In a back-and-forth affair in Philadelphia, the final “forth” went the way of the Mets—as it has tended to of late at Citizens Bank Park. Seth Lugo struggled early, surrendering three runs in the first inning. A Michael Conforto bomb leading off the second inning cut the lead to 3-1, and a Yoenis Cespedes three-run home run the following inning gave the Mets a 4-3 lead.
After the Phillies knotted the game in the bottom of the third, the Mets regained the lead in the fifth when a Neil Walker single plated Amed Rosario. Walker advanced on a wild pitch and then scored on a Cespedes RBI single.
Down 6-4, the Phillies got one back on in the bottom of the sixth thanks in part to some shaky opening night defense from Dominic Smith. A whiff on a Freddy Galvis double down the first base line put runners on second and third. The run scored on the next play, a ground out that Smith had some trouble with. That would be Smith’s last play of his debut, as Terry Collins double-switched him out when pulling Seth Lugo.
If Smith looked understandably nervous in his debut, comparative veteran Rosario looked all settled in. After Cesar Hernandez tied the game up in the bottom of the eighth with a home run off of Jerry Blevins, Rosario—2-3 already in the game—led off the ninth with his first career home run, which turned into a game-winner when A.J. Ramos closed out his second save as a Met.
Full recap to follow.
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