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Hoskins HR sparks Phillies over Mets before key Atlanta trip

Philadelphia Phillies' Wilson Ramos, right, and Odubel Herrera celebrate after Herrera's two-run home run off New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Synd...
Philadelphia Phillies' Rhys Hoskins, left, rounds the bases after hitting a home run off New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard, left, during...
Philadelphia Phillies' Zach Eflin pitches during the third inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, in Philadel...
Philadelphia Phillies' J.P. Crawford, center, and Roman Quinn celebrate after a baseball game against the New York Mets, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, in...
New York Mets' Amed Rosario, bottom, steals second base under the leaping tag from Philadelphia Phillies shortstop J.P. Crawford during the third inni...
New York Mets' Noah Syndergaard pitches during the third inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, in Ph...
New York Mets right fielder Brandon Nimmo cannot reach a double by Philadelphia Phillies' Rhys Hoskins during the third inning of a baseball game, Wed...
Philadelphia Phillies' Aaron Altherr, right, steals second base past New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario during the eighth inning of a baseball game,...
New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier reaches for a loose ball after committing a fielding error on drive by Philadelphia Phillies' Aaron Altherr d...
Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Pat Neshek reacts to a call while pitching against New York Mets' Kevin Plawecki during the ninth inning of a bas...
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard, right, walks the mound after giving up a two-run home run to Philadelphia Phillies' Odubel Herrera, l...

Philadelphia Phillies' Wilson Ramos, right, and Odubel Herrera celebrate after Herrera's two-run home run off New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Synd...

Philadelphia Phillies' Rhys Hoskins, left, rounds the bases after hitting a home run off New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard, left, during...

Philadelphia Phillies' Zach Eflin pitches during the third inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, in Philadel...

Philadelphia Phillies' J.P. Crawford, center, and Roman Quinn celebrate after a baseball game against the New York Mets, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, in...

New York Mets' Amed Rosario, bottom, steals second base under the leaping tag from Philadelphia Phillies shortstop J.P. Crawford during the third inni...

New York Mets' Noah Syndergaard pitches during the third inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, in Ph...

New York Mets right fielder Brandon Nimmo cannot reach a double by Philadelphia Phillies' Rhys Hoskins during the third inning of a baseball game, Wed...

Philadelphia Phillies' Aaron Altherr, right, steals second base past New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario during the eighth inning of a baseball game,...

New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier reaches for a loose ball after committing a fielding error on drive by Philadelphia Phillies' Aaron Altherr d...

Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Pat Neshek reacts to a call while pitching against New York Mets' Kevin Plawecki during the ninth inning of a bas...

New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard, right, walks the mound after giving up a two-run home run to Philadelphia Phillies' Odubel Herrera, l...

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Rhys Hoskins became the seventh-fastest player to hit 50 career home runs and the Philadelphia Phillies kept pace in the NL East race with a 4-0 victory over the New York Mets on Wednesday night.

Zach Eflin and five relievers combined on a six-hitter and Odubel Herrera added two-run homer for the Phillies, who won consecutive series for the first time since July 25 and stayed 5½ games behind division-leading Atlanta.

Seven of Philadelphia's final 11 games are against the Braves, including a four-game series beginning Thursday night in Atlanta.

Hoskins' opposite-field solo shot against Noah Syndergaard in the first inning was his 32nd homer of the season and 50th in 192 career games. Only Rudy York (153), Mark McGwire (161), Gary Sanchez (161), Ryan Braun (171), Aaron Judge (174) and former Phillies slugger Ryan Howard (182) reached 50 quicker, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

The 25-year-old Hoskins later added his 35th double, and Jose Bautista had a pinch-hit RBI double in the fifth off Jerry Blevins.

Eflin (11-7) struck out nine and allowed three hits in five innings. Luis Avilan, Victor Arano and Adam Morgan each went one inning.

Aaron Loup allowed a leadoff single to Jay Bruce in the ninth before Pat Neshek got the final three outs in Philadelphia's 11th shutout. New York (70-82) was blanked for the 12th time and assured a second consecutive losing season.

Syndergaard (12-4) gave up both homers and four hits in four innings, matching his shortest outing of the year on April 4 — also against Philadelphia. The right-hander posted a 5.75 ERA in four starts against the Phillies this year.

After a monthlong swoon that knocked the Phillies out of first place, they've won four of six and manager Gabe Kapler wants his team thinking playoffs.

Players entering the clubhouse were greeted with a message in both English and Spanish that read, "This is not over. It's going to take hard work, heart and pride. Together we can do this."

Before early batting practice was over, Atlanta had finished off a 7-3 victory against St. Louis that snapped a four-game skid and reduced its magic number to six to clinch the NL East.

But the Phillies answered ahead of their biggest series of the season.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mets: INF Wilmer Flores, experiencing pain in both knees, was sent back to New York and scheduled to undergo tests Thursday. . Bruce made his 11th start at first base and first in five games.

Phillies: INF Asdrubal Cabrera (strained left calf) missed a second straight game.

WHEELER DONE

The Mets will skip RHP Zack Wheeler's final two scheduled starts as a precaution, ending his breakout year.

Wheeler, who missed two full seasons following Tommy John surgery before returning for 17 starts last year, went 12-7 with a 3.31 ERA in 29 starts while throwing 182 1/3 innings.

After the All-Star break, Wheeler was 9-1 with a 1.68 ERA.

"I made some adjustments and was able to sort of take off," Wheeler said. "Hopefully, I can carry that into next season."

BORAS-BOUND

Hoskins confirmed an NBC Sports Philadelphia report that he's signed with star agent Scott Boras. Hoskins won't be eligible for free agency until after the 2023 season.

UP NEXT

Mets: LHP Jason Vargas (6-9, 6.47 ERA) moves back into the rotation Thursday night and will oppose RHP Max Scherzer (17-7, 2.53) in the opener of a four-game series at Washington.

Phillies: RHP Vince Velasquez (9-11, 4.26) tries to stop his skid Thursday night at Atlanta. He allowed four runs in two innings against Miami on Saturday and is 1-3 with a 7.52 ERA in his past seven starts. RHP Kevin Gausman (10-10, 3.92) goes for the Braves.

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Updated : 2021-04-21 20:14 GMT+08:00