The Philadelphia Phillies snapped their two-game losing streak on Saturday night, taking down the Mets 3-1. His 10 home runs in 18 games at Citizens Bank Park are the most he has in any visiting ballpark. Cesar Hernandez and Freddy Galvis each delivered an RBI single in the fifth to account for the Phillies’ runs against Matz.
Hoby Milner and Luis Garcia combined to shut the door in the ninth after Tommy Joseph’s sacrifice fly in the eighth gave the Phillies an insurance run. Right fielder Jay Bruce, who led the Mets with 29 home runs, was shipped to Cleveland earlier in the week as NY struggled for consistent offense while wrapping up a homestand, but the club has erupted for 17 runs while taking the first two games in Philadelphia.
Nola (9-7) allowed just two hits, walked two and struck out eight.
Dominic Smith, in his second major league game, finished 0-for-3 at the plate. Infielder Jose Reyes started in his place at second base and batted second, going 0-for-4.
Cameron Rupp went 0-2 with a walk. Aaron Nola has found a nice groove for Philadelphia and will get the start Saturday opposite left-hander Steven Matz.
Nola is one of the hottest pitchers in baseball, posting a 1.71 ERA in his last 10 starts.
Steven Matz (2-6, 5.54 ERA) tossed 5 2/3 innings for NY, striking out one and surrendering two runs, both earned, in the bottom of the fifth inning.