PHILADELPHIA – Francisco Lindor may not hit, but the rest of this Mets series is starting to show signs of life.
The most welcome additions are Michael Conforto and Jeff McNeil, who spent most of this season first month in marked downturns. Dominic Smith’s recent downturn also looks set.
Sunday night, it came together for the Mets in the form of an eighth inning with six runs that drove a wild 8-7 win over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Mets (11-11) won their second stretch and their scoring total was one of the best of the season. It gave the Mets a running game of scoring at least five runs for the first time this season.
Somehow the Mets survived the ninth. Rhys Hoskins appeared to hit a game-binding homer from Edwin Diaz with two outs, but the call was toppled by a crew chief̵
In a huge eighth inning, the Mets sent 10 hits on the plate and beat the Phillies bullpen, including Jose Alvarado – who earlier in the day was suspended three games (he appeals) for his role in urging the benches to empty on Friday night.
Pete Alonso delivered the big hit in the eighth, a three-run double after the Mets had gathered to take the lead. Kevin Pillar homered the lead from the inning, and Jonathan Villar’s attentive basic drive contributed to another race. On the play, Jose Peraza tried a knife hitter from Hoskins’ glove with the ball deflected behind him. Villar had originally stopped at third, but when the Phillies were not paying attention, he broke to the plate to tie it 4-4. Conforto went on later – his fourth time reaching base in the game – to force his way into the race before Alonso’s double right-center gave a cushion. Roman Quinn stroked an RBI triple against Edwin Diaz in the ninth at night, with the Mets bullpen allowing four runs, three of which were earned.
Lindor went 0-for-5 and saw her average drop to .171. Lindor, who remains tied for the No. 2 hole in the lineup, has a homer and three RBIs. In his biggest om-bat of the night, he was retired by Zach Eflin with the bases loaded to finish the sixth inning.
Miguel Castro surrendered a three-run homer to Didi Gregorius in the sixth inning to give the Phillies a 4-2 lead. The explosion ended a 19-inning scoreless streak by the Mets relievers.
David Peterson gave the Mets a chance by allowing an earned run of four hits and twice, with eight strikes, over five innings. It was another equally solid start for the left-hander, allowing two earned runs over six innings against the Red Sox last week.
The Mets took a 2-1 lead in the sixth after Smiths second double of the game. Pillar designated, and James McCann’s fieldman’s choice brought in the race. But the Mets missed an opportunity to extend the lead when Lindor retired to the finals out with the bases loaded.
Conforto’s RBI single in the third had tied it 1-1. It continued a solid weekend for Conforto, who blew up a clear homer in the ninth inning a day earlier, after making a two-run double against Zack Wheeler.
Andrew McCutchen launched Peterson’s third pitch in the game for a leading homer, but the Mets escaped further injury in inning with the help of McNeil’s glove after Hoskins left and Bryce Harper singlet.
Alex Bohm hit a shot towards the middle which McNeil managed to knock down and turn to Lindor to start an inning-ending double play. McNeil’s quick reflexes saved at least one run and perhaps an even more messy extended inning.
Smith doubled the lead out of the second and was thrown out by Quinn, who tried to score on Pillars single.