Philadelphia-The New York Mets (56-62) squandered a 6-1 lead against the Philadelphia Phillies (53-65) on Sunday. The Mets lead was cut from 6-1 in the bottom of the sixth to 6-5 heading into the bottom of the ninth. Jenrry Mejia (L, 5-5), who has been dealing with a sore calf of late, blew the save in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Phillies walked off with a 7-6 win over the Mets.
The Mets grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on an RBI single from David Wright. The Phils were able to answer right back in the bottom of the frame when Chase Utley smacked a solo homer off of Mets' starter Zack Wheeler. Utley's 11th long ball of the year tied the game at one. The Mets got the lead back in the top of the second on a sacrifice fly from Daniel Murphy, and Juan Lagares added a two run triple in the third to put New York up 4-1. Back to back home runs in the fifth by Lucas Duda (21) and Travis d'Arnaud (9) off of Phillies' starter Kyle Kendrick put the Mets up 6-1.
The Mets maintained that 6-1 lead until the bottom of the sixth, when Wheeler was tiring after a rough 14 pitch at bat from Jimmy Rollins. Wheeler got Rollins out, but put two men on ahead of a bases clearing double from Domonic Brown, cutting the Mets lead to 6-3. Wheeler departed after six, and Vic Black came on for the Mets. Black got the first two men out before giving up consecutive singles to Ben Revere and Rollins. Chase Utley then delivered a two run triple to cut the Mets' lead to 5-1. Josh Edgin came on to get out of the jam, and pitched a scoreless eighth to set up Jenrry Mejia for a save chance.
Cody Asche greeted Mejia rudely with a double, and pinch hitter Marlon Byrd tied the game with an RBI single. Mejia then got two men out before Byrd stole second base. Mejia then intentionally walked Chase Utley to get to the slumping Ryan Howard. Howard made the Mets pay by delivering the game winning single and sealing the Phillies' comeback win.
Player of the Game:
Today's Player of the Game Award goes to Phillies' second baseman Chase Utley, who went 3 for 4 with two runs scored and three RBI's. Utley finished a double shy of the cycle.
Post Game Notes:
- Ken Giles (W, 1-0) pitched a scoreless top of the ninth to pick up his first win of the season.
- Mejia told reporters after the game that he is also dealing with a hernia injury in addition to the calf problem. Mejia said he was diagnosed with the hernia three weeks ago and received pain medication for it recently.
- Five different Mets recorded two hits today, including the newly promoted Matt den Dekker.
- The Mets have suffered 11 walk off losses this season. No other team has suffered more than eight.
- With the Mets being short in the bullpen right now, Carlos Torres may have to pitch tomorrow if Jonathon Niese can't give them length. If he does, Torres is out of contention for the spot start needed on Tuesday to fill in for Jacob deGrom.
The Mets and Phillies will wrap up their four game series tomorrow afternoon at Citizen's Bank Park. Jonathon Niese (5-8, 3.51 ERA) and David Buchanan (6-5, 4.39 ERA) will be on the mound in the pitching matchup. First pitch at Citizen's Bank Park is scheduled for 1:05 pm.
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