PHILADELPHIA CREAM –Bailey Falter pitched six two-hit innings, Kyle Schwarber tripled and doubled, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the New York Mets 4-1 on Saturday to win part of a day-night doubleheader.
In Game 1, Starling Marte had three hits as the Mets won 8-2.
The Phillies came back in the last drink to top the Mets at the top of the NL East for just the fifth time in 18 games this year. Philadelphia, holding second place in the wild card race, was outscored by New York 90-54 heading into Sunday’s series finale.
“It was a great way to end a long day,” Phillies interim manager Rob Thomson said.
Falter (1-3) allowed a run in his first major league start since July 29. After a turbulent first inning where he walked twice, hit a batter and allowed Francisco Lindor to score on wild pitch, he gave up 16 of the next 18. hitters.
“I came here and I was a little warmed up after this round,” Falter said. “Caleb (Cotham, the Phillies pitching coach) came in and calmed me down. He told me to lock him down after that.”
David Robertson gave up a brace to Jeff McNeil and walked Mark Canha before securing rookie Brett Baty on a pitch for his 17th save of the year and third since joining Philadelphia on a deal trade with the Chicago Cubs.
Alec Bohm hit a two-run brace that just touched the outside edge of David Peterson’s (6-3) left-field chalk line in third. Schwarber tripled in the eighth and scored on Rhys Hoskins’ single.
“Over the past few days we haven’t been able to get the big hit,” Bohm said. “We managed to get this big hit tonight.”
In Game 1, Michael Perez broke an 0-for-19 slump with a two-run single off former Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler.
Part of the Mets’ success against Philadelphia came down to the fact that they excelled against the Phillies’ top two starters, Wheeler and Aaron Nola. In nine games against New York, the two are a combined 0-7 and the Mets have won all nine games the duo have started.
Wheeler (11-7) struggled with his control, walking four while striking out six in 5 1/3 innings. The Mets worked deep throughout the first innings and increased Wheeler’s pitching count.
Mets pitchers Trevor Williams, Seth Lugo (3-2), Joely Rodriguez, Adam Ottavino and Sam Clay limited the Phillies to six hits while blocking 12 runners.
“We had a good first game,” Mets manager Buck Showalter said. “We just couldn’t string together much (in Game 2). They’ve got some good guys in the bullpen and we knew it was going to be a challenge after that.”
Food: RHP Taijuan Walker will not be the Mets starter in Sunday’s series finale against the Phillies. Walker was sidelined with back spasms and manager Buck Showalter indicated his return to the mound could be delayed for a day or two. Walker pitched just two innings in his final start on Aug. 16 before leaving the game in an eventual 5-0 loss to Atlanta.
Phillies; RHP Seranthony Dominguez was ruled out of Saturday’s doubles match after feeling tightness in his right triceps in the morning. “It was a little tight this morning,” Dominguez told reporters late Saturday night. Dominguez — who has been an anchor in the back of the Philadelphia bullpen — returned this season after recovering more than two years from elbow problems and Tommy John surgery. He is expected to receive further evaluation on Sunday morning and his status is day to day. “I take it seriously,” Dominguez said. “I have to take care of my arm. It’s the only way for me to compete.”
The season streak will end Sunday afternoon with the Phillies sending Kyle Gibson (8-5, 4.30) to the mound against Mets RHP Jose Butto, who is 6-6 and 4.22 ERA in 22 appearances for Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Syracuse