Nola dominant again as Phillies beat Mets 3-1

Solenn Plantier
Août 13, 2017

With rain on the forecast, the Phillies are contemplating using a reliever to begin the game to avoid Nola's start being cut short.

That snapped a two-game winning streak for the Mets (52-62), who lost for the first time at Citizens Bank Park this season.

Mets starter Steven Matz almost matched or bettered Nola, taking a no-hitter into the fifth.

Nick Williams legged out an infield hit and Maikel Franco followed with a line single to leftfield.

Ricardo Pinto struck out Cespedes on a 98 miles per hour to strand two runners in the eighth, and Tommy Joseph hit a sacrifice fly against Erik Goeddel in the bottom half. Odubel Herrera leads the Phillies with 122 hits and 45 RBI while Freddy Galvis and Cesar Hernandez have combined for 209 hits and 71 RBI. Matz is 0-5 with a 9.51 ERA in his last seven appearances.

The Mets are 0-6 in their last 6 Sunday games. They need healthy, dominant pitching. Matz gave up just two runs in 5 2/3 innings.

"I think if he makes more quality pitches than not, even though you are going to hang a breaking ball here and you're going to get a fastball over the plate". If we can see that he is getting extension on his delivery.

"We all know he has too good a stuff to continue pitching like he has", manager Terry Collins said before the game. He quickly added his 151st to his resume Saturday, homering in his second at-bat, a solo, fourth-inning shot that briefly gave the Mets the lead.

Just prior to the first pitch, the Mets removed second baseman Neil Walker from the starting lineup and replaced him with Jose Reyes as reports circulated Walker had been traded to the Brewers. The Mets have scored 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 11 games. Saying he could not talk about a deal that was not official, Walker left the ballpark.

Philadelphia's Rhys Hoskins went 0 for 4 with a strikeout and is hitless in 10 at-bats with four strikeouts since he was brought up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Cespedes' homer against Nola accounted for the Mets' lone run.

48-of-56. With Yoenis Cespedes' fourth-inning homer, the Mets have homered in 48 of 56 games away from Citi Field.

Amed Rosario not only had one of the Mets two hits off starter Aaron Nola, he made two tremendous defensive plays.

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