PHILADELPHIA — Tylor Megill offered his second straight scoreless start for the Mets, Brandon Nimmo homered and the Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 2-0, on Tuesday night.
Francisco Lindor had an RBI single for the Mets, who rallied from a four-run eighth-inning lead against Philadelphia on Monday night to snap a two-game skid.
Mets 2, Phillies 0 | Box score | game by game
Megill (2-0), who only earned a spot in the rotation when two-time NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom was sidelined with a shoulder problem while training for spring, looked like an ace again for 5 ⅓ innings.
After pitching five shutout innings to win on Day 1 in Washington, Megill edged Zack Wheeler (0-1).
Megill allowed just three hits, scored none and struck out five. The beefy 26-year-old right-hander allowed just six hits while striking out 11 without walks in his two starts.
Mets manager Buck Showalter lifted Megill in the sixth after Johan Camargo’s single and moved up to second on Simon Muzziotti’s sacrificial bunt.
Reliever Chasen Shreve grounded Kyle Schwarber and stoked JT Realmuto to hold a 1-0 lead.
Philadelphia threatened again in the seventh when Nick Castellanos doubled with one out, but Drew Smith knocked out Rhys Hoskins and Didi Gregorius much to the delight of the many Mets fans among the 26,045 in attendance at Citizens Bank Park.
Shreve and Smith combined to give up a hit in 2 ⅔ scoreless innings with four strikeouts.
Edwin Díaz struck out three in the ninth for his first save in the five-hitter combo. He fanned Hoskins with runners at first and second to end it.
Díaz, who finished seventh in the majors with 32 saves last season, joined the Mets on Tuesday after missing three days while on the bereavement list.
The Phillies defensive back helped the Mets earn a two-point cushion in the eighth.
A night after Alec Bohm made three errors at third base and then apologized after TV cameras caught him swearing, Camargo started there on Tuesday.
Camargo’s throw to second base after fielding Starling Marte’s runner in the eighth knocked second baseman Bryson Stott out of the sack. Stott recovered to force Nimmo but was unable to throw the first to complete the double play. Marte stole second and scored on Lindor’s single.
Bohm received a standing ovation before retiring as the batter in the eighth.
Castellini, also the team’s chief operating officer, is the son of Reds general manager Bob Castellini, the team’s majority owner since January 2006. Cincinnati has made the playoffs four times in 15 years, losing in the division series in 2010 and 2012, and the wildcard round in 2013 and 2020. During this period, the Reds finished with a winning record in just five seasons.
Speaking on WLW radio on Tuesday ahead of the team’s home opener, Phil Castellini was asked why a fan should trust him.
“Well, where are you going? Let’s start there. I mean, sell the team to who? said Castellini. “That’s the other thing – you want to have this debate? If you want to look, what would you do with this team to make it more profitable, make more money, be more competitive in the current economic system that this game exists? It would be to pick it up and move it somewhere else.
“And so be careful what you ask for. I think we’re doing the best we can with the resources we have. We are no happier with the results than the fans. I’m not sitting here saying everyone should be happy. I’m not polishing trophies in the office right now, and that’s what we’re here to do. But the bottom line is – and I think we had to change disciplines. We tried a lot of things that didn’t work. And they came so close to work and didn’t. No one should tell me it didn’t work. So I think we learned from those things. And believe me, (General Manager) Nick (Krall), he’s a guy on a mission. And it’s a bull in a Chinese store that has its way of doing it and that way is to grow yours and that’s exactly what it does.
During the offseason, the Reds traded former All-Star pitcher Sonny Gray, outfielder Jesse Winker, third baseman Eugenio Suárez, and reliever Amir Garrett.
After the Reds lost 10-5 to the Cleveland Guardians and fell to 2-3, Phil Castellini released a statement.
“I apologize to the Reds fans and regret the comments I made earlier today,” he said. “We love this city, we love this team and we love our fans. I understand how our fans feel and I’m sorry.