The right-hander has been arguably the best pitcher in the National League over the last seven weeks.

PHILADELPHIA – Phillies right-hander Aaron Nola continued to pitch like one of the best pitchers in baseball with another stellar seven innings in a 3-1 victory over the Mets.

In his last eight starts, Nola has a 1.72 ERA. He is the first Phillies pitcher since 1900 with 10 consecutive starts of at least six innings pitched and two runs allowed.

Just prior to the first pitch, the Mets removed second baseman Neil Walker from the starting lineup and replaced him with Jose Reyes as reports circulated Walker had been traded to the Brewers.

Walker latest to be traded

Nola allowed just one run in seven innings. Yoenis Cespedes homered off the right-hander in the fourth inning for the Mets’ only run. It was the 10th homer in Citizens Bank Park for Cespedes in 36 career games.

Nola (9-7) allowed just two hits, walked two and struck out eight.

He left six outs for the Phillies beleagured bullpen. Ricardo Pinto worked himself into trouble with a pair of walks, but blew a 98-mph fastball past Cespedes on an 0-2 pitch to finish the inning.

Hoby Milner and Luis Garcia combined to shut the door in the ninth after Tommy Joseph’s sacrifice fly in the eighth gave the Phillies an insurance run. The Mets were held to three hits overall.

Mets starter Steven Matz nearly matched or bettered Nola, taking a no-hitter into the fifth. But he gave up four hits in the inning – the only Phillies hits through the first seven frames – including consecutive two-out singles by Cesar Hernandez and Freddy Galvis.

Matz (2-6) left after 5 2/3 innings, allowing just the four hits with two walks, two runs and one strikeout.

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Source:: New Jersey Real -Time Sports

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