Mets takeaways from Friday's game two 2-1 loss to Phillies, including no run support for David Peterson

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David Peterson side angle delivering pitch home uniform Phillies
David Peterson side angle delivering pitch home uniform Phillies

The Mets tied the game in the bottom of the seventh to force extras, but the Phillies came away with a 2-1 win in eight innings to split Friday's doubleheader.

Here are the key takeaways ...

- Coming off of two strong starts, David Peterson was solid again on Friday night. The lefty allowed just one hit over his first four innings of work, a Rafael Marchan single in the third. He allowed another Marchan single in the fifth, but Peterson was terrific through his first five.

- In the bottom of the second inning, Albert Almora Jr. blasted a Matt Moore pitch to deep left, but Andrew McCutchen made a spectacular leaping catch to rob Almora of a would-be two-run homer. The play was reviewed to make sure the ball didn’t ricochet off the fence above the orange line, but replay confirmed that the catch was made to end the inning.

- As good as Peterson was, Moore was just as strong for Philadelphia. Making his first start since April due to a combination of poor performance, back spasms, and a COVID list stint, Moore kept the Mets off-balance, holding them scoreless and keeping the game tied through the first five innings.

- Bryce Harper finally broke the scoreless tie in the top of the sixth inning, as he launched a solo home run to right-center on a two-out, 0-2 pitch from Peterson to make it a 1-0 game. Peterson went six really strong innings, allowing just one run on three hits with five strikeouts and two walks.

The Mets got a man on in the bottom of the sixth on a Pete Alonso single, but game one hero Dom Smith bounced into a 1-6-3 double play to end the inning, keeping it a 1-0 game into the seventh.

- The Phillies turned to Archie Bradley to try to close things out in the seventh, and he was greeted right away by a Billy McKinney single. Luis Guillorme then hit a grounder off Alec Bohm's glove at third base on a would-be double play, giving the Mets two on with nobody out. Pinch-hitter Michael Conforto then walked to load the bases with nobody out.

Patrick Mazeika went down swinging for the first out, but pinch-hitter James McCann got enough of a fly ball to center for a sac fly to tie the game at one. Jeff McNeil then grounded out to send the game to extras.

- With Sean Reid-Foley in to pitch the eighth, the Mets had a couple of ground balls that they just couldn't handle. First Francisco Lindor momentarily bobbled a ball at short to allow Marchan to get to third, and then Guillorme made a great stab at third but bobbled the exchange, which allowed pinch-runner Travis Jankowski to score from third and make it a 2-1 Phillies' lead.

Hector Neris, who lost his closer job earlier in the day, was able to close the door in the bottom of the eighth.

Highlights

What's next

The Mets and Phillies meet again on Saturday afternoon. Jacob deGrom will face Zach Eflin with first pitch from Citi Field set for 4:10 p.m.