NEW YORK — Wilmer Flores walked ’em off again, connecting for a pinch-hit homer in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the New York Mets a 4-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies in the opener of a twinight doubleheader Monday.
Asdrubal Cabrera also went deep for the Mets and hit an RBI double off the top of the right-centre fence.
In the makeup of an April 2 game postponed by snow, Flores led off the 10th and nearly was hit on the arm by a pitch. In fact, he started toward first base and motioned toward the New York dugout to ask for a replay review when plate umpire Tom Hallion called ball three.
The call stood following the review — but Flores did one better. He drove the next delivery from Victor Arano (1-1) off the left-field foul pole for his fourth career game-ending homer and second this season.
That gave Flores 10 career walk-off RBIs, breaking a tie with David Wright for the most in Mets history.
Smiling teammates hopped over the dugout railing and swarmed Flores at home plate.
Maikel Franco homered and Nick Williams had three hits for the Phillies, who stranded 12 runners and lost for only the third time in 11 games.
Tim Peterson (2-1) pitched out of trouble in the 10th, and Robert Gsellman also escaped a big jam for New York. He entered with one out in the eighth after Seth Lugo walked the bases loaded, but Gsellman whiffed pinch-hitter Jesmuel Valentin and retired Cesar Hernandez on a grounder.
Cabrera hit a solo homer in the first and an RBI double in the third. New York also was handed a run when Phillies centre fielder Odubel Herrera overran Jose Bautista’s single for an error, allowing Brandon Nimmo to score from first.
Williams and Rhys Hoskins each had a two-out RBI single off Mets starter Zack Wheeler in the first two innings. Franco tied the score at 3 with his 11th homer in the fourth.
Wheeler gave up seven hits and struck out eight in 4 2/3 innings. All three of his walks were to Carlos Santana.
Despite pitching pretty well lately, the right-hander is 0-5 in 13 starts since his last win April 29 at San Diego. That’s the longest stretch without a victory for a Mets starter since 1998.
Phillies starter Zach Eflin gave up three runs and five hits in five innings. He was 6-0 with a 1.91 ERA in his previous six starts.
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