Bruce snaps tie in 8th with 2nd homer, Mets top Phillies 4-3

PHILADELPHIA (AP) It has taken a while, but Jay Bruce is showing the Mets exactly why they traded for him last season.

Bruce homered twice , including the tiebreaking shot in a testy eighth inning to lead New York over the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3 on Monday night.

''I know it's in there,'' Mets manager Terry Collins said of Bruce's pop, ''and I'm glad it's right now because we're not swinging the bats as a team.''

Recently bumped up to the cleanup spot, Bruce put the Mets in front 4-2 with a towering, two-run drive off his own digital image on the videoboard in right field. He connected on a 1-2 pitch from left-hander Joely Rodriguez, giving Bruce four homers through seven games this season and three in the past two days after many expected New York to deal him away last winter.

The three-time All-Star had eight home runs while batting .219 in 50 games for the Mets last season after they acquired him from Cincinnati at the Aug. 1 trade deadline.

''I want to be a good player and want to help this team win,'' Bruce said. ''I believe we have a legitimate chance to win the World Series, and I want to be one of the pieces.''

Tempers flared two batters earlier when Phillies reliever Edubray Ramos threw a first-pitch fastball over Asdrubal Cabrera's head - perhaps seeking revenge for Cabrera's two-handed bat flip after hitting a game-winning homer against Ramos last Sept. 22 as the Mets were chasing a playoff berth.

Ramos acknowledged the bat flip bothered him ''a little,'' but said the pitch just got away.

Cabrera wasn't happy about the location.

''If you throw at somebody, throw down,'' he said. ''What the (heck) are you doing?''

Cabrera was restrained by Phillies catcher Cameron Rupp, and players from both teams came to the top step of the dugout. Phillies manager Pete Mackanin was ejected by plate umpire Allan Porter, apparently for questioning Porter's warning to both clubs following the pitch.

''He threw me out for no reason,'' Mackanin said.

Ramos (0-1) eventually walked Cabrera and then struck out Yoenis Cespedes before being lifted for Rodriguez with two outs.

Addison Reed allowed Brock Stassi's solo homer in the ninth but recovered to earn his second save. Stassi's drive to right-center was his first major league hit.

Jerry Blevins (1-0) got two outs for the Mets, aided by a fine defensive play from catcher Travis d'Arnaud and Cabrera at shortstop.

New York played its first road game after going 3-3 on a season-opening homestand.

''Wins in April are important and this is one we grabbed,'' Collins said.

Phillies starter Jerad Eickhoff yielded two runs and three hits with seven strikeouts and four walks in seven strong innings.

Michael Saunders had two hits and an RBI for the Philadelphia. Saunders' RBI single and Rupp's bases-loaded walk put the Phillies ahead 2-0 in the first against Jacob deGrom.

Bruce's solo shot to right in the fourth gave New York a homer in six straight games. Neil Walker tied it with a sacrifice fly that scored Bruce in the seventh after a throwing error by second baseman Cesar Hernandez.

STRUGGLING AT THE TOP

New York leadoff man Jose Reyes went 0 for 4, dropping to 1 for 27 (.037) this season. ''I've got the FBI out looking for the real Jose Reyes,'' Collins joked. The manager has no plans to sit Reyes, though. ''You have to let him work through it,'' he said.

ON THE MOUND

In his second start since undergoing elbow surgery last September, deGrom settled down to pitch six solid innings. He gave up two runs and six hits with two walks and three strikeouts, including the 500th of his career when he fanned Saunders in the sixth. ''That tells you what kind of stuff he's got,'' Collins said. ''Even on nights when he's off, he gets you deep in the game.''

STREAKING HERRERA

Philadelphia's Odubel Herrera is batting .346 and has a hit in every game this season after going 1 for 4. He also has reached base safely in 17 straight games dating to last season.

UP NEXT

Mets: RHP Matt Harvey (1-0, 2.70 ERA) makes his second start of the season in the second game of the three-game series Tuesday night. Harvey has had success in April throughout his career, going 11-3 with a 2.91 ERA in 16 starts.

Phillies: RHP Clay Buchholz makes his second start for Philadelphia. The former Boston pitcher allowed four runs and eight hits in five innings during his Phillies debut, a 7-4 loss Thursday at Cincinnati.

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PHI3-4
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  • W: J. Blevins (1-0)L: E. Ramos (0-1)S: A. Reed (2)
  • HR: NYM - J. Bruce 2 (4), PHI - B. Stassi (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. Cabrera SS31100110.286.333.321.6553.5
Y. Cespedes LF40000022.154.267.308.574-1.0
J. Bruce RF33232101.304.448.8701.31815.0
C. Granderson CF40100010.208.200.250.4500.5
N. Walker 2B20010100.154.207.192.3992.0
L. Duda 1B20000210.222.364.444.8081.5
T. d'Arnaud C40000004.143.250.214.4640.0
J. deGrom P20000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
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A. Reed P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
  • a-lined out for deGrom in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Hernandez 2B40100102.267.333.500.8332.0
H. Kendrick LF41100112.400.464.6001.0642.5
O. Herrera CF41100011.346.452.423.8751.5
M. Franco 3B30200100.200.300.240.5403.0
M. Saunders RF40210012.261.292.435.7262.5
C. Rupp C30010104.167.250.333.5832.0
B. Stassi 1B41111013.125.364.500.8645.5
F. Galvis SS40100010.280.296.600.8960.5
J. Eickhoff P20000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
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E. Ramos P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-grounded out for Eickhoff in the 7th
  • b-singled for J. Rodriguez in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Cabrera
  • HR - J. Bruce 2 (4)
  • SF - N. Walker
  • RBI - J. Bruce 3 (6), N. Walker (2)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Bruce 2 (4)
BATTING
  • HR - B. Stassi
  • RBI - M. Saunders (4), C. Rupp (2), B. Stassi
FIELDING
  • E - C. Hernandez, C. Rupp
  • PB - C. Rupp
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. deGrom6.06222301.501.3312.5
J. Smoker0.21001007.713.00-2.0
J. Blevins (W, 1-0)0.21001100.003.005.5
H. Robles (H, 1)0.20000006.000.000.0
A. Reed (S, 2)1.02110212.252.008.0
PITCHERSIP
J. deGrom6.0
J. Smoker0.2
J. Blevins (W, 1-0)0.2
H. Robles (H, 1)0.2
A. Reed (S, 2)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Eickhoff7.03224712.631.0018.5
E. Ramos (L, 0-1)0.20111102.081.50-6.5
J. Rodriguez1.11110019.820.751.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Eickhoff7.0
E. Ramos (L, 0-1)0.2
J. Rodriguez1.1
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. deGrom 96-67, J. Smoker 14-9, J. Blevins 17-10, H. Robles 3-2, A. Reed 25-19
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. deGrom 9-5, J. Smoker 2-0, H. Robles 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. deGrom 25, J. Smoker 4, J. Blevins 3, H. Robles, A. Reed 5
PITCHING
  • IBB - J. Eickhoff
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Eickhoff 94-59, E. Ramos 12-7, J. Rodriguez 15-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Eickhoff 2-11, E. Ramos 1-0, J. Rodriguez 1-3
  • Batters Faced - J. Eickhoff 27, E. Ramos 3, J. Rodriguez 5
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Reyes 3B40000020.037.071.037.108-1.0
A. Cabrera SS31100110.286.333.321.6553.5
Y. Cespedes LF40000022.154.267.308.574-1.0
J. Bruce RF33232101.304.448.8701.31815.0
C. Granderson CF40100010.208.200.250.4500.5
N. Walker 2B20010100.154.207.192.3992.0
L. Duda 1B20000210.222.364.444.8081.5
T. d'Arnaud C40000004.143.250.214.4640.0
J. deGrom P20000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
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  • a-lined out for deGrom in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Hernandez 2B40100102.267.333.500.8332.0
H. Kendrick LF41100112.400.464.6001.0642.5
O. Herrera CF41100011.346.452.423.8751.5
M. Franco 3B30200100.200.300.240.5403.0
M. Saunders RF40210012.261.292.435.7262.5
C. Rupp C30010104.167.250.333.5832.0
B. Stassi 1B41111013.125.364.500.8645.5
F. Galvis SS40100010.280.296.600.8960.5
J. Eickhoff P20000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
a- A. Altherr PH10000000.286.375.7141.0890.0
E. Ramos P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Rodriguez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- D. Nava PH10100000.600.7141.8002.5141.0
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  • a-grounded out for Eickhoff in the 7th
  • b-singled for J. Rodriguez in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Cabrera
  • HR - J. Bruce 2 (4)
  • SF - N. Walker
  • RBI - J. Bruce 3 (6), N. Walker (2)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Bruce 2 (4)
BATTING
  • HR - B. Stassi
  • RBI - M. Saunders (4), C. Rupp (2), B. Stassi
FIELDING
  • E - C. Hernandez, C. Rupp
  • PB - C. Rupp
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. deGrom6.06222301.501.3312.5
J. Smoker0.21001007.713.00-2.0
J. Blevins (W, 1-0)0.21001100.003.005.5
H. Robles (H, 1)0.20000006.000.000.0
A. Reed (S, 2)1.02110212.252.008.0
Total9.01033461---
PITCHERSIP
J. deGrom6.0
J. Smoker0.2
J. Blevins (W, 1-0)0.2
H. Robles (H, 1)0.2
A. Reed (S, 2)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Eickhoff7.03224712.631.0018.5
E. Ramos (L, 0-1)0.20111102.081.50-6.5
J. Rodriguez1.11110019.820.751.0
Total9.0444582---
PITCHERSIP
J. Eickhoff7.0
E. Ramos (L, 0-1)0.2
J. Rodriguez1.1
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. deGrom 96-67, J. Smoker 14-9, J. Blevins 17-10, H. Robles 3-2, A. Reed 25-19
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. deGrom 9-5, J. Smoker 2-0, H. Robles 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. deGrom 25, J. Smoker 4, J. Blevins 3, H. Robles, A. Reed 5
PITCHING
  • IBB - J. Eickhoff
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Eickhoff 94-59, E. Ramos 12-7, J. Rodriguez 15-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Eickhoff 2-11, E. Ramos 1-0, J. Rodriguez 1-3
  • Batters Faced - J. Eickhoff 27, E. Ramos 3, J. Rodriguez 5
  • 9TH INNING
    Stassi homered to right center43
  • 8TH INNING
    Bruce homered to right, Cabrera scored42
  • 7TH INNING
    Walker hit sacrifice fly to center, Bruce scored, Granderson to second on catcher Rupp fielding error22
  • 4TH INNING
    Bruce homered to right center12
  • 1ST INNING
    Rupp walked, Herrera scored, Franco to third, Saunders to second02
    Saunders singled to right, Kendrick scored, Herrera to third, Franco to second01
  • 9TH INNING
    • J. Rodriguez Pitching:
    • N. Walker: Walker popped out to first
    • L. Duda: Duda lined out to center
    • T. d'Arnaud: Ball, Strike looking, d'Arnaud grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Addison Reed relieved Hansel Robles
    • B. Stassi: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Stassi homered to right center
    • F. Galvis: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Galvis struck out looking
    • Daniel Nava hit for Joely Rodriguez
    • D. Nava: Foul, Ball, Nava singled to deep right
    • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Hernandez flied out to deep center
    • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Kendrick struck out looking
    • End of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Edubray Ramos pitching
    • J. Reyes: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Reyes grounded out to second
    • A. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Cabrera walked
    • Y. Cespedes: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Cespedes struck out swinging
    • Joely Rodriguez relieved Edubray Ramos
    • J. Bruce: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Bruce homered to right, Cabrera scored
    • C. Granderson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Granderson popped out to third
    • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Blevins Pitching:
    • O. Herrera: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Herrera struck out swinging
    • M. Franco: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Franco walked
    • M. Saunders: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Saunders singled to center, Franco to second
    • Hansel Robles relieved Jerry Blevins
    • C. Rupp: Strike looking, Ball, Rupp grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Franco to third, Saunders out at second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • J. Eickhoff Pitching:
    • J. Bruce: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bruce walked
    • C. Granderson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Granderson reached on an infield single, Bruce to third on 2nd baseman Hernandez fielding error
    • N. Walker: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike looking, Walker hit sacrifice fly to center, Bruce scored, Granderson to second on catcher Rupp fielding error
    • L. Duda: Duda intentionally walked
    • T. d'Arnaud: Strike looking, d'Arnaud flied out to right
    • Wilmer Flores hit for Jacob deGrom
    • W. Flores: Strike looking, Ball, Flores lined out to center
    • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 2 Errors)
    • Josh Smoker pitching
    • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Foul, Galvis grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Eickhoff: Strike looking, Strike swinging
    • A. Altherr: Ball, Hernandez singled to left
    • H. Kendrick: Howie Kendrick facing Josh Smoker
    • C. Hernandez: Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hernandez walked, Hernandez to second
    • O. Herrera: Odubel Herrera facing Jerry Blevins
    • H. Kendrick: Ball, Kendrick out at second, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball
    • Kendrick picked off at second, catcher to shortstop to first
    • Eickhoff grounded out to shortstop
    • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, In play
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Eickhoff Pitching:
    • J. Reyes: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Reyes popped out to shortstop
    • A. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Cabrera lined out to right
    • Y. Cespedes: Ball, Cespedes flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. deGrom Pitching:
    • M. Saunders: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Saunders struck out swinging
    • C. Rupp: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Rupp lined out to center
    • B. Stassi: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Stassi struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Eickhoff Pitching:
    • L. Duda: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Duda struck out swinging
    • T. d'Arnaud: d'Arnaud popped out to second
    • J. deGrom: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, deGrom struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. deGrom Pitching:
    • H. Kendrick: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Kendrick grounded out to shortstop
    • O. Herrera: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Herrera grounded out to first
    • M. Franco: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Franco grounded out to third
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Eickhoff Pitching:
    • Y. Cespedes: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Cespedes popped out to shortstop
    • J. Bruce: Foul, Bruce homered to right center
    • C. Granderson: Granderson grounded out to second
    • N. Walker: Walker popped out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. deGrom Pitching:
    • B. Stassi: Ball, Strike looking, Stassi grounded out to second
    • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Galvis singled to left center
    • J. Eickhoff: Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Eickhoff struck out looking
    • C. Hernandez: Hernandez flied out to left
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Eickhoff Pitching:
    • J. deGrom: Strike looking, deGrom flied out to left
    • J. Reyes: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Reyes struck out swinging
    • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Cabrera struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. deGrom Pitching:
    • H. Kendrick: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Kendrick singled to left
    • O. Herrera: Herrera flied out to deep right
    • M. Franco: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Franco singled to left, Kendrick to second
    • M. Saunders: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Saunders grounded out to first, Kendrick to third, Franco to second
    • C. Rupp: Strike looking, Rupp popped out to first
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Eickhoff Pitching:
    • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Granderson struck out looking
    • N. Walker: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Walker walked
    • L. Duda: Ball, Ball, Ball, Walker to second on passed ball, Ball, Duda walked
    • T. d'Arnaud: Strike looking, d'Arnaud grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Walker to third, Duda out at second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. deGrom Pitching:
    • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Galvis flied out to deep center
    • J. Eickhoff: Ball, Strike looking, Eickhoff grounded out to shortstop
    • C. Hernandez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Hernandez grounded out to first
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Eickhoff Pitching:
    • J. Reyes: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Reyes struck out looking
    • A. Cabrera: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Cabrera doubled to deep right
    • Y. Cespedes: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cespedes struck out swinging
    • J. Bruce: Strike looking, Ball, Bruce flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. deGrom Pitching:
    • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Hernandez walked
    • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Kendrick reached on fielder's choice to first, Hernandez out at second
    • O. Herrera: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Herrera singled to shallow left, Kendrick to second
    • M. Franco: Franco singled to right center, Kendrick to third, Herrera to second
    • M. Saunders: Strike looking, Saunders singled to right, Kendrick scored, Herrera to third, Franco to second
    • C. Rupp: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Rupp walked, Herrera scored, Franco to third, Saunders to second
    • B. Stassi: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Stassi grounded into double play pitcher to catcher to first, Franco out at home
    • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)