Williams collects first hit, but Mets trump Phillies

Philadelphia Phillies drop series opener vs. Mets
Ben Lively stumbled out of the gate with his command, surrendering four walks early but settled down to piece together a quality start. Unfortunately for the Philadelphia Phillies, Jacob deGrom was even more impressive.

deGrom struck out 12 over seven innings to win his fourth consecutive start and send the New York Mets to a 2-1 victory against the Phillies.

The first of only three hits deGrom allowed came on his 80th pitch, when centerfielder Curtis Granderson let a routine fly fall behind him with two outs in the fifth.

"Didn't see it," Granderson said. "Nothing else to say. Can't catch what you can't see."

Granderson and Travis d'Arnaud each had an RBI single for the Mets (37-42), who have won six of seven since getting swept in four games at Dodger Stadium.

The Phillies took advantage of Granderson's miscue as Kelly lined an RBI single to left on a 1-2 delivery, allowing Andrew Knapp to score from third.

Nick Williams, making his major league debut, slashed a single of deGrom in the seventh for his first major league hit. He was called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley earlier in the day to take the roster spot of Howie Kendrick who was placed on the disabled list with a hamstring issue.

"It was good to get it out of the way," Williams said. "I thought I'd be a lot more nervous. I felt comfortable right away."

Lively retired his final nine hitters after d'Arnaud grounded an RBI single through a drawn-in infield in the fourth. That scored Jose Reyes, who tripled just beyond the reach of center fielder Odubel Herrera as he tried to make a running catch at the right-center fence.

The two clubs continue the three-game set this afternoon as Jeremy Hellickson opposes Zach Wheeler.

For his career, Hellickson is 2-4 with 8.21 ERA against the Mets.
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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