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Phillies SP Aaron Nola racks up 12 strikeouts in 5 innings, breaks tie with RBI double [VIDEO]

Nola struggled in his last outing for the Phillies, but looks locked in during a pivotal clash with the New York Mets.

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Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Aaron Nola pitches in the first inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field.
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Philadelphia Phillies SP Aaron Nola is lighting up the New York Mets from the mound Friday afternoon, but it was his bat that eventually broke a 0-0 tie.

Nola’s RBI double gave the Phillies a 1-0 lead against the Mets, who are currently leading the NL East. Philadelphia is five games back of New York in the standings.

Nola struggled in his last outing for the Phillies, giving up six runs on six hits in 2.1 innings. Philadelphia ultimately beat the San Francisco Giants 13-6, but Nola needed to respond against a division rival Friday. Through five innings, he has 12 strikeouts and has given up zero runs on two hits. UPDATE: Nola was pulled after one out in the sixth, finishing with 12 Ks, 2 hits, and 1 walk over 99 pitches.

On the season, Nola is 5-4 with a 4.22 ERA. If the Phillies don’t make up ground in the NL East during July, he could be a potential trade target for other contenders. Nola has two years remaining on a four-year, $45 million deal with the second year being a club option.