PHILADELPHIA — So far, the future looks OK. With the Mets focusing the rest of this season on preparing the kids for next year, they got off to a solid start Friday. Rookie Amed Rosario knocked his first big-league home run, the go-ahead leadoff homer in the top of the ninth. Dominic Smith got a hit in his major-league debut and Michael Conforto continued to thrive in the cleanup spot as the Mets rallied to beat the Phillies 7-6 at Citizens Bank Park.
The Mets (52-61) won their second straight and their fifth straight over the Phillies (42-71) on the road . With home runs from Conforto and Yoenis Cespedes, the Mets continued their bombardment of this bandbox with 53 homers over their last 24 games here.
Rosario, with nine games big league experience on Smith, notched his first multi-hit game with two singles and the homer. He also scored three times.
“Even though I’ve had a bad couple of days, this really helps my confidence,” Rosario said. “I try not to think too much about what’s happened in the past. This really helps.”
Smith got his first hit, a ground ball up the middle into shallow center field for a single in the fourth inning.
Conforto hit his second home run in as many days and his fourth homer and his sixth RBI in his last six games. He has extended his career-high with 25 home runs this season and his 11th since the All-Star break.
PLAY OF THE GAME
Michael Conforto’s running catch of Rhys Hoskins’ fly ball, most impressive in that he avoided the charging Yoenis Cespedes to make the play.
Amed Rosario’s first big-league home run, a leadoff shot in the ninth to break a 6-6 tie.
STAR OF THE GAME
Amed Rosario had his first multi-hit game of his young major-league career, two singles and his first major-league home run. He scored three runs on the night.
STAT OF THE DAY
17The Mets have out-homered the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park 17-3 this season and now have 54 homers here since the beginning of the 2015 season.
Coming off a four-hit night, Neil Walker went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI Friday night.
Curtis Granderson went 0-for-5 Friday night and left four runners stranded.
Saturday at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.
LHP Steven Matz (2-5, 5.77) vs. RHP Aaron Nola (8-7, 3.12)
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