Mets Takeaways from Thursday's 10-6 win over Phillies, including picking up Seth Lugo after tough start

Alex Smith
Brandon Nimmo celebrates at third base
Brandon Nimmo celebrates at third base

The Mets picked up Seth Lugo after a tough start, coming back to beat the Phillies 10-6 on Thursday night. >> Box score

Six things to know from Thursday's game

1. The Mets jumped out to an early lead off of Aaron Nola. After Nola walked the first two hitters of the game, Dominic Smith delivered with an RBI double to the gap in left-center field, putting the Mets’ up 1-0. Up next, Robinson Cano lined a single to right, scoring two more and making it a 3-0 Mets lead.

2. Bryce Harper came into Thursday’s game without a hit in the series and struggling mightily recently, but he got the best of Seth Lugo in the bottom of the first, slamming a solo home run to dead center. Next up, Alec Bohm followed suit with a solo home run of his own to right field, cutting the lead to 3-2. And then just for good measure, Didi Gregorius hit a solo homer to make it back-to-back-to-back shots. Jean Segura nearly made it four in a row, tripling off the wall in right field. Adam Haseley later singled him home to give the Phillies a 4-3 lead. In all, Lugo allowed four runs in the first inning on three home runs.

3. The second inning didn’t go much better for Lugo, as he allowed another home run to Harper, a monster shot off the facing of the third deck in right. Bohm would record a double and Jean Segura would eventually drive him in, scoring the Phillies’ sixth run and ending Lugo’s night. In 1.2 innings, Lugo allowed six earned on eight hits (four home runs) while striking out three.

4. Erasmo Ramirez took over for Lugo out of the bullpen, and once again gave the Mets needed outs. Ramirez went 2.1 innings and allowed just one hit. He struck out three Phillies hitters, lowering his season ERA to 0.73. Since last Friday, Ramirez has given the Mets 7.1 quality innings without allowing a run. 

Chasen Shreve also have the Mets' 2.1 scoeless innings, lowering his ERA to 1.99.

5. Pete Alonso cut into the Phillies’ lead in the sixth, golfing a Nola curveball into the seats in left field to make it a 6-4 ballgame. Alonso’s solo shot was his 12th big fly of the season. The Mets then got to the Phillies’ bullpen after Nola was pulled, as Brandon Nimmo tripled to right-center, scoring two and tying the game 6-6.

6. With the game still tied 6-6 in the ninth inning, Nimmo struck again, launching a solo home run off of Brandon Workman deep into the night. After a Michael Conforto single, Smith tripled off the wall in right-center to make it an 8-6 game. A couple of batters later, Cano connected on a two-run shot, pushing the Mets' lead to 10-6.

Edwin Diaz loaded the bases in the ninth, but he forced Andrew McCutchen to hit into a fielder's choice to end the game.

What's next

The Mets start a three-game series with the Braves on Friday night at 7:10 p.m. Steven Matz gets the start against Max Fried, with coverage on SNY starting at 6:30 p.m.