The Phillies got back to business on Saturday, extending their winning streak to seven games with a 5-3 win over the Mets at Citizens Bank Park.
The seven-game winning streak is the Phillies ‘longest since 2012. The win also increased the Phils’ lead over the Mets to 1 1/2 games in the National Eastern League.
“This group, I know you are sick of hearing me say it, they are tough,” manager Joe Girardi said. “We lost two games in a row and bounced back, and that’s exactly what they did. It was fantastic and it comes from so many different places.
Brad Miller led the offense, hitting a pair of solo home runs while Odubel Herrera hit a three-run blast on second bridge to highlight a four-run fifth inning.
Ranger Suarez was on a throwing count, but threw 2 2/3 frames scoreless to open the contest. JD Hammer followed with his longest outing in the Majors, pitching 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief while recording three strikeouts.
The Mets were held scoreless until the ninth when reliever Mauricio Llovera gave up three straight solo homers. Ian Kennedy closed the door with a pair of strikeouts to recover his first save with the Phillies.
The crowd of 37,057 people gave the impression of a post-season atmosphere in South Philadelphia.
“It feels really good to play when the stadium is packed like that,” Herrera said through a translator. ” It’s very exciting ; it’s a good mood, a good atmosphere. It’s great to play in an environment like that.
The two clubs conclude their three-game set on Sunday. Zack Wheeler will take the hill for the Phillies. The Mets will counter with right-hander Taijuan Walker.