Steven Matz finally has a positive outing, but Mets lose to Phillies

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 13, 2017

Steven Matz gave up all four hits and two runs in the fifth inning as he gave away a one-run lead.

Phillies right-hander Aaron Nola continued to pitch like one of the best pitchers in baseball with another stellar seven innings in a 3-1 victory over the Mets. It makes sense, as Nola has been in fine form lately - compiling a 1.79 ERA and 70 strikeouts over his last nine starts - so the Phillies want to get as many innings out of him as possible. It was the 10 homer in Citizens Bank Park for Cespedes in 36 career games.

The game was delayed 33 minutes due to an on-field pregame ceremony in which the Phillies honored players inducted into of their Wall of Fame while paying tribute to deceased members Jim Bunning, Darren Daulton and Dallas Green. Yoenis Cespedes homered off the right-hander in the fourth inning for the Mets' only run.

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. DeGrom was hit on the right arm above the elbow on Nick Williams' liner Thursday.

Matz (2-6) left after 5 2/3 innings, allowing just the four hits with two walks, two runs and one strikeout. He held the Phillies hitless for the first four innings then gave up four singles and two runs in the fifth. Bullpen report The rookie Pinto came up huge in striking out Cespedes on three pitches, including a 98-mph finisher, with two men on base to end the top of the eighth and preserve a one-run lead. At the plate The Phillies did not exactly tear the cover off the ball in scoring two runs in the fifth inning to erase a 1-0 deficit. He gave up back-to-back singles to Nick Williams and Maikel Franco.

Hoby Milner and Luis Garcia combined to shut the door in the ninth after Tommy Joseph's sacrifice fly in the eighth gave the Phillies an insurance run. Odubel Herrera's hitting streak rose to 15 games.

Amed Rosario's backhanded stop of Rhys Hoskins' grounder and Derek Jeter-esque jump throw to first for an out in the fourth inning. Cespedes' homer against Nola accounted for the Mets' lone run. Pitching plans The Phillies have not named a starter for Tuesday night's game in San Diego.

The Mets rebuild is centered around their starting pitching, which has been their downfall this season and last. Zach Eflin gets the ball, and he is 1-3 with a 5.67 ERA and 28 strikeouts this season.

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