September 2, 2015: Homers Lift Mets Over Phillies

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Date: September 2, 2015
Mets starter: Matt Harvey
Mets: 9
Phillies: 4
Winning pitcher: Matt Harvey
Key player(s): Kelly Johnson, Ruben Tejada, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
Key play: Johnson's double, Mets' home runs

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Wednesday night at Citi Field. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets connected for three home runs in a 9-4 win over Philadelphia.

Mets' starter Matt Harvey struck out the side in order in the top of the first inning. The Phils' Aaron Nola pitched a perfect bottom half and Harvey gave up only a single to Andres Blanco in the top of the second. David Wright singled to lead off the bottom of the inning. Michael Conforto and Travis d'Arnaud were retired on outfield fly balls and Kelly Johnson hit a double to drive home Wright. Ruben Tejada followed with an inside-the-park home run for a 3-0 Mets lead. Nola then threw a called third strike past Harvey to end the inning.

Harvey retired all three batters in the top of the third. Curtis Granderson got a single to begin the bottom half. Yoenis Cespedes lined out to center fielder Odubel Herrera and a double by Daniel Murphy brought home Granderson. Wright grounded out to shortstop Freddy Galvis and a two-run homer by Conforto extended the Mets' lead to 6-0. D'Arnaud doubled and moved to third base on Johnson's infield single. Nola then got Tejada to line out to right fielder Domonic Brown and finish off the inning.

Harvey yielded just a single to Herrera in the top of the fourth. Nola held the Mets to a single by Cespedes in the bottom half and Cody Asche singled to open the top of the fifth. Cameron Rupp popped out to second baseman Johnson and a single by Galvis ensued. On his own hit, Galvis went to second base (and Asche to third) via an error by center fielder Cespedes. Pinch-hitter Erik Kratz doubled to drive home Asche and Galvis. Kratz moved to third on Darnell Sweeney's ground out to Johnson and scored on Cesar Hernandez's single to cut the Mets' lead to 6-3. Harvey then fanned Herrera to close out the inning.

Wright drew a walk against Philadelphia reliever Dalier Hinojosa to begin the bottom of the fifth. Conforto flied out to right fielder Sweeney and a double by d'Arnaud followed. Johnson was walked intentionally to load the bases and Tejada grounded out to first baseman Ryan Howard to bring home Wright. Harvey flied out to Herrera to end the inning and shut down the Phillies in the top of the sixth. Hinojosa then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

Sweeney slugged a solo home run with one out in the top of the seventh. Hernandez drew a walk and Harvey was replaced on the mound by Mets' reliever Sean Gilmartin. Herrera greeted Gilmartin with a single that sent Hernandez to third base. Howard grounded to shortstop Tejada for an inning-ending double play and Conforto got a leadoff single against the Phils' Adam Loewen in the bottom half. With d'Arnaud at bat, pinch-runner Eric Young was caught stealing on catcher Rupp's throw to second baseman Hernandez. D'Arnaud singled and Johnson followed with a force play ground ball to Hernandez. Johnson stole second and scored on Tejada's single for an 8-4 Mets lead. Loewen then struck out pinch-hitter Juan Uribe to end the inning.

Mets' reliever Tyler Clippard retired the side 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth. With one out in the bottom half, Cespedes homered against Philadelphia's Colton Murray for ninth New York run. Murray fanned both Michael Cuddyer and Wright for the inning's final outs and the Mets' Addison Reed got Galvis on a fly ball to left fielder Cespedes (who had shifted from center) to start the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Aaron Altherr popped out to Johnson. Reed then retired Sweeney on a fly ball to center fielder Juan Lagares for the final out of the game. The Mets had a series-closing victory.