Zack Wheeler restricted the damage in a fast nonetheless atmosphere pleasant outing within the path of his outdated workforce, Brad Miller hit a tiebreaking homer and the Philadelphia Phillies held off the New York Mets 4-3 Friday evening in a showdown between groups clinging to postseason aspirations.

The Phillies began the day 2 1/2 video video video games behind St. Louis for the second NL wild card, with San Diego and Cincinnati furthermore in the way in which during which by which. They had been three video video video games behind NL East-leading Atlanta, with the Mets one totally different 2 1/2 video video video games as soon as extra of that.

Philadelphia’s bullpen — which leads the majors with 32 blown saves — just about gave up Wheeler’s lead. Archie Bradley allowed two runs contained in the eighth on doubles by Francisco Lindor, Michael Conforto and Kevin Pillar before Ian Kennedy took over and purchased the final word out of the inning.

Kennedy furthermore pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his twenty third save of the season, together with seven since a deadline commerce from Texas. Brandon Nimmo flied out to the warning observe in left-center for the ultimate phrase out, and the Mets (72-76) dropped to 2-15 of their remaining 17 one-run video video video games.

Wheeler (14-9) allowed a run and struck out six over five-plus innings, strolling one and plunking two on 93 pitches. The NL Cy Young Award hopeful stretched his league-leading punchout complete to 231 and reached 200 innings in a season for the primary time. His ERA inched down to 2.83.

His opponents for the Cy Young has heated up down the stretch. Milwaukee’s Corbin Burnes pitched almost all of a no-hitter remaining Saturday, whereas the Dodgers’ Max Scherzer bought his 3,000th profession strikeout and took a fantastic recreation into the eighth inning Sunday.

Miller put the Phillies forward 2-1 contained in the fifth with a solo shot, his nineteenth homer of the season. Freddy Galvis and Matt Vierling had sacrifice flies, and Didi Gregorius padded the lead with a late RBI double.

Gregorius furthermore made a stunning defensive gem at shortstop contained in the seventh, diving to his appropriate for Jonathan Villar’s grounder and — from his abdomen — flipping the ball 30 toes behind his as soon as extra to second for a forceout.

Phillies supervisor Joe Girardi was ejected contained in the seventh after third base umpire Carlos Torres dominated that Philadelphia’s Matt Joyce failed to take a look at his swing.

Taijuan Walker (7-10) pitched two-run ball over 5 innings for New York, permitting three hits and putting out three. He was lifted after 88 pitches, an indication the Mets are limiting his workload down the stretch after accidents and the pandemic restricted the 29-year-old All-Star to 67 1/3 innings from 2018-20.

The 31-year-old Wheeler left the Mets for the rival Phillies on a $118 million, five-year free-agent deal prior to the 2020 season and has principally tormented New York since. He improved to 4-1 with a 2.62 ERA in 9 begins within the path of his former membership.

Wheeler threw a shutout within the path of the Mets of their earlier assembly Aug. 8 and entered with 22 consecutive scoreless innings within the path of them — most by a pitcher versus his former workforce since Doyle Alexander’s 26-inning run within the path of Baltimore from 1986-88.

Wheeler’s streak ended with one out contained in the fourth, when Javier Báez blooped a bases-loaded single to appropriate that tied the sport at 1.

The right-hander was pulled with no outs contained in the sixth after singles by Lindor and Pete Alonso. José Alvarado relieved and escaped to protect a 2-1 lead.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Phillies: C J.T. Realmuto was as soon as extra contained in the lineup a day after being hit contained in the left elbow by a pitch. X-rays had been detrimental.

Mets: Nimmo (appropriate hamstring stress) was activated from the injured doc and batted second. … RHP Jacob deGrom (forearm tightness) felt good after a bullpen this week and plans to throw one totally different one this weekend. … RHP Noah Syndergaard (Tommy John surgical course of) will every face hitters at Citi Field or on a minor league rehab exercise this weekend. … LHP Thomas Szapucki was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse and positioned on the 60-day injured doc due to ulnar nerve transposition surgical course of. … RHP Jake Reed was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse. … RHP Jordan Yamamoto (appropriate shoulder discomfort) was reinstated from the 60-day injured doc and optioned to Triple-A.

UP NEXT

Phillies RHP Aaron Nola (7-8, 4.58 ERA) faces Mets RHP Carlos Carrasco (1-2, 5.59). Nola has a 6.41 ERA over 4 begins since taking a fantastic recreation into the seventh inning within the path of the Padres on Aug. 21.