NEW YORK -- Jay Bruce singlehandedly beat the Phillies on Wednesday night. The New York Mets' right-fielder hit a pair of home runs and drove in all of his team's runs in a 5-4 win over the Phils at Citi Field.
Bruce put his team up 3-2 with a three-run shot off Vince Velasquez in the sixth. Two innings later, he broke a 3-3 tie with a two-run shot against Edubray Ramos.
Bruce has six homers on the season, four against the Phillies.
The Mets are 30-13 against the Phils since the start of 2015. They have out-homered the Phils, 81-35, since the start of 2015.
Starting pitching report
Velasquez survived traffic on the bases in the first two innings and turned in 1-2-3 innings in the third, fourth and fifth innings. He took a shutout into the sixth inning and that's where the walls came tumbling down. He allowed four hits and a walk in the inning and the Mets took the lead on the three-run homer by Bruce.
Mets starter Robert Gsellman pitched into the eighth inning. He gave up three runs on six hits and a walk. He struck out seven. Gsellman faced one batter in the eighth. That was Aaron Altherr, who doubled and scored the tying run.
The Phillies have scored six runs in the eighth inning the last four games, three times to tie the game and once to take the lead.
Ramos took the loss. He gave up a leadoff single to Yoenis Cespedes in the eighth, then the two-run homer to Bruce on a 94-mph fastball down the middle.
Addison Reed survived a run in the ninth and got the save for the Mets.
At the plate
The Phils scored single runs in the fourth and fifth innings on an RBI ground out by Maikel Franco and an RBI single by Velasquez.
The Phils tied the game in the eighth on a leadoff double by Altherr and a two-out single by Michael Saunders. They cut the Mets' lead to 5-4 in the ninth on a triple by Freddy Galvis and a sacrifice fly by Daniel Nava.
Franco is hitless in his last 21 at-bats.
Bruce has 11 RBIs in five games against the Phils this season.
In the field
Rightfielder Saunders and first baseman Tommy Joseph combined on a 9-3-2 relay to the plate to cut a run in the first inning.
Third baseman Franco collided with Velasquez on a pop up in the sixth and the ball dropped in. Franco was charged with an error. He had called the ball. Velasquez should have cleared out.
The Phillies added their second rookie pitcher in 24 hours when Ben Lively was called up to replace reliever Pat Neshek, who was placed on paternity leave. Neshek could be gone for three days. On Tuesday, the Phils added Mark Leiter Jr. Coming to the majors is a dream come true for both pitchers (see story).
The series concludes on Thursday night with Aaron Nola (1-0, 3.27) opposing Mets' fireballer Noah Syndergaard (1-0, 0.95).