PHILADELPHIA — Alec Bohm and J.T. Realmuto each hit three-run homers, Rhys Hoskins had a solo shot and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Mets, 8-2, on Wednesday.
The Phillies took two of three from their division rivals after opening the season with a three-game sweep of three-time defending N.L. East champion Atlanta.
Phillies ace Aaron Nola lasted only four innings, pitching out of trouble the final two. He allowed one run and six hits, striking out five.
“He had to grind through,” Phillies Manager Joe Girardi said. “His location and stuff wasn’t sharp but he found a way to get through four innings against a good lineup giving up only one run. That’s the mark of a good pitcher.”
Connor Brogdon (3-0) got five outs to earn his third win in six games. Three relievers pitched the final 3 ⅓ innings.
Mets starter David Peterson (0-1) surrendered six runs and seven hits in four innings.
The Mets had their season-opening series at Washington wiped out because of a coronavirus outbreak among the Nationals.
“I don’t think that really hurt us,” Manager Luis Rojas said of the layoff. “I thought that we prepared well to come into this series and compete. We could’ve won this series. There’s no excuse. We go home 1-2.”
The Phillies hit two homers in the first five games before going deep three times against the Mets.
“I think the biggest thing is putting traffic on base and if you do that you’re going to score runs,” Girardi said. “Home runs do it quickly but on base is important for me.”
Francisco Lindor, the four-time All-Star shortstop acquired from Cleveland in the off-season and signed to a team-record, $341 million, 10-year contract extension last week, was 2 for 11 with one R.B.I. in his first series with the Mets.
He was taunted by Philly fans with chants of “overrated” in his last at-bat.
Mets-Nationals Series Rescheduled
The postponed season-opening series between the Washington Nationals and Mets has been rescheduled, with two of the games moved to June and the other to September.
A coronavirus outbreak on the Nationals prompted Major League Baseball to scrap the games originally slated to be played in Washington on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday of last week.
Instead, M.L.B. announced Wednesday, one game will be part of a split doubleheader at 1:05 p.m. and 6:05 p.m. on June 19; another will be at 7:05 p.m. on June 28, which had been an off day for both teams; and the last will be Sept. 4 as part of a doubleheader at 1:05 p.m. and 6:05 p.m.