Mets survive another pitching implosion to outlast Phillies


PHILADELPHIA — Somebody had to win.

And that somebody who emerged from the Monday night slog was the Mets, who grabbed a lead in the 11th inning they couldn’t squander, using a Rhys Hoskins error on Michael Conforto’s grounder to score the go-ahead run in a 7-6 victory over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

Conforto’s shot scored Juan Lagares, who had opened the inning with an infield single against Pat Neshek.

Edwin Diaz pitched a perfect 11th to secure the save, ending the marathon in 4 hours, 29 minutes.

Jeurys Familia folded in the eighth, giving the Mets their third blown lead of the game. Jeff McNeil’s diving stop to start a 5-4-3 double play appeared to have Familia ready to skate, but disaster ensued. Familia walked the next two batters to load the bases before Robert Gsellman entered and walked Jean Segura on four pitches to force in a run, tying it 6-6.

Noah Syndergaard became the third straight starting pitcher to flop, joining Jason Vargas and Jacob deGrom, as the Mets look to get their vaunted rotation in order.

Seth Lugo’s name was floated as a possible replacement for the beleaguered Vargas, but the right-hander on this night underscored his value to the bullpen. Lugo fired two scoreless innings of relief, handing the baton to Familia in the eighth. But Odubel Herrera’s leadoff single and Cesar Hernandez’s walk put Familia in immediate danger before Maikel Franco hit into the double play.

Syndergaard somehow survived through five innings, allowing nine hits and three walks with nine strikeouts over 102 pitches. The right-hander had multiple runners on base in three of the five innings he pitched, but escaped with it 5-5.

Syndergaard’s biggest disaster was the third, when he walked pitcher Aaron Nola to start the inning. The Phillies scored three runs to tie it 3-3, with J.T. Realmuto’s two-run single providing the punch.

Brandon Nimmo’s solo homer in the sixth against reliever Jose Alvarez gave the Mets a 6-5 lead. The blast was Nimmo’s third of the season and second in the past four games.

Nimmo walked in his previous plate appearance, in the fourth, and scored on Robinson Cano’s two-run double that gave the Mets a 5-3 lead. J.D. Davis’ leadoff single started that rally.

Franco hammered a high slider in the fourth for a two-run homer that tied it 5-5 after Syndergaard had been handed the lead in the previous half-inning. Hernandez singled leading off the bottom of the frame before Franco hit a rocket into the left-field seats.

Nola, who finished third in last year’s NL Cy Young Award voting, behind Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer, had a third straight rough outing. Nola lasted only four innings and allowed five earned runs on seven hits and three walks and saw his ERA increase to 7.45.

The Mets pounded Nola in the third, as consecutive singles by Conforto, Wilson Ramos and McNeil brought in three runs. Pete Alonso’s walk began the rally.

Syndergaard escaped trouble in the first when Ramos threw out Hoskins attempting to steal second to end the inning. Segura, who stole second base earlier in the inning, was left stranded at third base.