NEW YORK (AP) — David Peterson matched a career high with 10 strikeouts in six dominant innings and batterymate James McCann hit his first home run with the Mets, sending New York past the Philadelphia Phillies 5-1 on Wednesday night for its third straight win.
McCann had three hits, including a two-run homer in the eighth. Brandon Nimmo and Dominic Smith also got three hits apiece, and Francisco Lindor scored twice.
Peterson (1-1) outpitched former Mets starter Zack Wheeler, allowing only two hits and rebounding nicely from a rough outing in Philadelphia last week. The second-year lefty solved the NL East rival Phillies after entering with a 16.50 ERA in two career starts against them. He has a 2.64 mark in nine outings versus all other teams.
“Making that small mechanical change and then just being able to get ahead of guys and really use the two-seam and slider tonight I thought was the big difference,” Peterson said.
Three relievers finished a three-hitter for New York. Aaron Loup got five outs and Edwin Díaz fanned two in a perfect ninth against the meat of the Phillies’ order.
Philadelphia batters struck out 14 times.
“Anytime you don’t hit, it’s frustrating,” manager Joe Girardi said. “Every team goes through it. You can’t predict when it’s going to happen.”
After starting the season 4-0, the slumping Phillies have dropped six of eight. They’ve mustered only four runs in losing the first three games of this four-game set.
New York opened with three straight hits and got two runs in the first against Wheeler, who needed 29 pitches to get through the inning. Smith had an RBI single and Lindor scored when Pete Alonso grounded into a double play.
“This is what our offense can do,” Mets manager Luis Rojas said. “Quality at-bats put…