By Sam Bush

It’s on the second day of the merry month of May.

But after only 23 games, it is clear that the Phillies and their fans have to lower expectations.

The Mets are the clear beasts of the NL East.

And everyone else is playing for the wild card playoffs spots.

Dominic Smith went 4 for 4 with three RBI to back a shaky Max Scherzer, and the Mets beat the Phillies 10-6.

Scherzer (4-0) struck out his first five batters for the first time in his career and looked overpowering at times.

But he gave up two home runs to Mets nemesis Kyle Schwarber, and a solo shot to Bryce Harper on an 0-2 pitch.

“I thought we did a good job today with our at-bats off him,” Schwarber said. “I thought he had his good stuff out there.”

The three-time Cy Young Award winner remained unbeaten since joining the Mets on a $130 million, three-year contract. He is 15-0 — the longest winning streak of his career — in his last 24 regular-season starts since losing 3-0 to Milwaukee on May 30, 2021, with the Washington Nationals, who traded him to the Los Angeles Dodgers in late July.

With the score tied at 3 in the fifth, New York loaded the bases against starter Zach Eflin (1-2). The go-ahead run scored on J.T. Realmuto’s passed ball, and Smith’s two-run single up the middle made it 6-3.

Marte made a diving catch in right field to thwart a potential Phillies rally in the seventh, and an error by second baseman Jean Segura helped the Mets tack on three in the bottom half — including Marte’s two-run single.

Johan Camargo hit a two-run homer for Philadelphia off Yoan López with two outs in the ninth.

López threw inside to Schwarber, prompting the umpires to warn both benches, after Francisco Lindor was hit by a 93 mph in the eighth. López then plunked Alec Bohm with a 1-2 changeup, but was not ejected.


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