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Jeff McNeil’s homer lifts Mets; Phillies slip in playoff race
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Jeff McNeil’s homer lifts Mets; Phillies slip in playoff race

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New York Mets’ Jeff McNeil celebrates as he returns to the dugout after hitting a home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021, in New York.

NEW YORK — Jeff McNeil hit a tiebreaking homer leading off the seventh inning, and the New York Mets beat Philadelphia 3-2 Sunday night, damaging the Phillies’ playoff hopes.

The Phillies, who were trying to complete a three-game sweep, blew a two-run lead and fell two games behind the Atlanta Braves in the NL East and 3 1/2 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,” said Bryce Harper, who scored the Phillies’ first run and drove in their second before ending the game with a deep fly out to left.

The Mets snapped a five-game losing streak and remained 5 1/2 games behind the Braves — whom they visit in the final series of the season — and seven 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,” said Mets starting 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 advantage 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 said.

Mets 3, Phillies 2

Philadelphia AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

Galvis ss 4 1 2 0 0 0 .265

Segura 2b 4 0 2 0 1 2 .300

Harper rf 2 1 0 1 2 1 .313

Realmuto 1b-c 4 0 1 1 0 2 .263

McCutchen lf 4 0 0 0 0 2 .219

Vierling cf 4 0 2 0 0 2 .341

Torreyes 3b 4 0 1 0 0 1 .242

Knapp c 2 0 0 0 0 2 .158

Miller ph-1b 2 0 0 0 0 1 .228

Gibson p 3 0 0 0 0 2 .130

Herrera ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .256

Totals 34 2 8 2 3 15

New York AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

Nimmo cf 4 0 0 0 0 0 .299

Lindor ss 4 0 1 0 0 2 .229

Alonso 1b 3 0 0 0 1 1 .261

Conforto rf 3 0 0 0 1 0 .223

Báez 2b 3 0 1 0 1 2 .264

Davis 3b 3 0 0 0 0 1 .295

Pillar ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .223

McNeil lf 3 2 2 1 0 0 .252

Nido c 3 1 1 0 0 2 .232

Hill p 1 0 1 0 0 0 .059

Smith ph 1 0 1 2 0 0 .246

Lugo p 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000

Villar 3b 1 0 0 0 0 1 .254

Totals 30 3 7 3 3 9

Philadelphia 100 010 000 — 2 8 0

New York 000 020 10x — 3 7 1

E — Nido (5). LOB — Philadelphia 10, New York 6. 2B — Realmuto (24), Segura (26), Nido (5), Smith (18). HR — McNeil (7), off Gibson. RBIs — Realmuto (65), Harper (80), Smith 2 (58), McNeil (34). SF — Harper.

DP — Philadelphia 1 (Gibson, Segura, Realmuto).

Philadelphia IP H R ER BB SO ERA

Gibson, L, 4-5 62/3 7 3 3 1 9 4.76

Bedrosian 11/3 0 0 0 2 0 4.37

New York IP H R ER BB SO ERA

Hill 42/3 6 2 2 1 7 3.88

Familia 1/3 0 0 0 0 1 3.86

May 1 0 0 0 0 3 3.68

Lugo 2/3 1 0 0 1 2 3.50

Loup, W, 6-0 11/3 1 0 0 1 1 1.00

Díaz, S, 30-36 1 0 0 0 0 1 3.62

T — 3:34. Att. — 24,832.

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