The enigmatic lefty contained the anemic Phillies, allowing two earned runs on four hits and two walks over 5 ²/₃ innings in the Mets' 3-1 loss at Citizens Bank Park that snapped the team's two-game winning streak.
Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes crushed the only bad pitch from Nola, a 2-1 curveball, deep over the left field fence to give NY a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning. NY improved to 33-15 at Citizens Bank Park since the start of the 2015 season, which includes wins in all five meetings at Philadelphia this year. 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.
He left six outs for the Phillies beleagured bullpen.
The Mets threatened to get on the board first in the top of the third inning. Right fielder Jay Bruce, who led the Mets with 29 home runs, was shipped to Cleveland earlier in the week as NY struggled for consistent offense while wrapping up a homestand, but the club has erupted for 17 runs while taking the first two games in Philadelphia. Phillies prospect Rhys Hoskins is 0-for-6 with three strikeouts and two walks in two games since being called up from the minors, while Mets prospect Dominic Smith was 1-for-3 in his major-league debut Friday.
Mets second baseman Neil Walker was traded before the start of the game to the Milwaukee Brewers.
Steven Matz (2-6, 5.54 ERA) tossed 5 2/3 innings for NY, striking out one and surrendering two runs, both earned, in the bottom of the fifth inning.
NOTES: As a Met, 3B Asdrubal Cabrera is hitting.366 (41-for-112) with eight home runs against the Phillies.