Cesar Hernandez

Phillies get 3 homers to beat Mets 6-2 on day Mackanin fired

PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Phillies are doing their best to make sure that Pete Mackanin's managerial tenure ends on a high note.

Maikel Franco, Jorge Alfaro and Cesar Hernandez all homered to support six strong innings from starter Ben Lively as the Phillies defeated the New York Mets 6-2 on Friday night.

Earlier in the day, the Phillies (65-95) announced that Mackanin would not return to the dugout in 2018. Mackanin was given a role as a senior advisor to general manager Matt Klentak.

"It has been difficult," Franco said. "He gave everything he had out there. He's a good person and a good manager."

Franco, who has been the subject...