PHILADELPHIA — Max Scherzer could finally throw with all his might now that his right hamstring was no longer bothering him.
It took him a little while to figure that out, but when he did, he turned to himself Cy Young.
Mets 9, Phillies 6 | Box score | game by game
Scherzer settled in after working on an early jam, Pete Alonso drove in five runs with a home run and two doubles, and the Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 9-6, on Wednesday. It took loading the bases in the first for Scherzer (2-0) to recalibrate how to throw on his right leg again, then he retired the next batter, forced a groundout and allowed a run and five hits with seven strikeouts in five innings. .
“I just wasn’t completely executing every pitch where it needed to be,” Scherzer said. “Luckily enough to be able to walk three in an inning to not have this spiral out of control and give up a bunch of points in this situation. It really set the tone and got our attack going.
Alonso and the rest of the Mets offense provided more than enough running support for the 37-year-old three-time Cy Young Award winner. Brandon Nimmo hit a solo home run against Aaron Nola in the third inning — the Mets’ first hit of the afternoon — before the middle drive started in the fourth-and-fifth.
“We did a great job pouring it all day,” said Alonso, who was again the designated hitter instead of his preferred first baseman. “We had great beats from one to nine, and that’s what it takes to win those tough division games.”
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Alonso’s first RBI double helped Nola out of the game. The right-hander also lost command in the fourth, walking a batter and hitting two more to charge the bases and get manager Joe Girardi’s hook. Nola (1-1) allowed three earned runs on three hits in 3 ⅓ innings.
The Mets also hit around the Phillies bullpen, which went five relievers deep after Nola’s short start and with a rest day ahead. Alonso drilled a three-run homer to right center in the sixth to make it 8-1 and close out Scherzer’s day after throwing 96 pitches.
“It was a big moment in the match that kind of gave us a head start, and luckily it was enough,” Alonso said. “Philly has a great offense. It’s a great team. They started coming back. But I feel like I succeeded like that for the team, it was huge.
Webb is dominant as Giants beat Padres
SAN FRANCISCO — Logan Webb threw four hits in eight innings and Luke Williams doubled at home the only runs he needed as the San Francisco Giants beat the San Diego Padres, 2-1, on Wednesday.
Webb (1-0), who became the Giants’ ace last season, allowed a run. He struck out 22 of the last 24 batters he faced, striking out seven and walking none.
Giants 2, Padres 1 | Box score | game by game
In his first two starts, Webb gave up just two runs in 14 innings.
Padres left-hander Sean Manaea (1-1) was also stingy, limiting San Francisco to two runs on six four-hit innings. But Williams’ two-run brace in the second erased a 1-0 San Diego lead and ended up being the decisive blow.
The Padres threatened in the ninth against Giants reliever Camilo Doval. Jake Cronenworth hit a field single with one out, Eric Hosmer walked with two out and Doval hit Jurickson Profar to load the bases.
But Doval hit pinch hitter Matt Beaty on off-speed pitch to close out his first save.
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