Jeff McNeil’s home run helps Mets avoid being swept again

The Mets’ most valuable player may not be Jacob deGrom, Pete Alonso or any of the other usual suspects. It might just be a relatively obscure left-handed reliever doing things that have never before happened in franchise history.

In recording four outs in the Mets’ 3-2 win over the Phillies on Sunday, which snapped a five-game losing streak, Aaron Loup did not simply earn the win in relief at Citi Field. He also lowered his ERA to 1.00, giving him a chance to become the first Met ever to finish a season with at least 20 innings pitched and a sub-1 ERA.

After escaping a jam of Seth Lugo’s making in the seventh, Loup retired three more batters in the eighth to build a bridge between starter Rich Hill and closer Edwin Díaz.

Loup earned the win thanks to Jeff McNeil, who hit a go-ahead homer in the bottom of the seventh, and Dominic Smith, who tied things with a two-run double in the fifth.