Hoskins, who had stolen third base in the second, stopped running as the throw from Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki reached second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera. Cabrera started to run Hoskins back to first base as Santana began to inch toward home.
Cabrera finally tossed the ball to Mets first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, who attempted to tag Hoskins. Hoskins dodged the tag. Gonzalez then threw home, but the throw was late as Santana made a nice slide to score.
"First, Rhys is an exceptional baserunner," Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. "He's got that instinct. He knows when to take a base and he knows when to stay put. In that particular case, all the credit goes to [first-base coach] Jose David Flores. 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 there.
"We've discussed various possibilities that were going to be important. He knows how slow Syndergaard is to the plate. He's having constant conversations with our baserunners. He identified a moment in the game to steal a run, and our guys executed it beautifully."