garrett Stubbs and Johan Rojas had RBI for the Phillies, who avoided their third two-game skid of the season. Philadelphia is 29-13, which is tied for the second-best record in franchise history through 42 games. The 1976 team was 31-11 on its way to winning the NL East while the pennant-winning 1993 squad was 29-13.

J.D. Martinez had three hits and two RBI for the Mets. Tomás Nido had an RBI single in the second inning and Pete Alonso scored on an error by Bohm in the seventh inning. Mets starter Sean Manasa surrendered one run and struck out six in six innings.

The teams complete the first half of their unique home-and-home series Tuesday when Phillies RHP Aaron Nola (4-2, 3.67 ERA) opposes Mets RHP José Buttó (1-2, 3.00 ERA). The two, two-game series this week is necessitated by the two games the teams will play in London on June 8-9, when each team will have one “home” game apiece.


Aaron Nola pitched a four-hitter for his fourth major league shutout and the Phillies beat the slumping Mets 4-0 on Tuesday to finish a two-game sweep. Philadelphia scored twice in the third inning against starter Jose Buttó on a hit-by-pitch and a bases-loaded walk. Bryson Stott had a run-scoring single in the ninth and Alec Bohm doubled home a run to finish with two RBI.

Nola (5-2) did the rest, throwing 73 of 109 pitches for strikes in his sixth career complete game and first since a five-hit shutout against Cincinnati in August 2022. He struck out eight and walked none. It was the third time in nine starts this season he lasted at least eight innings.

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After giving up a bloop double and a single in the ninth, Nola retired Fransico Lindor on a routine flyball with runners at the corners to end it. Philadelphia’s sixth shutout tied Cleveland and Boston for most in the majors.

The surging Phillies improved the top record in the majors to 30-13 and earned their first sweep at Citi Field since a three-game series in April 2013. Philadelphia has won or tied all 12 of its series since April 5, the team’s best such streak since August 1994 to June 1995 (13 series). New York (19-22) finished a 1-4 homestand against two NL East rivals and fell to 10-14 at Citi Field after getting shut out for the fourth time overall.

The teams head to Philadelphia to begin another two-game series Wednesday night, the second leg of an unusual home-and-home scheduled to accommodate their two-game set in London from June 8-9. Nola retired his first 15 batters on 59 pitches — 15 coming in two plate appearances by leadoff man Brandon Nimo.

Tyrone Taylor lined a clean single on Nola’s first pitch of the sixth, but the right-hander set down the next three batters. He gave up a leadoff single to Starling Marte in the seventh and still needed just three pitches to retire the side when Lindor lined out and Pete Alonso grounded sharply into a double play. By contrast, it took 97 pitches for Buttó (1-3) to get through five innings — including 41 in the third. Johan Rojas singled leading off, and a pair of walks loaded the bases with two outs.

Buttó plunked Bohm with a pitch to force in the first run, then walked Brandon Marsh to force in another. Buttó permitted only one hit against a depleted Phillies lineup, but Mets pitchers walked eight. It was the seventh time this season New York has issued at least seven free passes. The staff began the day leading the majors in walks.

Phillies: LHP Ranger Suárez (7-0, 1.50 ERA) leads the majors in wins and WHIP. Mets: Mendoza said he’s not sure who will pitch Wednesday because he had scheduled starter Adrian Houser warming up in the ninth.

Matt Bednarczyk
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