Nola strikes out 11, pitches Phillies past Mets 4-2

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Once Aaron Nola got an early lead, he was home free.

Nola struck out 11 in seven impressive innings to stay unbeaten at Citizens Bank Park, pitching the Philadelphia Phillies past the New York Mets 4-2 on Friday night.

Asdrubal Cabrera hit an RBI double off former teammate Noah Syndergaard during a three-run first inning, and Nola made the early lead stand up.

Nola (14-3) allowed one run on three hits with one walk while lowering his ERA in 2.24. The All-Star is even better at home, improving to 9-0 with a 2.00 mark in 12 starts in Philadelphia this season.

''There's been a lot of Cy Young Award chatter leading up to today. Obviously, you can see why,'' Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said.

''He rises to the occasion. he's ready for the biggest moment. And it's just like no spot is too big. No spotlight is too bright. He just elevates his game, and we saw that tonight,'' he said.

Pat Neshek pitched a scoreless ninth for his third save in as many chances.

Syndergaard (8-3) allowed four runs on eight hits with five strikeouts and two walks in 5 2/3 innings. The tall right-hander has battled injuries again in 2018, missing two months with a finger injury and then 10 days last month due to hand, foot and mouth disease.

''Today was more of a step in the wrong direction,'' he said.

Nick Williams and Jorge Alfaro also drove in runs for the playoff-contending Phillies.

Austin Jackson had three hits and an RBI for the Mets.

Cabrera's double put the Phillies ahead and Williams followed with an RBI single. Cabrera, traded from the Mets to Philadelphia last month, scored on Carlos Santana's double-play groundout.

That was more than enough for Nola, who struck out the side in the first and retired nine of the first 10 Mets. The only batter that reached during that stretch, Jose Bautista, got on because of an error by second baseman Cesar Hernandez.

''Just trying to make quality pitches,'' Nola said.

New York got its lone run off Nola in the fourth. Jeff McNeil led off with a single, the first hit off Nola, went to third on Jackson's single and scored on Todd Frazier's sacrifice fly.

RUNNING WILD

The Phillies stole a season-high five bases, including the first two of the season by the catcher Alfaro, against Syndergaard.

''Definitely an Achilles' heel,'' Syndergaard said of holding runners. ''Embarrassing tonight.''

Mets manager Mickey Callaway said it's an area Syndergaard will continue to work to improve.

''Bottom line is he needs to get better and I think he will,'' Callaway said.

ERROR PRONE

Hernandez's misplay made it 94 errors for Philadelphia, which began play second in the majors to St. Louis (95).

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mets: An MRI on the left index finger of RF Brandon Nimmo revealed no structural damage. Nimmo, who was injured on Thursday, was not in the lineup Friday but could play on Saturday. ... Reliever Bobby Wahl was placed on the DL with a right hamstring strain and LHP Daniel Zamora was recalled from Double-A Binghamton. Zamora made his major league debut, pitching 1 1/3 scoreless innings with two strikeouts.

UP NEXT

Mets ace Jacob deGrom (7-7, major league-best 1.81 ERA) opposes RHP Jake Arrieta (9-7, 3.33) in the fourth game of the five-game set on Saturday afternoon. DeGrom is 6-1 with a 2.45 ERA in 13 career starts against the Phillies and struck out seven in eight shutout innings of a 3-0 win on July 11. Arrieta is 2-2 with a 1.99 ERA in eight career starts vs. the Mets.

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  • W: A. Nola (14-3)L: N. Syndergaard (8-3)S: P. Neshek (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. McNeil 2B42200010.267.345.400.7454.5
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W. Flores 1B20000011.272.326.446.772-0.5
J. Reinheimer LF30000032.222.222.222.444-1.5
  • a-fouled out for Gsellman in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Hernandez 2B41200012.260.369.367.7364.5
R. Hoskins LF21000212.255.368.507.8752.5
A. Cabrera SS-3B41110001.269.322.473.7944.0
N. Williams RF40110020.265.332.459.7901.0
C. Santana 1B20100201.217.353.396.7495.0
M. Franco 3B40100003.279.321.482.8033.0
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R. Quinn CF41100002.282.300.410.7104.0
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    BATTING
    • 2B - J. McNeil (4)
    • SF - T. Frazier (6)
    • RBI - A. Jackson (23), T. Frazier (43)
    • 2-Out RBI - A. Jackson (9)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Rosario 2 (2), M. Conforto, T. Frazier, K. Plawecki, W. Flores
    BATTING
    • 2B - A. Cabrera (28)
    • 3B - R. Quinn
    • RBI - A. Cabrera (66), N. Williams (49), J. Alfaro (29)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Hernandez, R. Hoskins 2 (2), M. Franco 2 (2), R. Quinn, J. Alfaro
    BASERUNNING
    • Picked Off - A. Jackson
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - C. Hernandez (16), C. Santana (2), M. Franco, J. Alfaro 2 (2)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Bautista-Rosario; Bautista-McNeil-Flores)
    FIELDING
    • E - C. Hernandez (9)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    N. Syndergaard (L, 8-3)5.28442503.401.25-1.5
    D. Zamora1.10001200.000.00-
    R. Gsellman1.00001003.781.262.0
    PITCHERSIP
    N. Syndergaard (L, 8-3)5.2
    D. Zamora1.1
    R. Gsellman1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    A. Nola (W, 14-3)7.031111102.240.9831.5
    V. Arano (H, 9)0.22110202.091.10-2.0
    A. Morgan (H, 14)0.10000104.291.460.5
    P. Neshek (S, 3)1.01000000.601.079.0
    PITCHERSIP
    A. Nola (W, 14-3)7.0
    V. Arano (H, 9)0.2
    A. Morgan (H, 14)0.1
    P. Neshek (S, 3)1.0
    PITCHING
    • HBP - N. Syndergaard (7)
    • Pitches-Strikes - N. Syndergaard 115-71, D. Zamora 16-7, R. Gsellman 15-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Syndergaard 9-2, D. Zamora 1-0, R. Gsellman 1-2
    • Batters Faced - N. Syndergaard 27, D. Zamora 4, R. Gsellman 4
    PITCHING
    • WP - A. Nola (3)
    • HBP - A. Nola (5)
    • Pitches-Strikes - A. Nola 108-74, V. Arano 21-15, A. Morgan 7-4, P. Neshek 18-13
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Nola 5-5, P. Neshek 1-2
    • Batters Faced - A. Nola 26, V. Arano 4, A. Morgan, P. Neshek 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    A. Rosario SS40000022.242.286.370.656-1.0
    J. McNeil 2B42200010.267.345.400.7454.5
    A. Jackson CF40310010.292.350.393.7433.5
    M. Conforto RF40000034.240.355.414.769-1.5
    T. Frazier 3B20010011.229.308.396.7050.5
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    R. Gsellman P0000-000.000.250.000.000-
    a- J. Reyes PH10000000.202.277.328.6050.0
    J. Bautista 1B-3B30100000.203.350.382.7322.0
    K. Plawecki C30000102.232.344.400.7441.0
    N. Syndergaard P20000022.152.147.212.359-1.0
    W. Flores 1B20000011.272.326.446.772-0.5
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    • a-fouled out for Gsellman in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    C. Hernandez 2B41200012.260.369.367.7364.5
    R. Hoskins LF21000212.255.368.507.8752.5
    A. Cabrera SS-3B41110001.269.322.473.7944.0
    N. Williams RF40110020.265.332.459.7901.0
    C. Santana 1B20100201.217.353.396.7495.0
    M. Franco 3B40100003.279.321.482.8033.0
    P. Neshek P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    R. Quinn CF41100002.282.300.410.7104.0
    J. Alfaro C30110011.251.311.390.7006.5
    A. Nola P30000022.065.085.087.172-1.0
    V. Arano P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    A. Morgan P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    S. Kingery SS00000000.226.268.331.5980.0
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      BATTING
      • 2B - J. McNeil (4)
      • SF - T. Frazier (6)
      • RBI - A. Jackson (23), T. Frazier (43)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Jackson (9)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Rosario 2 (2), M. Conforto, T. Frazier, K. Plawecki, W. Flores
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Cabrera (28)
      • 3B - R. Quinn
      • RBI - A. Cabrera (66), N. Williams (49), J. Alfaro (29)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Hernandez, R. Hoskins 2 (2), M. Franco 2 (2), R. Quinn, J. Alfaro
      BASERUNNING
      • Picked Off - A. Jackson
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - C. Hernandez (16), C. Santana (2), M. Franco, J. Alfaro 2 (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Bautista-Rosario; Bautista-McNeil-Flores)
      FIELDING
      • E - C. Hernandez (9)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      N. Syndergaard (L, 8-3)5.28442503.401.25-1.5
      D. Zamora1.10001200.000.00-
      R. Gsellman1.00001003.781.262.0
      Total8.0844470---
      PITCHERSIP
      N. Syndergaard (L, 8-3)5.2
      D. Zamora1.1
      R. Gsellman1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Nola (W, 14-3)7.031111102.240.9831.5
      V. Arano (H, 9)0.22110202.091.10-2.0
      A. Morgan (H, 14)0.10000104.291.460.5
      P. Neshek (S, 3)1.01000000.601.079.0
      Total9.06221140---
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Nola (W, 14-3)7.0
      V. Arano (H, 9)0.2
      A. Morgan (H, 14)0.1
      P. Neshek (S, 3)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - N. Syndergaard (7)
      • Pitches-Strikes - N. Syndergaard 115-71, D. Zamora 16-7, R. Gsellman 15-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Syndergaard 9-2, D. Zamora 1-0, R. Gsellman 1-2
      • Batters Faced - N. Syndergaard 27, D. Zamora 4, R. Gsellman 4
      PITCHING
      • WP - A. Nola (3)
      • HBP - A. Nola (5)
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Nola 108-74, V. Arano 21-15, A. Morgan 7-4, P. Neshek 18-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Nola 5-5, P. Neshek 1-2
      • Batters Faced - A. Nola 26, V. Arano 4, A. Morgan, P. Neshek 4
      • 8TH INNING
        Jackson singled to left, McNeil scored, Jackson to second24
      • 4TH INNING
        Alfaro singled to left center, Quinn scored14
        Frazier hit sacrifice fly to center, McNeil scored13
      • 1ST INNING
        Santana grounded into double play shortstop to first, Cabrera scored, Williams out at second03
        Williams singled to center, Hoskins scored, Cabrera to third02
        Cabrera doubled to deep left, Hernandez scored, Hoskins to third01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Pat Neshek pitching
        • Scott Kingery at shortstop
        • Jose Reyes hit for Robert Gsellman
        • J. Reyes: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Reyes fouled out to first
        • J. Bautista: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Bautista singled to left
        • K. Plawecki: Strike looking, Ball, Plawecki grounded out to third, Bautista to second
        • W. Flores: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Flores flied out to right
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Victor Arano relieved Aaron Nola
        • J. Reinheimer: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Reinheimer struck out swinging
        • A. Rosario: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
        • J. McNeil: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, McNeil doubled to left center
        • A. Jackson: Strike looking, Jackson singled to left, McNeil scored, Jackson to second
        • Adam Morgan relieved Victor Arano
        • M. Conforto: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Conforto struck out looking
        • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Robert Gsellman relieved Daniel Zamora
        • C. Santana: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Santana walked
        • M. Franco: Ball, Strike looking, Franco flied out to right
        • R. Quinn: Ball, Ball, Quinn flied out to left
        • J. Alfaro: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Alfaro grounded out to second
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • A. Nola Pitching:
        • J. Bautista: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Bautista flied out to deep right
        • K. Plawecki: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Plawecki grounded out to third
        • W. Flores: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Flores struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Zamora Pitching:
        • R. Hoskins: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hoskins walked
        • A. Cabrera: Ball, Cabrera grounded into double play third to second to first, Hoskins out at second
        • N. Williams: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Williams struck out looking
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • A. Nola Pitching:
        • J. McNeil: Ball, McNeil grounded out to second
        • A. Jackson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Jackson singled to left center
        • M. Conforto: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Conforto struck out swinging
        • T. Frazier: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • N. Syndergaard Pitching:
        • R. Quinn: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Quinn grounded out to second
        • J. Alfaro: Ball, Alfaro hit by pitch
        • A. Nola: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Alfaro stole second, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Nola struck out looking
        • Daniel Zamora pitching
        • Wilmer Flores at first base
        • C. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul tip, Hernandez struck out on foul tip
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • A. Nola Pitching:
        • J. Bautista: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bautista hit by pitch
        • K. Plawecki: Ball, Foul, Ball, Bautista to second on wild pitch, Foul, Ball, Ball, Plawecki walked
        • N. Syndergaard: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Syndergaard struck out swinging
        • J. Reinheimer: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Reinheimer struck out swinging
        • A. Rosario: Rosario grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Plawecki out at second
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • N. Syndergaard Pitching:
        • A. Cabrera: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Cabrera grounded out to second
        • N. Williams: Williams grounded out to first
        • C. Santana: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Santana singled to center
        • M. Franco: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Santana stole second, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Franco lined out to shortstop
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • A. Nola Pitching:
        • J. McNeil: McNeil singled to center
        • A. Jackson: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Jackson singled to right center, McNeil to third
        • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to first, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike swinging, Conforto struck out swinging
        • T. Frazier: Strike swinging, Ball, Frazier hit sacrifice fly to center, McNeil scored
        • J. Bautista: Jackson picked off at first, pitcher to first
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • N. Syndergaard Pitching:
        • R. Quinn: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Quinn tripled to left center
        • J. Alfaro: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Alfaro singled to left center, Quinn scored
        • A. Nola: Ball, Alfaro stole second, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Nola reached on fielder's choice to second, Alfaro out at third
        • C. Hernandez: Ball, Strike swinging, Hernandez lined out to left
        • R. Hoskins: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Hoskins struck out looking
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • A. Nola Pitching:
        • N. Syndergaard: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Syndergaard struck out looking
        • J. Reinheimer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Reinheimer struck out swinging
        • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Rosario lined out to first
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • N. Syndergaard Pitching:
        • A. Cabrera: Cabrera grounded out to second
        • N. Williams: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Williams struck out swinging
        • C. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Santana walked
        • M. Franco: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Franco grounded into fielder's choice to second, Santana out at second
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • A. Nola Pitching:
        • M. Conforto: Ball, Foul, Ball, Conforto grounded out to second
        • T. Frazier: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Frazier lined out to second
        • J. Bautista: Bautista safe at first on 2nd baseman Hernandez fielding error
        • K. Plawecki: Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Plawecki flied out to right
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
        • N. Syndergaard Pitching:
        • J. Alfaro: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Alfaro struck out swinging
        • A. Nola: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Nola struck out swinging
        • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hernandez reached on an infield single to second
        • R. Hoskins: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Hernandez stole second, Hoskins grounded out to third
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • A. Nola Pitching:
        • A. Rosario: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
        • J. McNeil: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, McNeil struck out looking
        • A. Jackson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Jackson struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • N. Syndergaard Pitching:
        • C. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Hernandez singled to right
        • R. Hoskins: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Hoskins walked, Hernandez to second
        • A. Cabrera: Cabrera doubled to deep left, Hernandez scored, Hoskins to third
        • N. Williams: Williams singled to center, Hoskins scored, Cabrera to third
        • C. Santana: Santana grounded into double play shortstop to first, Cabrera scored, Williams out at second
        • M. Franco: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Franco reached on an infield single to pitcher
        • R. Quinn: Foul, Ball, Franco stole second, Strike looking, Ball, Quinn grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 1st (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)