Conforto's 9th-inning HR lifts Mets over Neris, Phils 3-1

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Michael Conforto crushed a splitter from Hector Neris and watched it drift just wide of the foul pole.

''It's like getting punched in the stomach a little bit,'' Conforto said. ''But you're still in the at-bat, so you take a deep breath. I saw one (pitch) and then got a fastball in the middle of the plate.''

Conforto hit that offering from the Phillies closer to right-center for a two-run homer in the ninth inning, and the New York Mets rallied to beat Philadelphia 3-1 on Friday night.

''I think we needed that feeling,'' Mets manager Mickey Callaway said.

It was only the Mets' second win in 10 games. And it came in improbable fashion in their first game since an embarrassing gaffe in Wednesday's loss to Cincinnati in which they batted out of order, squashing a first-inning rally.

''I was surprised when the sun came up,'' Callaway said before the game.

Callaway said he told the players he ''messed up, big time,'' held a pregame meeting with the coaches and staff and tinkered the pregame procedures.

''The thing you try to do now is make sure it doesn't happen again,'' Mets assistant general manager John Ricco said.

For eight innings it looked like not much would change for the Mets. Phillies starter Jake Arrieta allowed five hits over 7 1/3 scoreless innings and they led 1-0 until Neris allowed a one-out single, Conforto's third homer and a homer to Devin Mesoraco on the next pitch.

It was the second blown save for Neris (1-3) in six days, both costing Arrieta a victory.

''We just drink a beer, talk about it and move forward,'' Arrieta said.

Neris, booed loudly by the home crowd, left the park without talking to reporters.

Odubel Herrera extended his on-base streak to 40 games with a first-inning home run for the Phillies, who had won four straight.

Jeurys Familia (2-1) worked a perfect ninth for the Mets, who had scored two or fewer runs in seven of their previous nine games.

Herrera, who went 2 for 3 and is hitting .360, pulled a curveball to right off Steven Matz to move into a tie with Willie Montanez for the seventh-longest on-base streak in Phillies history. Mike Schmidt holds the record (56 in 1981-82).

But the Phillies fell to 7-14 against NL East opponents. They're 15-2 against the rest of the majors.

Arrieta struck out Adrian Gonzalez with two on to end the third, and was effective in holding the Mets to mostly weak contact while striking out five.

Arrieta worked around a leadoff walk and hit in the seventh, picking off Jose Reyes at first to end the threat. He was lifted after retiring pinch-hitter Juan Lagares to lead off the eighth on his 101st pitch.

Matz allowed five hits and four walks in five innings.

''He didn't have anything tonight. He was up the whole game, but he stayed focused,'' Callaway said. ''He didn't let things unravel and he kept us in the ballgame.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mets: OF Yoenis Cespedes (right quadriceps) was in the lineup but only at 85 percent, according to Callaway. . OF Jay Bruce (paternity leave) will miss the series. 1B Dominic Smith, who said he's dropped 35 pounds since last season, was recalled from Triple-A Last Vegas. . RHP Hansel Robles (right knee) was placed on the 10-day DL even though an MRI was negative. . C Kevin Plawecki (broken left hand) left for Florida to continue his rehab. . Ricco said the Mets are projecting a July return for INF T.J. Rivera from Tommy John surgery.

Phillies: RHP Jerad Eickhoff (back) is scheduled to throw three innings in a minor league rehab start Monday. . RHP Mark Leiter Jr. (forearm) will throw 2 1/3 innings for Class A Clearwater on Saturday.

SUSPENDED DEBUT

The Mets recalled LHP Buddy Baumann from Triple-A to replace Robles. But after staying for batting practice, he returned to the hotel to serve a suspension for something he did with his former team, San Diego.

''A weird situation,'' he said.

Baumann was suspended one game for his role in the Padres-Rockies brawl on April 11. He was immediately sent to the minors, then waived and claimed by the Mets, so this was the first chance to sit out.

UP NEXT

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard (2-1, 3.09 ERA) starts Saturday night against Phillies RHP Zach Eflin (1-0, 0.71).

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  • W: A. Ramos (2-2)L: H. Neris (1-3)S: J. Familia (11)
  • HR: NYM - D. Mesoraco (2), M. Conforto (3), PHI - O. Herrera (6)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Nimmo CF-RF40000020.235.426.431.858-1.0
A. Cabrera 2B30200100.326.375.551.9264.0
Y. Cespedes LF40100012.248.311.451.7620.5
A. Ramos P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Familia P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
A. Gonzalez 1B40100013.247.321.430.7510.5
W. Flores 3B40100011.222.300.403.7030.5
L. Guillorme PR-3B01000000.000.000.000.0001.0
M. Conforto RF-LF31221100.207.345.348.6939.0
D. Mesoraco C41111002.200.259.360.6196.0
S. Matz P20000001.091.091.091.1820.0
S. Lugo P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- J. Reyes PH-SS20100000.140.178.209.3871.0
A. Rosario SS20000000.243.274.324.5980.0
b- D. Smith PH0000-000.000.000.000.000-
P. Sewald P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- J. Lagares PH-CF20000000.320.364.340.7040.0
  • a-singled for Lugo in the 7th
  • b-?? for Rosario in the 7th
  • c-flied out for Sewald in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Hernandez 2B50100021.268.382.401.7842.0
A. Altherr RF30000121.200.331.380.7110.0
O. Herrera CF31211102.360.429.566.9958.0
R. Hoskins LF20000113.268.418.472.8891.5
C. Santana 1B40000006.186.295.400.6950.0
M. Franco 3B40100000.281.313.512.8251.0
S. Kingery SS40200011.224.272.345.6171.5
J. Alfaro C30100002.216.281.352.6341.0
a- P. Florimon PH10000010.263.333.421.754-0.5
J. Arrieta P20000113.091.231.091.3220.5
T. Hunter P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
H. Neris P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- N. Williams PH10000000.217.299.290.5890.0
  • a-struck out for Alfaro in the 9th
  • b-grounded out for Neris in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Cabrera (11)
  • HR - M. Conforto (3), D. Mesoraco (2)
  • RBI - M. Conforto 2 (9), D. Mesoraco (4)
BATTING
  • HR - O. Herrera (6)
  • RBI - O. Herrera (24)
  • 2-Out RBI - O. Herrera (6)
BASERUNNING
  • Picked Off - J. Reyes
BASERUNNING
  • SB - C. Hernandez (7)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Rosario-Cabrera-Gonzalez; Rosario-Cabrera-Gonzalez)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Kingery-Hernandez-Santana)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Matz5.05114313.861.266.5
S. Lugo1.01000102.421.122.5
P. Sewald1.01000203.320.923.0
A. Ramos (W, 2-2)1.00000103.861.2110.5
J. Familia (S, 11)1.00000101.500.9410.5
PITCHERSIP
S. Matz5.0
S. Lugo1.0
P. Sewald1.0
A. Ramos (W, 2-2)1.0
J. Familia (S, 11)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Arrieta7.15002502.591.0619.5
T. Hunter (H, 5)0.21000003.521.30-1.0
H. Neris (L, 1-3) (BS, 3)1.03330025.171.53-8.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Arrieta7.1
T. Hunter (H, 5)0.2
H. Neris (L, 1-3) (BS, 3)1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - S. Lugo (2)
  • HBP - S. Matz (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Matz 95-54, S. Lugo 14-9, P. Sewald 20-15, A. Ramos 9-7, J. Familia 15-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Matz 5-5, S. Lugo 1-1, P. Sewald 1-0, A. Ramos 1-1, J. Familia 1-1
  • Batters Faced - S. Matz 23, S. Lugo 4, P. Sewald 4, A. Ramos 3, J. Familia 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Arrieta 101-63, T. Hunter 5-5, H. Neris 20-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Arrieta 6-9, T. Hunter 1-1, H. Neris 2-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Arrieta 27, T. Hunter 3, H. Neris 6
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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B. Nimmo CF-RF40000020.235.426.431.858-1.0
A. Cabrera 2B30200100.326.375.551.9264.0
Y. Cespedes LF40100012.248.311.451.7620.5
A. Ramos P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Familia P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
A. Gonzalez 1B40100013.247.321.430.7510.5
W. Flores 3B40100011.222.300.403.7030.5
L. Guillorme PR-3B01000000.000.000.000.0001.0
M. Conforto RF-LF31221100.207.345.348.6939.0
D. Mesoraco C41111002.200.259.360.6196.0
S. Matz P20000001.091.091.091.1820.0
S. Lugo P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- J. Reyes PH-SS20100000.140.178.209.3871.0
A. Rosario SS20000000.243.274.324.5980.0
b- D. Smith PH0000-000.000.000.000.000-
P. Sewald P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- J. Lagares PH-CF20000000.320.364.340.7040.0
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  • a-singled for Lugo in the 7th
  • b-?? for Rosario in the 7th
  • c-flied out for Sewald in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Hernandez 2B50100021.268.382.401.7842.0
A. Altherr RF30000121.200.331.380.7110.0
O. Herrera CF31211102.360.429.566.9958.0
R. Hoskins LF20000113.268.418.472.8891.5
C. Santana 1B40000006.186.295.400.6950.0
M. Franco 3B40100000.281.313.512.8251.0
S. Kingery SS40200011.224.272.345.6171.5
J. Alfaro C30100002.216.281.352.6341.0
a- P. Florimon PH10000010.263.333.421.754-0.5
J. Arrieta P20000113.091.231.091.3220.5
T. Hunter P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
H. Neris P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- N. Williams PH10000000.217.299.290.5890.0
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  • a-struck out for Alfaro in the 9th
  • b-grounded out for Neris in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Cabrera (11)
  • HR - M. Conforto (3), D. Mesoraco (2)
  • RBI - M. Conforto 2 (9), D. Mesoraco (4)
BATTING
  • HR - O. Herrera (6)
  • RBI - O. Herrera (24)
  • 2-Out RBI - O. Herrera (6)
BASERUNNING
  • Picked Off - J. Reyes
BASERUNNING
  • SB - C. Hernandez (7)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Rosario-Cabrera-Gonzalez; Rosario-Cabrera-Gonzalez)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Kingery-Hernandez-Santana)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Matz5.05114313.861.266.5
S. Lugo1.01000102.421.122.5
P. Sewald1.01000203.320.923.0
A. Ramos (W, 2-2)1.00000103.861.2110.5
J. Familia (S, 11)1.00000101.500.9410.5
Total9.0711481---
PITCHERSIP
S. Matz5.0
S. Lugo1.0
P. Sewald1.0
A. Ramos (W, 2-2)1.0
J. Familia (S, 11)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Arrieta7.15002502.591.0619.5
T. Hunter (H, 5)0.21000003.521.30-1.0
H. Neris (L, 1-3) (BS, 3)1.03330025.171.53-8.0
Total9.0933252---
PITCHERSIP
J. Arrieta7.1
T. Hunter (H, 5)0.2
H. Neris (L, 1-3) (BS, 3)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - S. Lugo (2)
  • HBP - S. Matz (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Matz 95-54, S. Lugo 14-9, P. Sewald 20-15, A. Ramos 9-7, J. Familia 15-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Matz 5-5, S. Lugo 1-1, P. Sewald 1-0, A. Ramos 1-1, J. Familia 1-1
  • Batters Faced - S. Matz 23, S. Lugo 4, P. Sewald 4, A. Ramos 3, J. Familia 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Arrieta 101-63, T. Hunter 5-5, H. Neris 20-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Arrieta 6-9, T. Hunter 1-1, H. Neris 2-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Arrieta 27, T. Hunter 3, H. Neris 6
  • 9TH INNING
    Mesoraco homered to left31
    Conforto homered to right, Guillorme scored21
  • 1ST INNING
    Herrera homered to right center01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Hector Neris relieved Tommy Hunter
    • A. Gonzalez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez popped out to third
    • W. Flores: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Flores singled to left
    • Luis Guillorme ran for Wilmer Flores
    • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Conforto homered to right, Guillorme scored
    • D. Mesoraco: Mesoraco homered to left
    • J. Reyes: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Reyes grounded out to second
    • J. Lagares: Ball, Strike swinging, Lagares grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 9th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Jeurys Familia relieved AJ Ramos
    • Pedro Florimon hit for Jorge Alfaro
    • P. Florimon: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Florimon struck out swinging
    • Nick Williams hit for Hector Neris
    • N. Williams: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Williams grounded out to second
    • C. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Hernandez flied out to center
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Juan Lagares hit for Paul Sewald
    • J. Lagares: Strike looking, Lagares flied out to right
    • Tommy Hunter relieved Jake Arrieta
    • B. Nimmo: Nimmo lined out to right
    • A. Cabrera: Foul, Cabrera singled to right
    • Y. Cespedes: Strike looking, Cespedes grounded into fielder's choice to second, Cabrera out at second
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • AJ Ramos pitching
    • C. Santana: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Santana lined out to center
    • M. Franco: Strike looking, Franco grounded out to third
    • S. Kingery: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Kingery struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • J. Arrieta Pitching:
    • M. Conforto: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Conforto walked
    • D. Mesoraco: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Mesoraco grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Conforto out at second
    • Jose Reyes hit for Seth Lugo
    • J. Reyes: Ball, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Reyes singled to left center
    • Dominic Smith hit for Amed Rosario
    • D. Smith: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Reyes picked off at first, pitcher to first
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Paul Sewald pitching
    • C. Hernandez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
    • A. Altherr: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Altherr grounded out to first
    • O. Herrera: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Herrera reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • R. Hoskins: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Hoskins struck out looking
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Arrieta Pitching:
    • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Cabrera lined out to left
    • Y. Cespedes: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Cespedes struck out swinging
    • A. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Gonzalez singled to center
    • W. Flores: Ball, Flores fouled out to first
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Seth Lugo relieved Steven Matz
    • M. Franco: Strike looking, Franco grounded out to pitcher
    • S. Kingery: Strike looking, Kingery singled to left
    • J. Alfaro: Strike swinging, Ball, Kingery to second on wild pitch, Ball, Ball, Alfaro flied out to right
    • J. Arrieta: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Arrieta struck out looking
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Arrieta Pitching:
    • S. Matz: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Matz grounded out to second
    • A. Rosario: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Rosario grounded out to second
    • B. Nimmo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Nimmo struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • J. Arrieta: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Arrieta walked
    • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hernandez lined out to right
    • A. Altherr: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Altherr walked, Arrieta to second
    • O. Herrera: Strike looking, Herrera reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Arrieta to third, Altherr out at second
    • R. Hoskins: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hoskins hit by pitch, Herrera to second
    • C. Santana: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Santana grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Arrieta Pitching:
    • W. Flores: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Flores struck out swinging
    • M. Conforto: Conforto lined out to center
    • D. Mesoraco: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Mesoraco grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • M. Franco: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Franco flied out to center
    • S. Kingery: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Kingery singled to right
    • J. Alfaro: Pickoff attempt, Alfaro grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Kingery out at second
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Arrieta Pitching:
    • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Rosario grounded out to shortstop
    • B. Nimmo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Nimmo struck out looking
    • A. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Cabrera walked
    • Y. Cespedes: Ball, Cespedes singled to left center, Cabrera to second
    • A. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Hernandez singled to center
    • A. Altherr: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Altherr struck out swinging
    • O. Herrera: Ball, Ball, Ball, Hernandez stole second, Strike looking, Ball, Herrera walked
    • R. Hoskins: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hoskins flied out to center
    • C. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Santana flied out to center
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Arrieta Pitching:
    • W. Flores: Ball, Ball, Foul, Flores flied out to right
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Conforto singled to center
    • D. Mesoraco: Foul, Mesoraco fouled out to third
    • S. Matz: Foul, Matz grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • M. Franco: Strike looking, Ball, Franco singled to center
    • S. Kingery: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Kingery flied out to center
    • J. Alfaro: Ball, Alfaro singled to left, Franco to second
    • J. Arrieta: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Arrieta grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Alfaro out at second
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Arrieta Pitching:
    • B. Nimmo: Ball, Strike looking, Nimmo flied out to center
    • A. Cabrera: Ball, Cabrera doubled to deep right center
    • Y. Cespedes: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Cespedes fouled out to catcher
    • A. Gonzalez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Gonzalez flied out to center
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • C. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
    • A. Altherr: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Altherr struck out swinging
    • O. Herrera: Strike looking, Herrera homered to right center
    • R. Hoskins: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Hoskins walked
    • C. Santana: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Santana grounded into fielder's choice to third, Hoskins out at second
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)