PHILADELPHIA -- Through the turbulence of mounting losses, multiple trades and near-daily clubhouse turnover, few Mets have provided more stability than Curtis Granderson. Playing out what are likely to be his final weeks with the Mets, Granderson hit a two-run homer Sunday, collected three hits, drove in three runs and
PHILADELPHIA -- Through the turbulence of mounting losses, multiple trades and near-daily clubhouse turnover, few Mets have provided more stability than Curtis Granderson. Playing out what are likely to be his final weeks with the Mets, Granderson hit a two-run homer Sunday, collected three hits, drove in three runs and scored three himself in a 6-2 win over the Phillies.
"He comes ready to play. He gets himself ready to play. He keeps himself ready to play," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "He's an example of a guy you want to follow."
Michael Conforto also homered for the Mets, making a winner of rookie starter Chris Flexen, who allowed 10 baserunners -- but just two runs -- in five innings at Citizens Bank Park.
Granderson doubled and scored in the first inning off Phillies starter Zach Eflin, homered off Eflin in the fifth, then drove home his third run with a single in the seventh. By that point, Eflin had long since departed, giving up four runs in 5 1/3 innings to raise his ERA to 5.76.
"If you hang them you're going to get hurt," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said of the Mets' two homers, both on curveballs not quite low enough. "If you make the pitch, nobody says a word if you keep it down where it's supposed to be. Neither curveball had enough bite to it. You hang it, they bang it."
Twice, the Phillies loaded the bases with no outs against Flexen, coming away with just one run each time. In the first, Rhys Hoskins beat out an RBI fielder's choice to record his first career RBI. Four innings later, Hoskins muscled an opposite-field single into right field for his first career hit.
"It's just being able to execute pitches in stress situations," Flexen said. "I had a lot of runners on today and was able to limit it to just two runs."
Phillies outfielder Odubel Herrera singled in the first to extend his hitting streak to a career-best 16 games. After Joey Votto's 0-for-3 game Sunday broke his league-leading 17-game hitting streak, Herrera's is now the longest in baseball.
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Second-half masher: Though it was Granderson who put things on ice in the middle innings, Conforto gave the Mets the lead for good with his two-run homer in the first, a 384-foot blast to right. It was Conforto's third home run of the series, his fifth in eight games and his 12th in 29 contests since the All-Star break.
"I'm hitting in the middle of the order," said Conforto, who recently shifted from leadoff to the middle of New York's lineup. "I see myself as a guy who's supposed to drive in runs, get on base, really more of the same that I was before." More >
Running wild: The Phillies' best chance to overtake the Mets occurred in the fifth, when they loaded the bases with no outs. The next batter, Nick Williams, lifted a fly ball to shallow center field, where Conforto caught it and fired home. Third-base coach Juan Samuel held up Freddy Galvis from attempting to score, but as Conforto's throw skittered to the right of catcher Travis d'Arnaud, Herrera inexplicably sprinted from second to third. d'Arnaud jogged over to third base to complete an easy double play, and the Phillies came away with just one run in the inning.
"I prefer to say that he's more positive than negative," Mackanin said. "And if you look back on the last six, seven weeks, he has not made many mistakes. Today was an innocent mistake. He just didn't keep his head up. That's the only thing he did. So I'll take him any day."
"It's been 12 seasons at the big league level. I haven't been traded at all during the regular season. There's no reason to start thinking about it at this point." -- Granderson, on trade rumors
UPON FURTHER REVIEW
Hoskins certainly earned his first career RBI. With the bases loaded and no outs in the first inning, Hoskins grounded into a run-scoring double play -- a play that according to MLB rules, does not result in an RBI. But the Phillies challenged that Hoskins, who was hustling down the line, beat out Asdrubal Cabrera's relay to first base. After a review, umpires overturned the call, giving Hoskins an RBI.
Mets: Though the Mets' road trip is technically not over, they'll sleep in their own beds Sunday night. Monday, they'll open the Subway Series behind right-hander Rafael Montero in a 7:05 p.m. ET game at Yankee Stadium. Following matchups Monday and Tuesday in the Bronx, the Mets and Yankees will shift to Citi Field for two more on Wednesday and Thursday.
Phillies: Right-hander Jerad Eickhoff is slated to start Monday's 10:10 p.m. ET series opener in San Diego where the Phillies have found success in recent years. Philadelphia is 25-9 at Petco Park since 2007.
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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook.
Ben Harris is a reporter for MLB.com based in Philadelphia and covered the Phillies on Sunday.