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Final Score: Phillies 4, Mets 2—Death by foul balls and home runs

Jacob deGrom had a marathon first inning and the Mets offense failed to capitalize on their opportunities.

MLB: New York Mets at Philadelphia Phillies Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Jacob deGrom started today’s game for the Mets after missing a start with a hyperextended elbow he suffered swinging the bat in his last start. He struggled right out of the gate with his command, walking three and throwing 24 pitches before retiring a single batter. He put forth a Herculean effort to get out of the inning unscathed, throwing 45 pitches to escape the bases loaded jam. The Phillies fouled off an absurd number of pitches before deGrom struck out Maikel Franco to finally—mercifully—end the inning.

Given that this was his first start coming back from the DL and the fact that there was an hour-long rain delay before the start of the game, Jacob’s day was done after the one inning of work. He was replaced by Robert Gsellman, who held the fort for three innings.

The Mets struck first in the top of the sixth, finally breaking through against Aaron Nola, thanks to a solo shot by Yoenis Cespedes—just the third home run allowed by Nola this season.

Paul Sewald, too, held the Phillies scoreless until the bottom of the sixth inning when he was left in to face the lefty Nick Williams with two outs and two on, despite Jerry Blevins being warmed up in the bullpen. Williams made the Mets pay for that decision, launching a three run homer to put the Phillies ahead 3-1.

Asdrubal Cabrera inched the Mets closer in the seventh with an RBI double off of Tommy Hunter. But all told, the Mets would score just two runs on eleven hits, leaving nine runners on base and failing to make good on their scoring opportunities.

Carlos Santana gave the Phillies their insurance run to seal the deal, hitting a solo home run against Jeruys Familia to lead off the bottom of the eighth inning. Familia labored through the eighth to keep the Phillies at four, but the Mets were unable to replicate Friday night’s comeback magic, despite a walk from Brandon Nimmo in the ninth.

Full recap to follow.

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