The Phillies lost for the third time in four days against the New York Mets on Monday afternoon. Anthony Recker’s three-run home run broke a tie in the seventh and helped the Mets to a 5-3 win at Citizens Bank Park.
The Phillies are 5-11 against the Mets this season, including 2-8 at home.
Starting pitching report
David Buchanan allowed just one run through six innings and took a 2-1 lead into the seventh. He walked the first batter of the inning then surrendered a game-tying double to Matt den Dekker before exiting. Three more runs scored in the inning and Buchanan took the loss.
Mets’ lefty Jonathon Niese snapped a four-game losing streak for his sixth win. Niese had a 5.76 ERA in his previous four starts, but he held the Phillies in check and allowed just five hits and two runs over seven innings.
Justin De Fratus entered a tie game in the seventh with a man on base. He gave up a single and a three-run homer to Recker as the Mets took the lead.
De Fratus came into the game having retired 17 straight hitters over his previous six games.
Jeurys Familia got the final four outs for the save.
At the plate
Darin Ruf, who had not started five games in a row, got the call in left field and smacked a two-run home run to dead center in the fourth. It gave the Phils a 2-1 lead.
Chase Utley, who had three hits on Sunday, did not start. He doubled home a run as a pinch-hitter in the ninth.
Recker's home run against De Fratus came on a hanging, full-count slider.
In the field
Mets’ centerfielder Juan Lagares cut down Domonic Brown at the plate to end the seventh as Brown tried to score from second on Ben Revere’s hit up the middle.
The Phillies play a two-game interleague series against the Angels in Anaheim starting Tuesday night. The Phils have not named a starter for Tuesday night’s game. It could be Jerome Williams, who was claimed off waivers Sunday. Lefty C.J. Wilson (8-8, 4.82) will start for the Angels.
A.J. Burnett (6-12, 4.29) faces Jered Weaver (12-7, 3.68) on Wednesday night.
The Phillies are off Thursday before a weekend series in San Francisco.