The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Nola was an All-Star in every facet of the game Monday.
The ace right-hander allowed one hit in seven shutout innings and lashed a three-run double that sent the Philadelphia Phillies past the New York Mets 3-1 for a split of their twinight doubleheader.
One night after being named to his first All-Star team, Nola (12-2) struck out 10 and won his sixth straight decision to become the only 12-game winner in the National League. With his teammates scuffling at the plate, he took care of the offense himself by doubling his career RBI total in the fifth.
So, was Nola more proud of his pitching or his clutch hit?
“I guess the seven innings on the mound, but more shocked about the bases-clearing double,” he said. “I definitely wanted to win a little more today.”
In the opener, Wilmer Flores provided another walk-off win when he connected for a pinch-hit homer in the bottom of the 10th to give New York a 4-3 victory.
The teams combined for just four hits in the nightcap, two by Flores. After Flores’ RBI double off Tommy Hunter with two outs in the ninth, Victor Arano struck out pinch-hitter Devin Mesoraco with runners at the corners for his third save .
Arano served up Flores’ decisive homer in the first game.
Philadelphia, tied with Atlanta atop the NL East, won for the ninth time in 12 games. New York has lost 18 of its past 22 at home.
Mets rookie starter Corey Oswalt (0-2) retired his first 12 batters, striking out six, before running into trouble in the fifth. He issued consecutive walks on full-count pitches to begin the inning, then got two outs before Maikel Franco was intentionally walked to load the bases.