Another strong performance from Jake Arrieta and a pair of solo home runs were the difference for the Phillies Wednesday afternoon as they completed a series win over the Mets with a 3-2 victory.
Arrieta allowed one run over eight innings, improving to 3-1 with a 2.25 ERA through four starts. He's made four straight quality starts to begin his season. He did not have a streak of four straight quality starts at any point in 2018.
Arrieta came out to pitch the ninth but was pulled after allowing a leadoff single, which eventually came around to score. Adam Morgan and Hector Neris walked a tightrope but picked up the final three outs. Neris struck Keon Broxton out on a full count with the bases loaded to close it out.
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The Phillies are 11-6 and have gone 4-1-1 in their six series. The Mets are 10-8.
Keys to victory
• Scott Kingery stayed hot with a solo home run to right field. Since starting the season 0 for 4, Kingery is 12 for 20 with four doubles and two homers. At no point in his rookie year was he this hot.
• Cesar Hernandez had a productive day at the plate against Mets right-hander Zack Wheeler. Hernandez worked an 11-pitch walk in the second inning to load the bases, and Maikel Franco followed with a sacrifice fly for the Phillies' first run. In the sixth, Hernandez took Wheeler deep for his second longball of the year.
• Arrieta induced inning-ending double plays in the third, seventh and eighth innings. He allowed only six fly balls to the 28 batters he faced.
• J.T. Realmuto is hot at the plate. He went 2 for 4 with a pair of singles and is up to .279/.348/.426 on the season. His work on the basepaths was what stood out the most. He went first to third on a single to left field, scored on a sac fly to center with the centerfielder catching the ball while running toward the plate, and later beat out an infield single. Ninety percent of catchers would be out on all three plays.
Another hammy pull
Odubel Herrera left the game in the fifth inning with an apparent hamstring injury, making it two hammy pulls in two days for the Phillies after Jean Segura left last night. A call-up of Roman Quinn is the logical move if Herrera has to miss time.
The Phillies head to Colorado. The pitching matchups are:
Thursday - Zach Eflin (2-1, 3.94) vs. LHP Kyle Freeland (1-3, 5.40)
Friday - Vince Velasquez (0-0, 2.25) vs. German Marquez (2-1, 2.00)
Saturday - Aaron Nola (1-0, 7.45) vs. Antonio Senzatela (1-0, 1.35)
Sunday - Jerad Eickhoff (0-0, 0.00) vs. Jon Gray (1-3, 3.42)
Marquez is one tough customer. He pitched a one-hit shutout Sunday against the Giants.