PHILADELPHIA — Chris Bassitt’s scoreless streak is over, but his role in the Mets’ rotation is very intact.
The right-hander went 28 straight innings without conceding a deserved run before the Phillies dented him on Friday night, but he failed to break the Mets’ 7-2 win at Citizens Bank Park.
Bassitt threw six solid innings in which he conceded two runs — the first time in four starts this season against Philadelphia he has given up multiple runs — to continue a streak of dominance. Bassitt has gotten better as the season lengthened, and has a 2.11 ERA in his last 11 starts, eight of which the Mets have won.
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Before ending his 28-inning streak from July 29, the 33-year-old threw four more scoreless innings against the Phillies. He continued to allow baserunners but continued to dance his way out of jams. He stranded two baserunners in the second inning when he grounded Matt Vierling and two more in the fourth when the Phillies cornered runners with an out but couldn’t score. Bassitt beat Bryson Stott and got Jean Segura out.
Opposing sluggers are 19-to-101 (.188) with runners in goal position this season against Bassitt, who dropped his overall ERA to 3.26.
“I try not to overdo it in situations like this,” said Bassitt, who allowed seven hits and hit two batters with pitches but forced Philadelphia to keep seven on base. “I know I have a lot of pitches, so whatever I think you’re looking for, do the opposite.”
The Phillies finally caught up with him in the fifth inning when Mets killer Kyle Schwarber drilled a two-run single into the right center of a Bassitt four-seamer.
“Before that, I brought in Schwarber with a curveball and a slider. I really didn’t think he was looking for a fastball,” Bassitt said. “I took a shot there, obviously he made me pay for it.”
Starling Marte stole home with a double steal in the fifth inning, his second steal home this season. He is the first Mets player since Hubie Brooks in 1991 to steal twice in one season, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
Infielder Yolmer Sanchez, who the Mets were claiming from the Red Sox Thursday, was activated. Infielder Deven Marrero was designated for deployment.
Outfielder Nick Plummer, who had been DFA this week, cleared waivers and went straight to Triple-A Syracuse.
Kevin Parada, the Mets’ 11th overall pick last month, made his professional debut. The Georgia Tech catcher went 2-for-3 with a double, run scored and walk with the Florida Complex League Mets.