The Mets took a two-run lead in this game on two separate occasions, but saw that lead erased both times. Michael Conforto hit an absolute bomb of a home run to extend the Mets’ 1-0 lead to two runs in the fourth inning. Steven Matz yielded a run in the top of the next inning that cut the Mets’ lead in half, but escaped the inning without further damage.
Things got dicey for the Mets in the sixth when the Phillies tied the game at two runs apiece. With the game already tied, the Phillies had first and third with two outs and sent up the righty Phil Gosselin to pinch hit. In a puzzling move, Mickey Callaway removed Matz from the game in favor of another lefty Luis Avilan, who walked Gosselin to load the bases. Callaway again made a pitching change and put in Brad Brach, who logged a key out by inducing a fly out from Jean Segura to end the inning. Brach would go on to toss another scoreless inning in the seventh and Justin Wilson logged a 1-2-3 eighth with two strikeouts.
The Mets staged a rally in the bottom of the eighth off Blake Parker and Hector Neris thanks to clutch RBI singles from Pete Alonso and Wilson Ramos that plated two runs and gave the Mets a 4-2 lead. With Seth Lugo apparently unavailable, Edwin Diaz was tasked with protecting the lead in the ninth. Once again, he was unable to do so. He gave up a two-run homer to J.T. Realmuto that tied the game at four.
However, this time, the Mets were able to bail Diaz out. They mounted a rally against Mike Morin, all with two outs. Juan Lagares—in the game for defense—started things off with a single. J.D. Davis followed with a pinch-hit single that advanced Lagares to third. Gabe Kapler then removed Morin from the game and replaced him with Nick Vincent, who hit Jeff McNeil with an 0-2 pitch to load the bases. Pete Alonso then worked the count full and took a 3-2 pitch high for a walk to win the game for the Mets.
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