Bullpen strong, Cespedes homers in Mets' 4-2 win over Phils

NEW YORK (AP) Coming out of spring training, the Mets' rotation was considered to be one of the club's biggest strengths.

So far it's been New York's relievers that have keyed their hot start.

Yoenis Cespedes homered, Amed Rosario hit a two-run triple and the Mets' bullpen faced the minimum number of batters over five scoreless innings and New York downed the Philadelphia Phillies 4-2 Wednesday.

New York swept a weather-shortened two-game series and is 4-1 for the first time since 2012.

Mets relievers dominated in a game that started 97 minutes late because of rain.

Former starter Robert Gsellman (1-0) threw two perfect innings. Hansel Robles struck out the side in his first appearance this season. A.J. Ramos pitched a scoreless eighth and closer Jeurys Familia earned his third save in three chances.

''I just want to start off by giving a lot of kudos and thanks to my homies in the bullpen,'' said starter Noah Syndergaard, who lasted only four innings. ''They really held down the fort.''

New York's bullpen has allowed just three runs in 20 1/3 innings (1.33 ERA), and the pitching staff as a whole has a franchise-record 61 strikeouts through the season's first five games.

''I think our bullpen has done a fantastic job so far this season, and we have faith in them,'' manager Mickey Callaway said. ''Everybody's doing the right things.''

With runners at the corners and two outs in the sixth, Rosario cleared the bases with a liner over the head of shallow-playing right fielder Nick Williams to chase reliever Drew Hutchison (1-1) and snap a 2-2 tie.

''We were positioned effectively, from my perspective,'' Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. ''Felt like it was the right decision to take away the ball in front of us rather than optimize for just a really well-struck double to right-center field.''

The 22-year-old Rosario has driven in five runs in as many games.

''I feel very comfortable, and fortunately most of the times that I've been taking at-bats there have been some runners in scoring position so I have a chance to bring them home,'' Rosario said through a translator.

Cespedes jumped on Aaron Nola's hanging curveball in the first inning, sending it off the facing of the second deck in left field to give the Mets a 2-0 lead.

The Phillies tied it in the third on some timely hitting, a botched rundown and a steal of home. Cesar Hernandez singled and advanced to third on Carlos Santana's double.

Williams followed with an RBI groundout, moving Santana to third and scoring Hernandez - snapping a 19-inning scoreless streak.

Rhys Hoskins walked and tried to steal second. Catcher Kevin Plawecki threw to Asdrubal Cabrera in front of the bag, prompting Hoskins to reverse course and head toward first base while Santana slowly inched toward the plate.

As Cabrera tossed the ball to first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, Santana sprinted down the line. Gonzalez fired to Plawecki late.

''All the credit goes to Jose David Flores,'' Kapler said, praising his first base coach for the play.

''It's a play that he's been thinking about a lot. He identified that we had to find a way to steal a run from Syndergaard right there.''

Syndergaard struck out five in the first two innings and seven overall, throwing 92 pitches.

''It was just kind of a weird outing,'' Syndergaard said.

Nola allowed two runs and four hits and four walks over five innings, striking out four.

''Command wasn't there,'' Nola said. ''It was a grind.''

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TRAINER'S ROOM

Phillies: RHP Pat Neshek (strained right shoulder) had an MRI on Tuesday which showed inflammation, but did not reveal a significant injury. He is expected to miss a couple of more weeks. ... RHP Mark Leiter Jr. (strained right forearm muscle) underwent tests on his forearm and the results were normal. He may begin throwing during the upcoming homestand.

Mets: All-Star OF Michael Conforto (shoulder surgery) will travel with the team to Washington and could be activated as soon as Thursday. ... LHP Jason Vargas (broken right hand) is scheduled to throw his next simulated game on Saturday in Port St. Lucie.

UP NEXT

Phillies: RHP Nick Pivetta (0-0, 6.75 ERA) faces Miami in Philadelphia's home opener on Thursday.

Mets: RHP Jacob deGrom (1-0, 1.59 ERA) takes on the NL East rival Nationals in Washington's home opener on Thursday.

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NYM4-1
20000200X450
  • W: R. Gsellman (1-0)L: D. Hutchison (1-1)S: J. Familia (3)
  • HR: NYM - Y. Cespedes (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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C. Santana 1B41100020.167.261.444.7054.0
N. Williams RF40010011.091.091.091.1820.5
R. Hoskins LF30200110.471.550.8241.3745.5
A. Altherr CF40000023.059.238.059.297-1.0
M. Franco 3B40000021.091.231.091.322-1.0
A. Knapp C20100110.182.357.182.5391.5
J. Crawford SS30000023.067.125.067.192-1.0
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A. Morgan P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- S. Kingery PH-SS10000010.286.286.429.714-0.5
  • a-struck out for Morgan in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Nimmo CF11000200.286.583.286.8693.0
a- J. Lagares PH-CF10000011.500.500.5001.000-0.5
Y. Cespedes LF41121021.278.409.6111.0206.0
J. Bruce RF40100010.200.273.250.5230.5
T. Frazier 3B30000111.235.364.353.7170.5
A. Cabrera 2B31100101.300.364.400.7643.0
A. Gonzalez 1B30000112.308.471.385.8550.5
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N. Syndergaard P10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
b- P. Evans PH10000001.000.000.000.0000.0
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A. Rosario SS30220010.333.375.467.8424.5
  • a-struck out for Nimmo in the 6th
  • b-grounded into a double play for Syndergaard in the 4th
  • c-walked for Gsellman in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Santana (2), R. Hoskins (3)
  • RBI - N. Williams (2)
BATTING
  • 3B - A. Rosario
  • HR - Y. Cespedes (2)
  • RBI - Y. Cespedes 2 (6), A. Rosario 2 (5)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Rosario 2 (5)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - C. Santana, R. Hoskins (2)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - A. Rosario
FIELDING
  • E - J. Crawford (2), A. Knapp (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Nola5.04224412.611.167.0
D. Hutchison (L, 1-1)0.21222006.751.88-10.0
A. Morgan0.10000109.001.000.5
L. Garcia1.00000103.001.333.5
E. Ramos1.00000100.000.863.5
PITCHERSIP
A. Nola5.0
D. Hutchison (L, 1-1)0.2
A. Morgan0.1
L. Garcia1.0
E. Ramos1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
N. Syndergaard4.04222705.401.207.5
R. Gsellman (W, 1-0)2.00000300.000.5514.5
H. Robles (H, 1)1.00000300.000.004.5
A. Ramos (H, 1)1.00000100.000.753.5
J. Familia (S, 3)1.01000100.001.159.5
PITCHERSIP
N. Syndergaard4.0
R. Gsellman (W, 1-0)2.0
H. Robles (H, 1)1.0
A. Ramos (H, 1)1.0
J. Familia (S, 3)1.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - A. Nola
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Nola 87-55, D. Hutchison 26-14, A. Morgan 4-3, L. Garcia 15-9, E. Ramos 20-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Nola 7-2, D. Hutchison 1-1, L. Garcia 1-1
  • Batters Faced - A. Nola 22, D. Hutchison 5, A. Morgan, L. Garcia 3, E. Ramos 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - N. Syndergaard 92-57, R. Gsellman 22-17, H. Robles 14-9, A. Ramos 12-7, J. Familia 14-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Syndergaard 4-1, R. Gsellman 2-1, J. Familia 1-0
  • Batters Faced - N. Syndergaard 18, R. Gsellman 6, H. Robles 3, A. Ramos 3, J. Familia 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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PHI1-4
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Hernandez 2B41100010.286.348.476.8241.5
C. Santana 1B41100020.167.261.444.7054.0
N. Williams RF40010011.091.091.091.1820.5
R. Hoskins LF30200110.471.550.8241.3745.5
A. Altherr CF40000023.059.238.059.297-1.0
M. Franco 3B40000021.091.231.091.322-1.0
A. Knapp C20100110.182.357.182.5391.5
J. Crawford SS30000023.067.125.067.192-1.0
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E. Ramos P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-struck out for Morgan in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Nimmo CF11000200.286.583.286.8693.0
a- J. Lagares PH-CF10000011.500.500.5001.000-0.5
Y. Cespedes LF41121021.278.409.6111.0206.0
J. Bruce RF40100010.200.273.250.5230.5
T. Frazier 3B30000111.235.364.353.7170.5
A. Cabrera 2B31100101.300.364.400.7643.0
A. Gonzalez 1B30000112.308.471.385.8550.5
K. Plawecki C30000003.222.462.333.7951.0
N. Syndergaard P10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
b- P. Evans PH10000001.000.000.000.0000.0
R. Gsellman P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- W. Flores PH01000100.143.250.143.3932.0
H. Robles P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Ramos P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Familia P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
A. Rosario SS30220010.333.375.467.8424.5
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  • a-struck out for Nimmo in the 6th
  • b-grounded into a double play for Syndergaard in the 4th
  • c-walked for Gsellman in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Santana (2), R. Hoskins (3)
  • RBI - N. Williams (2)
BATTING
  • 3B - A. Rosario
  • HR - Y. Cespedes (2)
  • RBI - Y. Cespedes 2 (6), A. Rosario 2 (5)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Rosario 2 (5)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - C. Santana, R. Hoskins (2)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - A. Rosario
FIELDING
  • E - J. Crawford (2), A. Knapp (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Nola5.04224412.611.167.0
D. Hutchison (L, 1-1)0.21222006.751.88-10.0
A. Morgan0.10000109.001.000.5
L. Garcia1.00000103.001.333.5
E. Ramos1.00000100.000.863.5
Total8.0544671---
PITCHERSIP
A. Nola5.0
D. Hutchison (L, 1-1)0.2
A. Morgan0.1
L. Garcia1.0
E. Ramos1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
N. Syndergaard4.04222705.401.207.5
R. Gsellman (W, 1-0)2.00000300.000.5514.5
H. Robles (H, 1)1.00000300.000.004.5
A. Ramos (H, 1)1.00000100.000.753.5
J. Familia (S, 3)1.01000100.001.159.5
Total9.05222150---
PITCHERSIP
N. Syndergaard4.0
R. Gsellman (W, 1-0)2.0
H. Robles (H, 1)1.0
A. Ramos (H, 1)1.0
J. Familia (S, 3)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - A. Nola
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Nola 87-55, D. Hutchison 26-14, A. Morgan 4-3, L. Garcia 15-9, E. Ramos 20-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Nola 7-2, D. Hutchison 1-1, L. Garcia 1-1
  • Batters Faced - A. Nola 22, D. Hutchison 5, A. Morgan, L. Garcia 3, E. Ramos 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - N. Syndergaard 92-57, R. Gsellman 22-17, H. Robles 14-9, A. Ramos 12-7, J. Familia 14-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Syndergaard 4-1, R. Gsellman 2-1, J. Familia 1-0
  • Batters Faced - N. Syndergaard 18, R. Gsellman 6, H. Robles 3, A. Ramos 3, J. Familia 3
  • 6TH INNING
    Rosario tripled to deep right, Cabrera and Flores scored24
  • 3RD INNING
    Santana stole home22
    Williams grounded out to second, Hernandez scored, Santana to third12
  • 1ST INNING
    Cespedes homered to left, Nimmo scored02
  • 9TH INNING
    • Jeurys Familia relieved AJ Ramos
    • R. Hoskins: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Hoskins singled to left center
    • A. Altherr: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Altherr grounded into double play third to second to first, Hoskins out at second
    • M. Franco: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Franco struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • AJ Ramos relieved Hansel Robles
    • C. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Hernandez flied out to center
    • C. Santana: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
    • N. Williams: Foul, Williams lined out to center
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Edubray Ramos relieved Luis Garcia
    • A. Cabrera: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Cabrera popped out to third
    • A. Gonzalez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Gonzalez struck out on foul tip
    • K. Plawecki: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Plawecki lined out to center
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Hansel Robles pitching
    • A. Knapp: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Knapp struck out looking
    • J. Crawford: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Crawford struck out swinging
    • Scott Kingery hit for Adam Morgan
    • S. Kingery: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Kingery struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Luis Garcia pitching
    • Y. Cespedes: Strike swinging, Ball, Cespedes flied out to center
    • J. Bruce: Ball, Ball, Foul, Bruce grounded out to shortstop
    • T. Frazier: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Frazier struck out looking
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • R. Gsellman Pitching:
    • R. Hoskins: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Hoskins struck out swinging
    • A. Altherr: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Altherr struck out swinging
    • M. Franco: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Franco grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Drew Hutchison relieved Aaron Nola
    • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Cabrera walked
    • A. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Gonzalez lined out to right
    • K. Plawecki: Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Cabrera to second on catcher Knapp fielding error, Ball, Foul, Plawecki grounded out to pitcher, Cabrera to third
    • Wilmer Flores hit for Robert Gsellman
    • W. Flores: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Flores walked
    • A. Rosario: Rosario tripled to deep right, Cabrera and Flores scored
    • Adam Morgan relieved Drew Hutchison
    • Juan Lagares hit for Brandon Nimmo
    • J. Lagares: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Lagares struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
  • 5TH INNING
    • Robert Gsellman pitching
    • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
    • C. Santana: Ball, Foul, Santana flied out to deep center
    • N. Williams: Williams grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Nola Pitching:
    • B. Nimmo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Nimmo grounded out to first
    • Y. Cespedes: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cespedes struck out swinging
    • J. Bruce: Ball, Bruce singled to deep right center
    • T. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Frazier lined out to third
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • N. Syndergaard Pitching:
    • M. Franco: Ball, Franco grounded out to third
    • A. Knapp: Ball, Foul, Knapp singled to right center
    • J. Crawford: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Crawford flied out to center
    • A. Nola: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Nola struck out looking
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. Nola Pitching:
    • K. Plawecki: Ball, Plawecki hit by pitch
    • Phillip Evans hit for Noah Syndergaard
    • P. Evans: Pickoff attempt, Evans grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Plawecki out at second
    • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Rosario reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • B. Nimmo: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Rosario caught stealing, catcher to shortstop
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • N. Syndergaard Pitching:
    • A. Nola: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Nola struck out swinging
    • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Hernandez singled to left
    • C. Santana: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Santana doubled to deep right, Hernandez to third
    • N. Williams: Ball, Foul, Ball, Williams grounded out to second, Hernandez scored, Santana to third
    • R. Hoskins: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Hoskins walked
    • A. Altherr: Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Santana stole home, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Altherr grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Nola Pitching:
    • J. Bruce: Ball, Foul, Bruce grounded out to first
    • T. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Frazier walked
    • A. Cabrera: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Cabrera lined out to shortstop, Frazier to second on 3rd baseman Crawford fielding error
    • A. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Gonzalez grounded out to second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 2ND INNING
    • N. Syndergaard Pitching:
    • R. Hoskins: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Hoskins doubled to deep left
    • A. Altherr: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Altherr struck out swinging
    • M. Franco: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Hoskins stole third, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Franco struck out swinging
    • A. Knapp: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Knapp walked
    • J. Crawford: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Crawford struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. Nola Pitching:
    • N. Syndergaard: Strike looking, Syndergaard grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
    • B. Nimmo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Nimmo walked
    • Y. Cespedes: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Cespedes struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • N. Syndergaard Pitching:
    • C. Hernandez: Hernandez grounded out to pitcher
    • C. Santana: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
    • N. Williams: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Williams struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Nola Pitching:
    • B. Nimmo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Nimmo walked
    • Y. Cespedes: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Cespedes homered to left, Nimmo scored
    • J. Bruce: Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Bruce struck out looking
    • T. Frazier: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Frazier grounded out to third
    • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • A. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gonzalez walked, Cabrera to second
    • K. Plawecki: Strike looking, Ball, Plawecki reached on fielder's choice to third, Gonzalez out at second
    • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)