PHILS THROW IT AWAY TO METS IN LONDON FINALE!

By Steven Kelly

Catcher Luis Torrens turned Nick Castellanos’ bases-loaded roller in front of the plate into a game-ending double play, and the New York Mets hung on to beat the Phillies 6-5 on Sunday for a split of their two-game London Series.

New York rallied from a 4-3 ninth-inning deficit against José Alvarado (1-3), who blew a save for the second time in 13 chances.

Castellanos tipped the ball in front of the plate, and Torrens grabbed it, stepped back on the plate for a forceout as pinch-runner Garrett Stubbs tried to slide home with the tying run. Torrens then threw to first, where Pete Alonso fell as he stretched for the final out, giving Smith his second save.

Pinch-hitter Dave Dahl had broken a 3-3 tie in the seventh with a home run off Dedniel Núñez for the Phillies, a major league-best 45-20. Philadelphia won Saturday’s opener 7-2 as Major League Baseball came to London for the third time.

Bohm grounded into a run-scoring double play with the bases loaded in the first, and Philadelphia opened a 3-0 lead in the fourth. Castellanos chugged around third on Edmundo Sosa’s double and scored when the relay throw bounced on the turf and just over the glove of Torrens, and Whit Merrifield followed with an RBI single off Jose Quintana.

 

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