NEW YORK — The slumping Philadelphia Phillies came up empty during their first road series of the season — especially in the clutch.
Travis d’Arnaud homered after assuming David Wright’s spot in the lineup, Lucas Duda also went deep and the New York Mets defeated Philadelphia 6-1 on April 15 for a three-game sweep.
“We couldn’t come up with a drive to put up a crooked number. We had the opportunities but could not do it,” Manager Ryne Sandberg said.
Mets starter Jonathon Niese (1-0) pitched out of trouble for 6 1-3 innings and helped himself with a run-scoring single.
The left-hander worked around nine hits and two walks as the Phillies went 2-for-16 with runners in scoring position, leaving them 11 for 69 (.159) in those situations.
“It’s going to come. It’s still early. There’s no need for us to panic and knee-jerk reactions, but we need a big hit. I think that would help us out,” Cody Asche said.
Philadelphia has lost four in a row overall and 20 of its past 26 meetings with the NL East rival Mets.
Asche, on an early tear at the plate, had three hits and a walk. Rookie center fielder Odubel Herrera had three extra-base hits, including his first career triple.
“It’s kind of what I was hoping to see in the leadoff spot from him, going up there and swing and make some things happen,” Sandberg said. “It’s good to see him squaring up balls and really having some quality at-bats.”
Herrera opened the game with his three-bagger to right-center and scored on Chase Utley’s groundout, but that was all the Phillies could muster.
Jerome Williams (0-1) gave up five runs — four earned — and 10 hits in five innings. The journeyman right-hander was coming off a fine outing against Washington in his first start of the season.
“Just leaving the ball over the heart of the plate. I’m not going to have success doing that,” Williams said. “Ain’t no step back. I just will put this one behind me and move forward.”
Duda hit a long homer and an RBI double as the Mets won their fourth straight, matching their longest winning streak last year, a few hours after putting their captain on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring.
Wright was injured while stealing second base the night before and is expected back within three weeks.
In his absence, d’Arnaud was bumped up to second in the batting order for the first time in his career and broke a 1-all tie in the third with a leadoff shot down the left-field line.
“I look at today’s game as a very big game for us with the loss of David,” Mets Manager Terry Collins said. “I wanted to see how the guys came out. They came out this afternoon ready to go.”
Duda hit the first pitch in the fifth from Williams over the original wall in right-center that is 415 feet from home plate.
“Williams’ velocity seemed to be down. He was in the middle of the plate,” Sandberg said.
Juan Lagares had an RBI single, and the Mets got another run on a throwing error by Asche at third base.
(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball Writer)