Hoskins, Nola lead Phillies to 4-3 win over Mets

NEW YORK (AP) Aaron Nola and the Phillies needed a big hit. Rhys Hoskins came through at just the right time.

A slumping Hoskins launched a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning to make Nola a winner, and Philadelphia edged the New York Mets 4-3 on Friday night.

''Rhys' homer was huge. Man, was that enormous,'' Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. ''It injected a lot of life, it injected a lot of enthusiasm into the dugout.''

Carlos Santana lined an early two-run shot for the Phillies, who trail Atlanta by 2 1/2 games in the NL East. The first-place Braves lost 5-3 to Arizona.

Nola (16-4) bounced back from a rare rough outing, striking out eight over seven innings to match Washington ace Max Scherzer for the National League lead in wins. Those two are in a tight race with Mets star Jacob deGrom for the NL Cy Young Award, and Nola helped his cause Friday with deGrom sitting in the opposite dugout.

''I think it was a special moment for Nola to see that happen and kind of getting the win, Cy Young race, the whole drama and everything that's going on,'' Kapler said. ''Game in a playoff chase with so much on the line.''

Nola walked one and gave up three hits, including Dominic Smith's tying homer in the seventh. Hoskins led off the eighth with his 28th home run, connecting on a 97 mph fastball from Tyler Bashlor (0-3) to snap an 0-for-14 slide.

The slugger watched the ball fly to left field and gave his bat a little flip as he trotted toward first base.

''Yeah, I'm buying him dinner tomorrow,'' Nola said with a smile.

Seranthony Dominguez tossed a perfect inning and Tommy Hunter earned his fourth save . They needed only 13 pitches between them to get the final six outs.

Jay Bruce flied out to the center-field fence in the ninth.

Bruce homered leading off the second, and rookie Jeff McNeil drove in a run with a hit-and-run double for the Mets. Nola, however, improved to 4-0 with a 1.97 ERA in five starts against New York this year.

''He's a bulldog and he never gives in,'' Mets leadoff batter Brandon Nimmo said.

Nola became the first Phillies pitcher to win 16 games in a season since Cole Hamels won 17 in 2012.

''My focus is fully with this team right now,'' Nola said. ''Trying to get some wins, trying to win the division title.''

Asdrubal Cabrera put the Phillies up 3-2 with an RBI single off reliever Eric Hanhold in the sixth. Pinch-hitter Odubel Herrera opened the inning with a double.

Before the game, Cabrera doffed his cap to the crowd when the Mets played a video tribute for him. New York traded the veteran infielder to Philadelphia in late July.

Mets starter Steven Matz allowed two runs and three hits with eight strikeouts in five innings. But he was outlasted by Nola despite some sensational Mets defense .

''Everything explodes out of his hand, and he's got command of everything,'' New York outfielder Michael Conforto said. ''There definitely was that feeling - I can tell you from the hitters - just, let's really try to get this guy tonight. We didn't quite do enough to get the win.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Phillies: 3B Maikel Franco said his sore right wrist was feeling better. An MRI came back clean, and Franco was available off the bench after missing the team's previous series in Miami. ... Speedy OF Roman Quinn sat out after hitting a ball off his foot. He was available off the bench, Kapler said.

Mets: Kevin Plawecki got hit by a pitch near his left wrist in the second. The catcher was checked by manager Mickey Callaway and a trainer, but remained in the game. Plawecki exited Wednesday's game at Dodger Stadium after getting plunked in the ribs and was sent for tests. ... RHP Anthony Swarzak (right shoulder inflammation) is scheduled to face 3B David Wright during a simulated game Saturday at Citi Field. The team would like Swarzak to throw 20 pitches. If he comes out of the session OK, he would likely be activated in the next day or two, Callaway said. Swarzak has been sidelined since Aug. 4. Wright, who hasn't played in the majors since May 2016, is attempting a comeback from neck, back and shoulder injuries. ... Mets catcher Devin Mesoraco received an epidural for a bulging disk in his back, and the club hopes he'll be able to return in about a week. ... After taking a line drive off his chest during Wednesday's outing, RHP Zack Wheeler feels fine and is scheduled to make his next start.

MAKING CHANGES

Aaron Altherr was in center field for the Phillies, his first major league start since July 20. He was demoted to the minors two days later and brought back Sept. 1. Altherr doubled his first time up and finished 1 for 2. ... Philadelphia recalled catcher Andrew Knapp from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

UP NEXT

Phillies RHP Zach Eflin (9-6, 4.05 ERA) faces RHP Noah Syndergaard (10-3, 3.33) in the middle game of the series Saturday night. Syndergaard is coming off his first career complete game, a two-hitter with 11 strikeouts in San Francisco. He lost at Philadelphia on Aug. 17.

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  • W: A. Nola (16-4)L: T. Bashlor (0-3)S: T. Hunter (4)
  • HR: PHI - C. Santana (22), R. Hoskins (28), NYM - J. Bruce (6), D. Smith (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
  •  7.0 IP, 3 ER, BB, 8 SO, 103 P
  •  5.0 IP, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 SO, 103 P
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Santana 1B41121010.228.350.423.7736.5
R. Hoskins LF41111010.246.356.486.8435.5
A. Altherr CF20100000.173.290.308.5982.0
a- O. Herrera PH-CF21100010.264.317.439.7552.5
J. Bautista RF20000011.199.342.363.705-0.5
b- N. Williams PH-RF10000011.258.329.433.762-0.5
c- W. Ramos PH10100000.308.358.504.8621.0
P. Florimon PR-RF00000000.242.299.452.750-1.0
A. Cabrera 3B40110010.266.315.470.7841.5
C. Hernandez 2B30000121.251.359.354.7140.0
S. Kingery SS40100001.230.272.341.6121.0
J. Alfaro C31000122.259.317.398.7151.0
A. Nola P30000031.055.071.073.144-1.5
S. Dominguez P0000-000.000.500.000.000-
T. Hunter P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-doubled for Altherr in the 6th
  • b-struck out for J. Bautista in the 6th
  • c-singled for Williams in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Nimmo CF31000110.270.389.503.8921.5
J. McNeil 2B40110010.319.382.464.8452.5
M. Conforto LF40000011.230.338.405.743-0.5
J. Bruce RF41111001.221.296.360.6566.0
T. Frazier 3B40000010.226.302.409.710-0.5
D. Smith 1B31111010.205.233.410.6425.5
K. Plawecki C20000010.235.341.393.7330.5
J. Reyes SS30000011.194.262.330.592-0.5
D. Smith P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
S. Matz P10000000.073.116.098.2140.0
a- J. Reinheimer PH10000010.250.333.250.583-0.5
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A. Rosario SS10000000.256.296.381.6780.0
  • a-struck out for Matz in the 5th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Altherr (9), O. Herrera (18)
  • HR - C. Santana (22), R. Hoskins (28)
  • RBI - C. Santana 2 (81), R. Hoskins (85), A. Cabrera (74)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Bautista, S. Kingery, J. Alfaro 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. McNeil (8)
  • HR - J. Bruce (6), D. Smith (3)
  • RBI - J. McNeil (13), J. Bruce (22), D. Smith (4)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Bruce, J. Reyes
BASERUNNING
  • CS - P. Florimon (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Nola (W, 16-4)7.03331822.290.9628.0
S. Dominguez (H, 12)1.00000002.860.893.0
T. Hunter (S, 4)1.00000003.541.1610.0
PITCHERSIP
A. Nola (W, 16-4)7.0
S. Dominguez (H, 12)1.0
T. Hunter (S, 4)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Matz5.03222814.171.2612.0
E. Hanhold1.02110103.861.290.5
T. Bashlor (L, 0-3)1.01110214.781.25-3.0
D. Zamora0.10000104.761.240.5
D. Smith1.21000102.331.292.5
PITCHERSIP
S. Matz5.0
E. Hanhold1.0
T. Bashlor (L, 0-3)1.0
D. Zamora0.1
D. Smith1.2
PITCHING
  • HBP - A. Nola (6)
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Nola 103-66, S. Dominguez 7-5, T. Hunter 6-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Nola 8-5, S. Dominguez 3-0, T. Hunter 2-1
  • Batters Faced - A. Nola 26, S. Dominguez 3, T. Hunter 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Matz 103-65, E. Hanhold 17-12, T. Bashlor 19-16, D. Zamora 4-3, D. Smith 22-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Matz 3-4, D. Smith 1-2
  • Batters Faced - S. Matz 20, E. Hanhold 5, T. Bashlor 4, D. Zamora, D. Smith 5
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
  •  7.0 IP, 3 ER, BB, 8 SO, 103 P
  •  5.0 IP, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 SO, 103 P
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C. Santana 1B41121010.228.350.423.7736.5
R. Hoskins LF41111010.246.356.486.8435.5
A. Altherr CF20100000.173.290.308.5982.0
a- O. Herrera PH-CF21100010.264.317.439.7552.5
J. Bautista RF20000011.199.342.363.705-0.5
b- N. Williams PH-RF10000011.258.329.433.762-0.5
c- W. Ramos PH10100000.308.358.504.8621.0
P. Florimon PR-RF00000000.242.299.452.750-1.0
A. Cabrera 3B40110010.266.315.470.7841.5
C. Hernandez 2B30000121.251.359.354.7140.0
S. Kingery SS40100001.230.272.341.6121.0
J. Alfaro C31000122.259.317.398.7151.0
A. Nola P30000031.055.071.073.144-1.5
S. Dominguez P0000-000.000.500.000.000-
T. Hunter P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-doubled for Altherr in the 6th
  • b-struck out for J. Bautista in the 6th
  • c-singled for Williams in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Nimmo CF31000110.270.389.503.8921.5
J. McNeil 2B40110010.319.382.464.8452.5
M. Conforto LF40000011.230.338.405.743-0.5
J. Bruce RF41111001.221.296.360.6566.0
T. Frazier 3B40000010.226.302.409.710-0.5
D. Smith 1B31111010.205.233.410.6425.5
K. Plawecki C20000010.235.341.393.7330.5
J. Reyes SS30000011.194.262.330.592-0.5
D. Smith P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
S. Matz P10000000.073.116.098.2140.0
a- J. Reinheimer PH10000010.250.333.250.583-0.5
E. Hanhold P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
T. Bashlor P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
D. Zamora P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Rosario SS10000000.256.296.381.6780.0
Total303332183-----
  • a-struck out for Matz in the 5th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Altherr (9), O. Herrera (18)
  • HR - C. Santana (22), R. Hoskins (28)
  • RBI - C. Santana 2 (81), R. Hoskins (85), A. Cabrera (74)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Bautista, S. Kingery, J. Alfaro 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. McNeil (8)
  • HR - J. Bruce (6), D. Smith (3)
  • RBI - J. McNeil (13), J. Bruce (22), D. Smith (4)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Bruce, J. Reyes
BASERUNNING
  • CS - P. Florimon (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Nola (W, 16-4)7.03331822.290.9628.0
S. Dominguez (H, 12)1.00000002.860.893.0
T. Hunter (S, 4)1.00000003.541.1610.0
Total9.0333182---
PITCHERSIP
A. Nola (W, 16-4)7.0
S. Dominguez (H, 12)1.0
T. Hunter (S, 4)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Matz5.03222814.171.2612.0
E. Hanhold1.02110103.861.290.5
T. Bashlor (L, 0-3)1.01110214.781.25-3.0
D. Zamora0.10000104.761.240.5
D. Smith1.21000102.331.292.5
Total9.07442132---
PITCHERSIP
S. Matz5.0
E. Hanhold1.0
T. Bashlor (L, 0-3)1.0
D. Zamora0.1
D. Smith1.2
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - A. Nola (6)
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Nola 103-66, S. Dominguez 7-5, T. Hunter 6-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Nola 8-5, S. Dominguez 3-0, T. Hunter 2-1
  • Batters Faced - A. Nola 26, S. Dominguez 3, T. Hunter 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Matz 103-65, E. Hanhold 17-12, T. Bashlor 19-16, D. Zamora 4-3, D. Smith 22-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Matz 3-4, D. Smith 1-2
  • Batters Faced - S. Matz 20, E. Hanhold 5, T. Bashlor 4, D. Zamora, D. Smith 5
  • 8TH INNING
    Hoskins homered to left43
  • 7TH INNING
    Smith homered to left center33
  • 6TH INNING
    Cabrera singled to center, Herrera scored32
  • 3RD INNING
    McNeil doubled to right, Nimmo scored22
    Santana homered to left, Alfaro scored21
  • 2ND INNING
    Bruce homered to right center01
  • 9TH INNING
    • D. Smith Pitching:
    • C. Hernandez: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
    • S. Kingery: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Kingery flied out to center
    • J. Alfaro: Ball, Foul, Alfaro flied out to right
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Tommy Hunter relieved Seranthony Dominguez
    • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Conforto grounded out to second
    • J. Bruce: Ball, Foul, Bruce flied out to deep center
    • T. Frazier: Frazier grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • T. Bashlor Pitching:
    • R. Hoskins: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Hoskins homered to left
    • Daniel Zamora relieved Tyler Bashlor
    • O. Herrera: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Herrera struck out swinging
    • Amed Rosario at shortstop
    • Drew Smith pitching
    • Wilson Ramos hit for Nick Williams
    • W. Ramos: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ramos singled to right
    • Pedro Florimon ran for Wilson Ramos
    • A. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Florimon caught stealing second, catcher to shortstop, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Cabrera grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Seranthony Dominguez relieved Aaron Nola
    • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Rosario grounded out to pitcher
    • B. Nimmo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Nimmo grounded out to second
    • J. McNeil: McNeil grounded out to second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Tyler Bashlor relieved Eric Hanhold
    • J. Alfaro: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Alfaro struck out swinging
    • A. Nola: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Nola struck out looking
    • C. Santana: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Santana popped out to first
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Nola Pitching:
    • T. Frazier: Ball, Frazier flied out to center
    • D. Smith: Ball, Smith homered to left center
    • K. Plawecki: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Plawecki struck out swinging
    • J. Reyes: Foul, Ball, Reyes grounded out to first
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Eric Hanhold pitching
    • Odubel Herrera hit for Aaron Altherr
    • O. Herrera: Strike looking, Herrera doubled to left
    • Nick Williams hit for Jose Bautista
    • N. Williams: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Williams struck out swinging
    • A. Cabrera: Foul, Foul, Ball, Cabrera singled to center, Herrera scored
    • C. Hernandez: Hernandez flied out to right
    • S. Kingery: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Kingery flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Nola Pitching:
    • J. McNeil: McNeil lined out to shortstop
    • M. Conforto: Conforto grounded out to first
    • J. Bruce: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Bruce flied out to deep center
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • A. Nola: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Nola struck out swinging
    • C. Santana: Ball, Santana fouled out to first
    • R. Hoskins: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Hoskins popped out to second
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Nola Pitching:
    • J. Reyes: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Reyes grounded out to first
    • Jack Reinheimer hit for Steven Matz
    • J. Reinheimer: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Reinheimer struck out looking
    • B. Nimmo: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Nimmo struck out looking
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • J. Bautista: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bautista lined out to third
    • A. Cabrera: Cabrera grounded out to third
    • C. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Hernandez walked
    • S. Kingery: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Kingery singled to center, Hernandez to second
    • J. Alfaro: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Alfaro struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. Nola Pitching:
    • T. Frazier: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Frazier grounded out to shortstop
    • D. Smith: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Smith struck out looking
    • K. Plawecki: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Plawecki flied out to deep center
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • J. Alfaro: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Alfaro walked
    • A. Nola: Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Nola struck out looking
    • C. Santana: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Santana homered to left, Alfaro scored
    • R. Hoskins: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Hoskins struck out looking
    • A. Altherr: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Altherr grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. Nola Pitching:
    • S. Matz: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Matz grounded out to first
    • B. Nimmo: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Nimmo walked
    • J. McNeil: Pickoff attempt, Ball, McNeil doubled to right, Nimmo scored
    • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Conforto flied out to right
    • J. Bruce: Strike looking, Foul, Bruce grounded out to first
    • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
    • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
    • S. Kingery: Ball, Kingery lined out to third
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Nola Pitching:
    • J. Bruce: Bruce homered to right center
    • T. Frazier: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Frazier struck out looking
    • D. Smith: Ball, Smith grounded out to second
    • K. Plawecki: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Plawecki hit by pitch
    • J. Reyes: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Reyes struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • C. Santana: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Santana struck out on foul tip
    • R. Hoskins: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Hoskins grounded out to third
    • A. Altherr: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Altherr doubled to left center
    • J. Bautista: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bautista struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. Nola Pitching:
    • B. Nimmo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Nimmo grounded out to first
    • J. McNeil: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, McNeil struck out swinging
    • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Conforto struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)