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Severino Gonzalez took the hill for the Phillies this Memorial Day afternoon as the Phillies traveled to Citi Field to take on the Mets.
Gonzalez was sharp early, recording six strikeouts through the first two innings. The Mets did strike first, however, with two hits and hit batsman in the bottom of the first, taking the early 1-0 lead.
The Phillies started the third with two quick outs, but after an infield single by Ben Revere and double by Freddy Galvis, two runners were in scoring position for Chase Utley. On a 1-1 count, Utley grounded a ball through the hole and into right field scoring both and giving the Phillies a 2-1 lead.
That lead wouldn’t last though, as the Mets received home runs from Lucas Duda and Michael Cuddyer in the 3rd and 4th innings respectively as the Mets once again went ahead 3-2.
Gonzalez struck out a career high 8 batters and walked no one, but manager Ryne Sandberg still made the decision to pull his starter after just 4 1/3 innings pitched. The move was a questionable one as Gonzalez has a pitch count of just 69, including 51 of those for strikes.
After the Phillies tied up the game again at 3 in the top half of the 5th, the Mets biggest and final blow came in the bottom half of the 6th inning off of reliever Justin De Fratus. Wilmer Flores crushed a 3-1 pitch over the fence in left field scoring Murphy and Cuddyer. That was all the Mets would need as they took the first game of the series.
Final Score: Mets 6, Phillies 3
The Phillies and Mets will be back at it Tuesday night as the Phillies will send Jerome Williams (3-4, 5.44 ERA) to the mound to face righty Jacob deGrom (5-4, 2.75 ERA). First pitch is set for 7:10 PM.