The New York Mets became the first team this season to hit the 20 win mark by splitting a double-header with the Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies edged out the Mets 3-2 in Game 1 as Max Scherzer lost his first game since last May 30, ending a stretch of 24 straight starts without a loss for the former Cy Young Award winner.
The Mets would rebound in the nightcap, taking it 6-1 behind a pair of home runs by Pete Alonso.
Scherzer gave up three runs on 10 hits over six innings of work, walking none and striking out seven. Bryce Harper had a big afternoon against Scherzer, cracking a solo home run off him in the bottom of the first inning and driving in a run in the bottom of the third.
Offensively the Met scratched out two runs in the top of the sixth inning on a run-scoring double-play grounder by James McCann and a RBI double by Francisco Lindor.
The nightcap was the Pete Alonso show. The Mets slugging first baseman cracked his first homer, a two-run shot to left in the first inning to give the Mets a 2-0 lead. Alonso would add to that lead in the fifth inning with a three-run bomb to make it a 5-0 ballgame.
The homers backed a solid outing by Chris Bassist who tossed 5.2 solid innings, allowing only a run on five hits. Bassit improved to 4-2 with a 2.45 ERA.