PHILADELPHIA – Bryce Harper beat Max Scherzer again and the Philadelphia Phillies became the first team to defeat the Mets’ new star, beating New York 3-2 on Sunday to open a double.
Harper, wearing a pink putter for Mother’s Day, drove a 94mph fastball from Scherzer (4-1) over the wall on the right to a solo homer with two outs in the first. He shouted, “I love you, Mom!” on a TV camera before returning to the shelter.
Harper added an RBI single on the third. The current NL MVP also hit Scherzer, his former Washington teammate, on May 1.
Kyle Schwarber, Alec Bohm and Jean Segura all hit a pair for the Phillies, who bounced back from Thursday’s 8-7 loss to the Mets, in which New York hit seven runs in the ninth inning.
The single-inning double match was part of a make-up after games between the teams were stopped on Friday and Saturday.
Scherzer suffered his first defeat since May 30, ending a 24-game unbeaten streak. The three-time Cy Young winner signed a three-year, $130 million contract with the Mets in the offseason. The Phillies recorded 10 hits against the right-hander, marking just the 14th time in 413 career games that Scherzer allowed double-digit hits.
Scherzer dropped out of three runs in six innings, eliminating seven and walking none. He remained 18th all-time in strikeouts with 3,069 career K’s.
Kyle Gibson (3-1) gave up two runs in six with three strikeouts and no walks. Corey Knebel, after squandering the defense on Thursday, shot a ninth at 1-2-3 for his fifth save.
Brandon Nimmo and Starling Marte each had two hits for the NL East leader Mets.
Bryson Stott’s single RBI in the fourth put the Phillies ahead 3-0.
The Mets got a couple of runs back in sixth and threatened in seventh after reliever Seranthony Dominguez walked with Pete Alonso and Eduardo Escobar to start the frame. But Dominguez bounced back to eliminate Dominic Smith, Marte and Luis Guillorme to keep Philadelphia ahead.
The Mets released 2B Robinson Canó before the game.. The Mets announced the news in their pre-game notes and after manager Buck Showalter met with reporters.
Canó, 39, sat out last season as he served his second suspension for performance-enhancing drugs. He hit .195 (8 of 41) with a home run, three RBIs, and a paltry .501 OPS in 43 plate appearances for the NL East-leading Mets. Canó has a career batting average of .302 with 335 home runs, 1,305 RBIs, and an OPS of .842 in 17 seasons. He has 2,632 hits, including 571 doubles.
Phillies: Right-handers Zack Wheeler and Zach Eflin have been placed on COVID-related IL.
mets: After a day off, the Mets open a three-game series in Washington on Tuesday night.
Phillies: Start a three-game series in Seattle on Monday night. Philadelphia LHP Ranger Suarez (2-1, 4.63) is scheduled to oppose Mariners RHP Chris Flexen (1-4, 3.10).