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Final Score: Mets 10, Phillies 5—Swinging in the rain

The Mets’ offense explodes for 10 runs, but Syndergaard leaves the game after getting hit in the ribs by a line drive.

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The Mets beat the Phillies 10-5 on a rainy night at Citi Field to even the series at one game apiece.

The Mets’ offense got to work early, scoring three runs off Zach Eflin in the bottom of the second inning on a Tomas Nido double with the bases loaded. Things did not get much better for Eflin in the third, with Jeff McNeil leading off the inning with a triple into the right field corner. After intentionally walking Jay Bruce later in the inning, Todd Frazier hit a three-run homer to left field, doubling the Mets’ lead to 6-0. Jay Bruce brought home another run in the fourth on a bloop single, giving Noah Syndergaard a seven-run lead to work with.

Having been given a big lead relatively early in the game, Noah Syndergaard managed to give the Mets six-and-two-thirds innings despite clearly not having his best stuff. The Phillies scored two runs in the sixth on a Rhys Hoskins solo home run and a Cesar Hernandez infield single with Asdrubel Cabrera on third. Syndergaard allowed RBI singles to Wilson Ramos and Cesar Hernandez in the seventh inning, cutting the Mets’ lead to 7-4. Throughout the outing, Syndergaard allowed entirely too many baserunners, giving up a staggering 12 hits and five walks in 6.2 innings.

The Mets scored two insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth, on a Todd Frazier sacrifice fly and a Brandon Nimmo single. Jeff McNeil had another excellent night at the plate, accounting for three of the Mets’ 11.

Syndergaard’s night ended with two outs in the seventh inning, when Cesar Hernandez hit a hard line drive that struck Syndergaard in the ribs. Syndergaard left the game immediately to go for x-rays, which came back negative after the game. Syndergaard somehow managed to hold the Phillies to just four runs despite the multitude of baserunners, getting the benefit of three double plays made behind him, and a big out from Jerry Blevins, which stranded three runners he inherited from Syndergaard.

The Mets cruised from there, getting another insurance run in the form of a Michael Conforto solo shot in the eighth. After Jerry Blevins came back out to give the Mets a scoreless eighth, Robert Gsellman gave up a meaningless run on a Cesar Hernandez sacrifice fly in the ninth before getting Scott Kingery to fly out to center to end the game. In the end the Mets beat the Phillies 10-5, evening up the series at one game apiece in the process.

Full recap to follow.

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