Conforto’s HR lifts the Mets

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Michael Conforto hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning off Phillies closer Hector Neris and the New York Mets rallied to beat Philadelphia, 3-1, on Friday night.

Phillies starter Jake Arrieta allowed five hits over 7 1/3 scoreless innings and they led 1-0 until Neris allowed a one-out single, Conforto’s third homer and a homer to Devin Mesoraco on the next pitch. It was the second blown save for Neris (1-3) in six days, both costing Arrieta a victory.

Odubel Herrera extended his on-base streak to 40 games with a first-inning home run for the Phillies, who had won four straight.

It was only the Mets’ second win in 10 games and came in improbable fashion in their first game since an embarrassing gaffe in Wednesday’s loss to Cincinnati in which they batted out of order, squashing a first-inning rally.

“I was surprised when the sun came up,” manager Mickey Callaway said before the game.

Callaway said he told the players he “messed up, big time,” held a pregame meeting with the coaches and staff and tinkered the pregame procedures.

“The thing you try to do now is make sure it doesn’t happen again,” Mets assistant general manager John Ricco said.

Jeurys Familia (2-1) worked a perfect ninth for the Mets, who had scored two or fewer runs in seven of their previous nine games.

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