Phillies blow three leads, lose to Mets in final – The Morning Call

PHILADELPHIA — Mets reliever Nate Fisher pitched three scoreless innings in his major league debut after working in the Nebraska bullpen a year ago, Mark Canha hit two homers and drove in five runs, and New York beat the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday 10-9.

Kanha’s second homer was a walk-off, two-run ninth inning. Brandon Nimmo hit a solo homer through two batters for the NL East leaders.

The Phillies couldn’t hold on to leads of 4-0, 7-4 and 8-7.

The Mets took three of four in the series to finish the regular season with a 14-5 mark against the Phillies. New York extended its lead over second-place Atlanta to four games.

Fisher allowed one hit while striking out one and walking two. The 26-year-old left-hander worked at First National Bank of Omaha in his hometown last year before resuming his professional baseball career.

Alec Bohm hit a pair of three-run homers and Gene Segura also had a deep hit for the Phillies, who have lost four of five. Philadelphia finished second in the wild card race in the Netherlands.

The Mets trailed 8-7 before Jeff McNeil led off the ninth with a double off David Robertson (3-1) and Canha hit his 10th home run. In the seventh, Canha tied the game at 7-all with a three-run shot off Connor Brogdon.

Nimmo gave the Mets a 10-8 lead with a home run by Tyler Cyr.

Edwin Diaz ended his scoreless streak in innings but got out of trouble in the ninth for his 28th save in 31 innings. Diaz, who hadn’t surrendered a streak since June 22 over 21 innings, allowed Nick Mattan to hit a sacrifice fly that pulled Philadelphia into the series.

Diaz struck out Darrick Hall looking with runners on first and second to end it.

The game was delayed 46 minutes due to rain that stopped play in the bottom of the sixth.

Segura, a pinch hitter for Matt Virling, led off the eighth by striking out Trevor May (2-0) to give Philadelphia an 8-7 lead.

In his major league debut, Mets starter Jose Buta allowed seven runs on nine hits over four innings. Bato filled in for Taijuan Walker, who left his Aug. 16 start with back spasms but is not expected to require a stint on the injured list.

The first five Philadelphia baserunners against Booth reached base, with the first of Bohm’s three-run homer doing the most damage in the Phillies’ four-run first inning.

Bohm set a career high with six RBIs in his second multi-homer game.

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After coming undrafted out of the University of Nebraska, Fisher appeared in 12 games in the Single-A tournament for the Mariners organization in 2019. Fisher was released and worked for a year as a commercial credit analyst at First National Bank of Omaha, where he served as a college intern. He returned to the Mariners organization in 2021 and played 21 games in the minors, reaching Triple-A. This season with the Mets organization, he was 0-1 with a 3.77 ERA in 12 games at Double-A Binghamton and 1-2 with a 3.12 ERA in 12 games at Triple-A Syracuse before his call-up.

Marte continued his sharp tear at Citizens Bank Park. He went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI and is currently batting .399 with 17 doubles, five homers and 18 RBIs in 35 career games in Philadelphia.

Nick Castellanos had a pair of singles to extend his hitting streak to 11 games.

Mets: Placed RHP Steven Nagosek (left oblique strain) on the 15-day IL. The shortstop was in discomfort after throwing 1⅔ scoreless innings in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader against the Phillies. … C Thomas Nido, out on a COVID-related IL since Aug. 15, could return Thursday when the Mets open a four-game home series against Colorado. … 3B Eduardo Escobar (strained left oblique) hits a home run to return Friday against the Rockies. … Walker could return to the mound as soon as Tuesday against the Yankees.

Phillies: OF Bryce Harper (broken left thumb) is likely to make a rehab start at Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Tuesday or Wednesday. Harper, who has been out since June 25, is expected to take batting practice in Philadelphia on Monday. … Placed RHP Seranthony Domínguez (right triceps tendonitis) on the 15-day IL. … RHP Corey Knebel’s season ended after he was diagnosed with a torn right shoulder capsule. Gag, who was placed in IL on Aug. 15 with a right lat strain, will undergo stem cell treatment in hopes of avoiding surgery. RHP Tyler Cyr was called up from Triple-A to take a spot in the bullpen.

Mets: RHP Max Scherzer (9-2, 2.15) takes the mound for the Mets on Monday night to open a two-game series at the Yankees, who send RHP Domingo Herman (1-2, 4.45) to the mound.

Phillies: Open a four-game home series against Cincinnati on Monday night, where Phillies RHP Noah Syndergaard (2-0, 4.50) will face RHP Luis Sessa (3-1, 5.50).

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