By Sam Bush
Jake Arrieta finally pitched a quality game.
And that was the foundation for the Phillies 5-3 win over the New York Mets.
Roman Quinn snapped a tie with a two-out, RBI single in the seventh as the Phillies won for the 10th time in 11 games.
Arrieta (3-4), who gave up seven runs in 1 1/3 innings against Atlanta on Sunday, allowed two runs and seven hits while walking one and striking out seven.
“As a starter, based on the way I threw last start — that’s a long four days, that’s a tough week,” Arrieta said.
It was the first time Arrieta pitched beyond the sixth inning, as well as the first time he struck out more than six, since May 25, 2019, when he allowed two runs and whiffed eight in eight innings in a win over Milwaukee.
Phillies starters have compiled a 3.29 ERA during their 10-1 run.
“It’s kind of an unsaid competition amongst the starters,” Arrieta said. “Because (Aaron) Nola does his thing, (Zack) Wheeler does his thing and we want to continue that.”
Jay Bruce and Didi Gregorius had early RBI to stake Arrieta to a 2-0 lead. Michael Conforto hit a tying, two-run homer in the fifth before Arrieta retired six of the final seven batters he faced. He entered the seventh inning having thrown a season-high 91 pitches but set down the Mets’ 7-8-9 batters on 11 pitches.
The Phillies put Arrieta in line for the win in the seventh. Jared Hughes (1-2) retired the first two batters he faced before Phil Gosselin doubled and scored on Quinn’s hit.
The Phillies added a pair of insurance runs in the eighth. Rhys Hoskins scored following an error by first baseman Dominic Smith on Jean Segura’s infield hit and Gregorius came home after Adam Haseley was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
Gosselin’s double was the only extra-base hit for the Phillies, who received a hit apiece from seven players.
“We won this game, but you don’t really think anyone had a big game,” Phillies manager Joe Girardi said. “It was a single here, stolen base, another single. It was contributions from up and down the lineup.”
The Mets within 5-3 in the bottom of the eighth an RBI single by Smith off Hector Neris. Tommy Hunter retired both batters he faced before Brandon Workman earned his fifth save for the Phillies, and his ninth overall, with a perfect ninth.
Rick Porcello allowed two runs over six innings for the Mets, who have lost six of eight. Smith and J.D. Davis had two hits, as did Gimenez, who turned 22 Friday.
“We’re five games under .500 and we’re not in first place,” Porcello said. “We don’t have a lot of time to climb out of that.”