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Wheeler, Phillies maintain off Mets 4-Three to spice up playoff hopes

Zack Wheeler restricted the harm in a brief however efficient outing in opposition to his previous staff, Brad Miller hit a tiebreaking homer and the Philadelphia Phillies held off the New York Mets 4-Three Friday night time in a showdown between groups clinging to postseason aspirations.

The Phillies began the day 2 half video games behind St. Louis for the second NL wild card, with San Diego and Cincinnati additionally in the best way. They have been three video games behind NL East-leading Atlanta, with the Mets one other 2 half video games again of that.

Philadelphia’s bullpen — which leads the majors with 32 blown saves — almost gave up Wheeler’s lead. Archie Bradley allowed two runs within the eighth on doubles by Francisco Lindor, Michael Conforto and Kevin Pillar earlier than Ian Kennedy took over and obtained the final out of the inning.


Kennedy additionally pitched a 1-2-Three ninth for his 23rd save of the season, together with seven since a deadline commerce from Texas. Brandon Nimmo flied out to the warning observe in left-center for the ultimate out, and the Mets (72-76) dropped to 2-15 of their final 17 one-run video games.

Wheeler (14-9) allowed a run and struck out six over five-plus innings, strolling one and plunking two on 93 pitches. The NL Cy Younger Award hopeful stretched his league-leading punchout whole to 231 and reached 200 innings in a season for the primary time. His ERA inched all the way down to 2.83.

His competitors for the Cy Younger has heated up down the stretch. Milwaukee’s Corbin Burnes pitched the majority of a no-hitter final Saturday, whereas the Dodgers’ Max Scherzer obtained his 3,000th profession strikeout and took an ideal recreation into the eighth inning Sunday.

Miller put the Phillies forward 2-1 within the fifth with a solo shot, his 19th homer of the season. Freddy Galvis and Matt Vierling had sacrifice flies, and Didi Gregorius padded the lead with a late RBI double.

Gregorius additionally made a stunning defensive gem at shortstop within the seventh, diving to his proper for Jonathan Villar’s grounder and — from his abdomen — flipping the ball 30 ft behind his again to second for a forceout.

Phillies supervisor Joe Girardi was ejected within the seventh after third base umpire Carlos Torres dominated that Philadelphia’s Matt Joyce didn’t examine his swing.

Taijuan Walker (7-10) pitched two-run ball over 5 innings for New York, permitting three hits and hanging out three. He was lifted after 88 pitches, an indication the Mets are limiting his workload down the stretch after accidents and the pandemic restricted the 29-year-old All-Star to 67 1/Three innings from 2018-20.

The 31-year-old Wheeler left the Mets for the rival Phillies on a $118 million, five-year free-agent deal previous to the 2020 season and has largely tormented New York since. He improved to 4-1 with a 2.62 ERA in 9 begins in opposition to his former membership.

Wheeler threw a shutout in opposition to the Mets of their earlier assembly Aug. Eight and entered with 22 consecutive scoreless innings in opposition to them — most by a pitcher versus his former staff since Doyle Alexander’s 26-inning run in opposition to Baltimore from 1986-88.

Wheeler’s streak ended with one out within the fourth, when Javier Báez blooped a bases-loaded single to proper that tied the sport at 1.

The precise-hander was pulled with no outs within the sixth after singles by Lindor and Pete Alonso. José Alvarado relieved and escaped to protect a 2-1 lead.


Phillies: C J.T. Realmuto was again within the lineup a day after being hit within the left elbow by a pitch. X-rays have been destructive.

Mets: Nimmo (proper hamstring pressure) was activated from the injured listing and batted second. … RHP Jacob deGrom (forearm tightness) felt good after a bullpen this week and plans to throw one other one this weekend. … RHP Noah Syndergaard (Tommy John surgical procedure) will both face hitters at Citi Discipline or on a minor league rehab task this weekend. … LHP Thomas Szapucki was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse and positioned on the 60-day injured listing because of ulnar nerve transposition surgical procedure. … RHP Jake Reed was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse. … RHP Jordan Yamamoto (proper shoulder discomfort) was reinstated from the 60-day injured listing and optioned to Triple-A.


Phillies RHP Aaron Nola (7-8, 4.58 ERA) faces Mets RHP Carlos Carrasco (1-2, 5.59). Nola has a 6.41 ERA over 4 begins since taking an ideal recreation into the seventh inning in opposition to the Padres on Aug. 21.


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