Tempers Flare But Mets Hang On To Beat Phillies

Jeff McNeil, leading the majors in batting, had four hits for the fourth time this season and the Mets snapped a six-game losing streak to Philadelphia

Jeff McNeil, leading the majors in batting, had four hits for the fourth time this season and the Mets snapped a six-game losing streak to Philadelphia that marked their longest in more than a decade. New York won for only the third time in 12 games overall.

Jay Bruce hit a two-run homer against his former team and Maikel Franco also went deep for the Phillies.

Noah Syndergaard (6-4) allowed four runs and seven hits over five innings in his second start since coming off the injured list. He also threw away two pickoff attempts.

Struggling closer Edwin Díaz, tagged by the Phillies in a loss Friday night, got three outs for his 19th save in 23 tries. He fanned Bruce on a 99 mph fastball with a runner on second to end it.

On a humid Fireworks Night, the start was delayed 46 minutes because a storm was threatening — although rain never came.

Tensions began to rise in the fifth, when Phillies right-hander Jake Arrieta (8-7) hit Todd Frazier with an 85 mph changeup. It was the third time Frazier has been plunked by Philadelphia this season — and second in two nights. He flung his bat to the ground and appeared to say something to Arrieta while being slowly escorted to first base by catcher J.T. Realmuto and an umpire.

The doors to both bullpens opened in the outfield, but no players streamed onto the field. When plate umpire Tripp Gibson issued warnings to both benches, that’s when Frazier got furious. He bolted off first base, screaming and pointing at Gibson, and was immediately ejected before slamming his helmet in the dugout.

Whether the pitch from Arrieta was intentional or not, it certainly woke up the Mets. Dominic Smith doubled and Amed Rosario was hit just below the left hip with a 1-2 changeup (86 mph) from Arrieta, loading the bases.

Mets manager Mickey Callaway came roaring out of the dugout yelling at Gibson, obviously angry Arrieta hadn’t been tossed for nailing Rosario following the warnings. Instead, it was Callaway who was ejected.

All that after the New York Post reported Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen threw a chair in a heated meeting with coaches following Friday night’s loss.

Nido then lined a three-run double to right-center that gave New York a 6-4 lead and chased Arrieta, who also plunked rookie star Pete Alonso on his elbow guard in the first. Arrieta gave up a season-high 11 hits in 4 1/3 innings.

Mets reliever Robert Gsellman hit Jean Segura near the right wrist with a 96 mph sinker in the seventh, and Realmuto’s two-out RBI single made it 6-5. Steven Matz retired Bruce with two on to end the inning, and Seth Lugo pitched out of trouble in the eighth.

Longtime rivals, the Mets and Phillies had a testy series in April, and New York reliever Jacob Rhame was suspended two games and fined for sailing two fastballs over the head of Rhys Hoskins, a day after two Mets got plunked.

Hoskins got his revenge with a homer off Rhame and a very slow trot around the bases.

Rhame is now in the minors.


Asked before the game if Díaz is still the team’s closer, Callaway said: “Going into today, he is.”


Callaway said CF Michael Conforto arrived at the ballpark with a little bit of a tight back but took batting practice indoors and was fine to start.


Mets: Zack Wheeler (6-5, 4.42 ERA) could be an attractive trade target for contenders before the July 31 deadline. New York has won his last five starts at home, and the right-hander is 5-2 with a 2.95 ERA in 13 career outings against Philadelphia.

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