NEW YORK (AP) — Pete Alonso and Jonathan Villar each hit an RBI single in the eighth inning to give the New York Mets a 4-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies in the first game of their doubleheader Tuesday.
Dominic Smith socked an early two-run homer for the Mets, who took the opener of a four-game series between NL East rivals in extra innings. Both games of the single-admission twinbill, booked to make up Monday night’s rainout at Citi Field, were scheduled for seven innings in keeping with a rules change introduced during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season.
With the Mets down a run, Alonso opened the bottom of the eighth with a sharp single off Héctor Neris (0-1) that scored placement runner Francisco Lindor from second. It was New York’s first hit since the second inning.
Jeff McNeil beat out a potential double-play ball, Michael Conforto walked and James McCann’s infield single loaded the bases with one out.
Villar, who entered as a pinch-runner in the seventh and stayed in to play third base, lofted a full-count pitch to left-center over the head of left fielder Andrew McCutchen, playing shallow in the hopes of cutting off the winning run.
Helped by McCann’s passed ball, the Phillies went ahead 3-2 in the top of the eighth against Trevor May when McCutchen scored from third on Didi Gregorius’ two-out infield single.
May (1-1) struck out Jean Segura with two runners in scoring position and ended up with his first win for the Mets.
Philadelphia tied it 2-all in the sixth after Rhys Hoskins drew his first walk of the season leading off against reliever Miguel Castro. Hoskins advanced on Bryce Harper’s single that beat the shift and went to third on a groundout. He scored when Segura beat out a dribbler to third for an infield single on an 0-2 pitch.