PHILS FLEX THEIR POWER AND THE NL EAST IS NOW ON NOTICE!

By Sam Bush

For all the bed-wetters in Phillies Nation who were complaining that their first week showed a lot of pitching and not much power, get a grip!

Alec Bohm and J.T. Realmuto hit three-run homers, Rhys Hoskins had a solo shot and the Phillies beat the New York Mets 8-2.

The Phillies took two of three from their division rivals after opening the season with a three-game sweep of three-time defending NL East champion Atlanta.

Phillies ace Aaron Nola lasted only four innings, pitching out of trouble the final two. He allowed one run and six hits, striking out five.

“He had to grind through,” Phillies manager Joe Girardi said. “His location and stuff wasn’t sharp but he found a way to get through four innings against a good lineup giving up only one run. That’s the mark of a good pitcher.”

Connor Brogdon (3-0) got five outs to earn his third win in six games. Three relievers pitched the final 3 1/3 innings.

New York starter David Peterson (0-1) surrendered six runs and seven hits in four innings.

Hoskins launched an opposite-field drive just over the right-field wall in the first. Bryce Harper lined the next pitch off the fence for a double. After Realmuto walked, Bohm blasted a fastball deep into the left-center field seats for a 4-0 lead.

Pete Alonso’s RBI single in the third cut it to 4-1 but Nola escaped further damage by striking out Dominic Smith and Jonathan Villar to leave runners on first and third.

Nola got out of another jam in the fourth, freezing Michael Conforto with a backdoor curve to leave the bases loaded. Before Conforto came up, Francisco Lindor took an 0-2 curve off his foot after ripping a liner down the right-field line that just hooked foul.

Realmuto connected on the first pitch thrown by reliever Jacob Barnes in the fifth, sending an opposite-field shot out to right to make it 7-1.

The Phillies hit two homers in the first five games before going deep three times against the Mets.

“I think the biggest thing is putting traffic on base and if you do that you’re going to score runs,” Girardi said. “Home runs do it quickly but on base is important for me.”

Lindor, the four-time All-Star shortstop acquired from Cleveland in the offseason and signed to a team-record, $341 million, 10-year contract extension last week, was 2 for 11 with one RBI in his first series with the Mets.

He was taunted by Philly fans with chants of “overrated” in his last at-bat

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