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Mets 5, Phillies 1: Bryce Harper ejected, Phillies' offense silenced

Mets 5, Phillies 1: Bryce Harper ejected, Phillies' offense silenced

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NEW YORK — Bryce Harper got tossed, the Phillies' offense went silent, and following a 95-minute rain delay, the Phils were defeated 5-1 Monday night by the Mets.

Harper got the hook for arguing balls and strikes in the top of the fourth inning. Cesar Hernandez took a high pitch out of the zone that was called a strike and Harper said the magic words, resulting in an ejection from home plate umpire Mark Carlson. 

It was the 12th ejection of Harper's eight-year big-league career.

The Phillies have lost four of their last five games and are 12-10. The Mets have the same record.

Huge difference a week makes

Last Tuesday, all eight Phillies Steven Matz faced reached base and came around to score. He didn't record an out.

Facing the Phillies for a second straight start Monday, Matz dealt. Over six innings, he allowed one run on three hits and struck out six, including four K's the first four times he faced Harper and Andrew McCutchen.

Can't cash in

The Phils clearly miss Jean Segura, as any team would. Losing one hitter really can make a profound impact on a lineup, especially when he has the bat-to-ball skills and .328 batting average Segura has provided. On this night, it forced Gabe Kapler to move J.T. Realmuto up to the two-hole, which weakened the five- and eight-spots with Maikel Franco also moving up.

The Phillies' best run-scoring opportunity came in the third inning when Cesar Hernandez doubled, Aaron Altherr walked and Jake Arrieta sacrificed them over to second and third. McCutchen struck out and Realmuto grounded out to end the inning.

The Phillies' only run came on a 401-foot home run from Rhys Hoskins, again on a low pitch. Hoskins demolished an 84 mph changeup to left-center field and it barely went out because of the wind. On a normal night, it might have gone 430.

Can't blame Arrieta

For the fourth consecutive start, Arrieta pitched into the seventh inning. He couldn't complete seven innings this time, being pulled after allowing a leadoff single.

Through five starts, Arrieta is 3-2 with a 2.65 ERA. He struck out seven Mets, five looking.

He kept the Phillies in the game and didn't allow much hard contact but received just the lone run of support.

Injury updates

It sounds like Segura will return Saturday when he is first eligible to be activated from the 10-day IL.

Odubel Herrera may require a few additional days.

Scott Kingery is farther away. The Phillies won't have a timetable for another few days.

All three are dealing with hamstring injuries of varying degrees.

Up next

Zach Eflin (2-2, 3.68) opposes Zack Wheeler (1-2, 6.35) at 7:10 p.m. on NBCSP+.

The Phillies will want to take advantage of missing both Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard in this series.

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Phillies 14, Mets 3: 10-run first inning sets tone for blowout

Phillies 14, Mets 3: 10-run first inning sets tone for blowout

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The Phillies threw a party in the first inning Tuesday night and everybody at sold-out Citizens Bank Park had a good time.

Except for Steven Matz.

The Phillies scored 10 runs in the first inning en route to a 14-3 win over the New York Mets. Matz, the Mets’ starter, faced eight batters and did not get an out before exiting the game.

The Phillies sent 14 men to the plate in their festive first inning. They stroked six extra-base hits, including three-run homers by Scott Kingery and Maikel Franco. J.T. Realmuto had a pair of two-run doubles in the inning. The Mets made three errors in the inning.

The victory improved the Phillies to 10-6. The Mets are 10-7.

The keys

• The Phillies capitalized on Mets’ mistakes right out of the chute. Shortstop Amed Rosario made the first of his two first-inning errors on a ground ball by leadoff man Andrew McCutchen. Jean Segura then doubled and Bryce Harper was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Realmuto followed with a two-run double. Kingery then hit the next pitch for a three-run homer.

• Later in the first inning, the Phils capitalized on more Mets mistakes when Franco followed a walk and an error with his three-run homer. He leads the team with six homers.

• Kingery has made the most of limited playing time. In addition to his three-run homer, he had a single and two-run double while playing third base and shortstop. He was also plunked by a pitch in the eighth inning. Manager Gabe Kapler has talked a lot recently about getting Kingery more playing time. It could come at second, third or even in center field. Kingery is earning the time. Over his last seven games, he is 11 for 17 (.647) with four doubles, a homer and five RBIs.

Pivetta's night

Given how poorly Nick Pivetta had pitched in his first three outings, this was probably a small step in the right direction. He pitched five innings and gave up three runs. However, he needed 100 pitches to complete the five innings and he surrendered two homers. Pivetta did a good job getting a double-play ball to get out of first-inning trouble.

Pivetta still has a ways to go and he needs to deliver because the Phils called up Jerad Eickhoff earlier in the day and he delivered four shutout innings. He gave up three hits, walked none and struck out six. Sure, Eickhoff’s performance came in a blowout, but he can put some pressure on people if he continues to get outs.

Health check

Rhys Hoskins rested his swollen left ankle. There’s a chance he could play on Wednesday. More on that here.

Segura left the game after the first inning with left hamstring tightness. Kingery, who started at third, moved to short and Franco, who started at first, moved to third. Andrew Knapp took over at first.

Up next

The series concludes Wednesday afternoon with Jake Arrieta getting the start against Zack Wheeler.

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Phillies go crazy in a first inning Mets would like to forget

Phillies go crazy in a first inning Mets would like to forget

The Phillies began Tuesday night’s game against the Mets with a bang.

Actually, lots of bangs.

They sent 14 men to the plate and scored 10 runs in the first inning. They had six hits — all for extra bases.

Scott Kingery and Maikel Franco both hit three-run homers against Mets lefty starter Steve Matz. J.T. Realmuto had a pair of two-run doubles.

Matz exited after eight batters. He did not register an out. Shortstop Amed Rosario made two errors behind him. The Mets made three errors in all in the inning.

Matz became only the fifth starting pitcher since 1908 to allow at least eight runs without recording an out.

Phillies starting pitcher Nick Pivetta allowed a pair of homers in the second and third innings as the Mets cut the Phils’ lead to 10-2.

The 10-run inning was the Phillies’ largest since April 8, 2017 when they scored 12 first-inning runs against the Washington Nationals en route to a 17-3 win at Citizens Bank Park. Washington starter Jeremy Guthrie allowed six hits, four walks and 10 runs while getting just two outs in the inning. That ended up being the last outing of Guthrie’s 13-year career.

Segura exits

Shortstop Jean Segura left the game after the first inning with left hamstring tightness. Segura batted twice in the opening frame, doubling and grounding out.

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