Kodai Senga turned in the best start of his Major League career, and the offense did just enough as the New York Mets blanked the Philadelphia Phillies, 2-0, in the series opener on Tuesday night at Citi Field.
Senga was nearly unhittable as he allowed one hit, a bloop single, over seven brilliant innings while striking out nine batters.
The only offense came in the fourth and seventh innings. Francisco Lindor smashed his 10th home run of the season, and Eduardo Escobar plated a run with an infield single.
Adam Ottavino and David Robertson tossed scoreless frames to secure the shutout victory.
The Mets will try to take the first two games of this three-game series on Wednesday when they send righty Carlos Carrasco to the mound. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m.