Enyel De Los Santos won his major league debut, and the Philadelphia Phillies got home runs from Maikel Franco and Odubel Herrera in a 7-3 road victory over the Mets on Tuesday night.
Franco drove in four runs as the Phillies, who began the day tied with Atlanta atop the National League East, won for the 10th time in 13 games. Nick Williams had three hits and two R.B.I., and Rhys Hoskins also got three hits.
De Los Santos allowed three runs and five hits over six and a third effective innings. A 22-year-old right-hander, De Los Santos had been called up from Class AAA Lehigh Valley, where he was 9-3 with a 1.89 ERA in 16 starts. He was matched against another starter making his big league debut, Drew Gagnon of the Mets.
Staked to an early lead and armed with an unorthodox and deceptive slingshot delivery that Philadelphia Manager Gabe Kapler called a “crossfire,” De Los Santos (1-0) cruised for most of the night against a scuffling Mets lineup that has managed only eight runs over its last five games.
De Los Santos walked three and struck out six. He threw 94 pitches, 58 for strikes.
Acquired from San Diego in December for shortstop Freddy Galvis, De Los Santos was scheduled to pitch for the International League in the Class AAA All-Star Game on Wednesday before being called up. He was also chosen to play for the World Team in Sunday’s All-Star Futures Game.
It was the first time a Phillies starter had made his debut against another starter in his first outing since Sept. 25, 1944, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Back then, Charlie Ripple faced Charlie Gassaway of the Chicago Cubs at Shibe Park.
After striking out his first batter in a 1-2-3 first inning, Gagnon (0-1) ran into trouble in the second, allowing Franco’s three-run homer.