PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Amed Rosario’s first career homer broke a tie leading off the ninth inning, Yoenis Cespedes and Michael Conforto also went deep and the New York Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-6 on Friday night.
After Cesar Hernandez hit a tying, solo homer in the eighth off Jerry Blevins, Rosario connected off Phillies closer Hector Neris (4-5) to cap a three-hit night. The rookie shortstop entered the game batting .161 (5 for 31).
Hansel Robles (7-3) got the final two outs in the eighth and AJ Ramos finished for his 22nd save in 24 chances.
Mets starter Seth Lugo gave up five runs and eight hits, striking out a career-best eight in 5 1/3 innings.
Phillies starter Nick Pivetta (4-8) allowed six runs — five earned — and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings.
Neil Walker and Cespedes hit consecutive RBI singles in the fifth to put the Mets ahead 6-4.
The Phillies jumped ahead 3-0 in the first inning. Nick Williams and Tommy Joseph had RBI singles.
Conforto led off the second with an opposite-field drive to left-center for his 25th homer.
Cespedes gave the Mets a 4-3 lead in the third when he blasted a 429-foot drive to left for his 13th homer. He has nine homers and 23 RBIs in 17 games at hitter-friendly Citizens Bank Park.
Joseph answered with an RBI double in the bottom half to tie it at 4.
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The Mets called up 1B Dominic Smith, a first-round pick in 2013. Smith was hitting .330 with 16 homers and 34 doubles at Triple-A Las Vegas. Smith hit a single up the middle in his second at-bat and went 1 for 3.
Phillies: RHP Vince Velasquez was placed on the 10-day DL because of a right middle finger injury. INF/OF Ty Kelly was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to take his roster spot.
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WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross watched batting practice on the field before the game and then sat in a suite with former Phillies manager Charlie Manuel and 600-homer hitter Jim Thome. Ross, who will release his autobiography “Slobberknocker” in October, is appearing at the Icons of Wresting convention on Saturday in Philadelphia.
Mets: LHP Steven Matz (2-5, 5.77 ERA) makes his first career start vs. the Phillies. Matz is 0-4 with an 11.03 ERA in six starts since tossing seven scoreless innings in consecutive outings.
Phillies: RHP Aaron Nola (8-7, 3.12) starts for the third time against the Mets. He is 6-3 with a 1.76 ERA in his last nine appearances.
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