Bryce Harper homers, Ranger Suárez earns win vs. Mets

Bryce Harper homers, Ranger Suárez earns win vs. Mets
Bryce Harper homers, Ranger Suárez earns win vs. Mets

PHILADELPHIA — Not a whole lot went right for the Phillies in a chilly rain-soaked game at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday night.

Johan Rojas dropped a routine fly ball on the very first play of the game. Cristian Pache later made a throw to second from the left-field wall that ended up against the first-base railing. Nick Castellanos ran into an easy out at second base. JT Realmuto ran into another — at home plate.

That was all behind National League Cy Young contender Ranger Suárez, who walked two batters (in the same inning), hit another and uncorked a wild pitch, all while lasting a season-low-tying five innings.

Despite playing one of its ugliest games of the season, Philadelphia scraped its way to a third straight win over New York while improving to 23-5 over its past 28 games.

The Mets jumped out to an early lead when Rojas’ mishap led to an unearned run, but Bryce Harper wasted no time tying it up with an opposite-field homer at the bottom of the first. After falling behind on another unearned run in the third, Harper delivered a two-run double to cap what proved to be a decisive four-run fifth inning. Realmuto was easily thrown out at home on the play after an apparent miscommunication at third base, but the damage had been done.

Harper went 3-for-5 with three RBIs, while Suárez allowed just two unearned runs over five innings to improve to 8-0 on the season and lower his ERA to 1.37, the lowest by any Phillies pitcher through the first nine starts of a season since the National League began tracking Earned Runs in 1912.

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