Aaron Nola continues to shine as Phillies top Mets

Ruben Hill
August 13, 2017

Since trading away their top power hitter the New York Mets have had an offensive breakthrough, something they will try to maintain Saturday in the third of four games at the Philadelphia Phillies. Their record improves to 43-72. But he gave up four hits in the inning - the only Phillies hits through the first seven frames - including consecutive two-out singles by Cesar Hernandez and Freddy Galvis.

Phillies prospect Rhys Hoskins is 0-for-6 with three strikeouts and two walks in two games since being called up from the minors, while Mets prospect Dominic Smith was 1-for-3 in his major-league debut Friday.

Hoby Milner got the first out of the ninth, and Luis Garcia got the final two outs for the save.

Nola (9-7) allowed just two hits, walked two and struck out eight. But the remainder of the Mets lineup was silent against Aaron Nola and the Phillies' bullpen - Amed Rosario had the team's only other hit.

Phillies center fielder Odubel Herrera extended his career-high hitting streak to 15 games. Infielder Jose Reyes started in his place at second base and batted second, going 0-for-4. Ricardo Pinto worked himself into trouble with a pair of walks, but blew a 98-mph fastball past Cespedes on an 0-2 pitch to finish the inning.

Maikel Franco went 1-4.

What more can you say about how great Aaron Nola has been?

In his last eight starts, Nola has a 1.72 ERA. The 24-year-old has given up 10 runs in nine innings over two career meetings with the Mets.

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