NEW YORK – In a matchup of all-stars, Matt Harvey outpitched Cliff Lee on Sunday afternoon as the Phillies suffered a 5-0 loss to the New York Mets at Citi Field.
It was the eighth time this season that the Phils have been shut out.
This was a damaging loss for the Phillies, who desperately need to win series. They lost two of three to the Mets (Cole Hamels lost Saturday), ending a stretch of four straight series wins.
The loss dropped the Phillies back under the .500 mark as they get ready for three games against a St. Louis Cardinals club that has the best record in the majors.
Starting pitching report
Lee (10-4) once again had trouble keeping the ball in the yard as he lost for the second straight outing. He allowed five runs – all on home runs – over six innings. Lee gave up three homers. He allowed four in his previous start, a loss against Washington.
Harvey (8-2) overpowered Phillies hitters with a 99 mph fastball and kept them off-balance with an 88-90 mph changeup. He allowed just three hits, walked none and struck out 10. The right-hander has beaten the Phils three times this season and is 4-0 with a 1.08 ERA in five career starts against them.
Antonio Bastardo and Jonathan Papelbon got work for the Phillies.
Scott Atchison got the final six outs for the Mets.
At the plate
Harvey did not give up a hit until Chase Utley singled with one out in the fourth. Michael Young and Delmon Young had the Phillies’ other hits against Harvey.
The Phils had just four hits on the day.
Phillies hitters struck out 12 times. Domonic Brown struck out four times.
David Wright and Marlon Byrd belted back-to-back homers against Lee in the first inning. Juan Lagares smacked a three-run homer with two-outs in the fourth to give the Mets a 5-0 lead.
Wright has 30 career homers against the Phillies.
Trade deadline update
Are the Phillies buyers or sellers? GM Ruben Amaro Jr. discussed the subject before the game (see story).
Roy Halladay took an important step in his recovery from shoulder surgery on Sunday (see story).
The Phillies are off Monday. The road trip continues Tuesday night with the first of three games at St. Louis. Pitching matchups:
Tuesday night – RH Jonathan Pettibone (5-3, 3.89) vs. RH Shelby Miller (9-6. 2.92)
Wednesday night – LH John Lannan (2-3, 3.76) vs. RH Jake Westbrook (6-4, 2.88)
Thursday night – RH Kyle Kendrick (9-6, 3.94) vs. RH Lance Lynn (11-5, 4.13)