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Aaron Altherr, Tommy Joseph, Freddy Galvis and Andrew Knapp picked up four consecutive hits against Syndergaard in the second as the Phillies took a 3-0 lead. Maikel Franco snapped a career-worst 0-for-22 slump in the third, ripping a double to left field to score a run as the Phillies built a 5-1 lead.

Franco's RBI double

But the Mets came back. Phillies right-hander Aaron Nola threw an 0-2 curveball in the third to Neil Walker, who ripped the ball to right-center field for a three-run home run to make it a one-run game. Syndergaard kept the game close from there, allowing seven hits, five runs (three earned) and striking out 10 in seven innings. But Fernando Salas allowed a solo homer to Franco in the eighth to give the Phillies a two-run lead.

Walker's three-run home run

The Phillies had lost each of their previous six series against the Mets, who fell to 43-20 against the Phillies since the beginning of the 2014 season.

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Mets miscues prove costly: A Jay Bruce error in the second inning and an Asdrubal Cabrera error in the third allowed the Phillies to score two unearned runs. Bruce fielded a Galvis infield single, flipping the ball between Syndergaard and second baseman Walker at first base. But nobody caught the ball, which allowed Galvis to reach second and Joseph to score. Odubel Herrera‘s ground ball to Cabrera in the third went between his legs. Herrera later scored on a fielder’s choice.

Bruce's error plates Joseph

Neris closes it: The Phillies opened the season with Jeanmar Gomez as their closer. Then they moved on to Joaquin Benoit. Then Hector Neris got the shot in the ninth, shutting the door on the Mets.

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Danny Knobler is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Mets on Thursday.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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