Jeff McNeil hit a tiebreaking homer elementary off the seventh inning, and the New York Mets beat Philadelphia 3-2 Sunday evening, damaging the Phillies’ playoff hopes.

The Phillies, who’ve been attempting to finish a three-game sweep, blew a two-run lead and fell two video video video games behind the Atlanta Braves in the NL East and three 1/2 video video video games behind the St. Louis Cardinals in the race for the second NL wild card.

“Anytime you’re able to come in here and win two out of three, it’s big for us, especially in the spot that we’re in,” acknowledged Bryce Harper, who scored the Phillies’ first run and drove in their second ahead of ending the sport with a deep fly out to left.

The Mets snapped a five-game shedding streak and remained 5 1/2 video video video games behind the Braves — whom they go to in the ultimate phrase sequence of the season — and 7 video video video games behind the Cardinals.

“If we can put ourselves in a position when we play Atlanta — obviously, some other things have to happen — but I think there’s still an opportunity,” acknowledged Mets beginning pitcher Rich Hill. “I always hold on hope to be able to see that there might be something that could be on the horizon. You never know.”

McNeil’s homer off Phillies starter Kyle Gibson was his first since Aug. 1 and gave the Mets their first lead since squandering a 3-2 revenue in the eighth inning of Tuesday’s 7-6, 11-inning loss to the Cardinals.

“That felt really good — as soon as it came off the bat, I knew it was gone,” McNeil acknowledged.

Aaron Loup (6-0), the fifth of six Mets pitchers, walked Harper to load the bases in the sixth ahead of getting J.T. Realmuto to hit correct proper right into a fielder’s alternative. He then labored spherical a two-hit single by Ronald Torreyes in the seventh to decrease his ERA to 1.00 in 51 innings this season.

Loup acknowledged he’d like to complete with an ERA beneath 1.00. The lowest ERA by a Mets reliever is a 1.47 mark produced by Tug McGraw in 1969 and Jesse Orosco in 1983.

“It’d be a great accomplishment,” Loup acknowledged. “I think I’ve had a great year. To finish under 1.00 would be icing on the cake, I guess you could say.”

Edwin Diaz plunked Freddy Galvis with one out in the ninth ahead of hanging out Jean Segura and retiring Harper to earn his thirtieth save.

The Phillies stranded 10 runners.

“My team gave me an opportunity in the ninth to put us ahead,” Harper acknowledged. “I just missed that ball. It’s kind of devastating for me personally.”

Harper went 0 for two as his 14-game hitting streak was snapped, nonetheless he nonetheless helped the Phillies soar out to a 2-0 lead in opposition to Hill. With two outs in the primary. Harper walked and ran by a cease signal by third base coach Dusty Wathan to realize on a bloop double by J.T. Realmuto. In the fifth, Freddy Galvis singled, went to 3rd on Jean Segura’s double and scored on Harper’s sacrifice fly.

McNeil sparked the Mets’ rally in the fifth with a leadoff single. Tomas Nido adopted with a double and each runners raced house on a pinch-hit, two-run double by Dominic Smith, who’s 4 for 11 with 4 RBIs as a pinch-hitter this month.

“It’s a good night for Jeff,” Mets supervisor Luis Rojas acknowledged. “He can get hot right now and we definitely need that.”

Gibson (10-8), who pitched earlier the sixth for the third time in 9 begins with the Phillies, allowed three runs on seven hits and one stroll with 9 strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings.

Hill remained winless in 11 appearances (10 begins) with the Mets after permitting two runs on six hits and one stroll with seven strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings.


During a 3rd inning at-bat in opposition to Harper, Hill threw back-to-back curveballs that registered at 68 mph and 70 mph and have been listed as “unknown” on the scoreboard. He adopted the curveballs with an 88 mph fastball, which Harper fouled off, and an 85 mph sinker Harper took for ball three. He struck out the slugger trying with a 72 mph curveball that was acknowledged as such on the scoreboard.

In the fifth, the scoreboard as quickly as further registered back-to-back curveballs by Hill — these clocked at 65 mph and 68 mph — in opposition to Harper as “unknown” ahead of Harper hit a 70 mph curveball for a sacrifice fly.


When Cam Bedrosian relieved Gibson in the seventh, it marked the primary time he confronted the Mets — the one crew he hadn’t opposed in his eight-year occupation earlier to Sunday.


Phillies: LF Andrew McCutchen, who had the wind knocked out of him whereas making a diving catch in the seventh inning Saturday, returned to the lineup and went 0 for 4.

Mets: IF Jonathan Villar (left thumb) entered in a double-switch in the seventh. Villar jammed his thumb whereas batting Saturday evening. … Manager Luis Rojas acknowledged RHP Noah Syndergaard (Tommy John surgical course of) appeared good whereas throwing 15-20 pitches of batting apply.


Phillies: LHP Ranger Suarez (6-4, 1.50 ERA) will look to stay scorching Monday, when he opens a three-game sequence in opposition to the visiting Baltimore Orioles. Suarez has a 1.85 ERA in 9 begins since transferring to the rotation.

Mets: After an off-day Monday, RHP Marcus Stroman (9-12, 2.88 ERA) is scheduled to take the mound in the opener of a two-game sequence Tuesday on the Boston Red Sox. It could possibly be the thirty second begin for Stroman, tops in the majors and one shy of his career-high, set in 2017.