NEW YORK -- Cole Hamels was tagged for three runs in the first inning in the Phillies’ 5-4 loss to the New York Mets on Saturday afternoon.
The Phillies were behind, 5-2, with two outs in the ninth when Chase Utley made it a one-run game with a two-run homer off Bobby Parnell.
Parnell allowed a double to Domonic Brown after Utley's homer but retired Darin Ruf on a liner to second to end the game.
The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Phillies and prevented them from improving to two games over .500 for the first time this season. They are 49-49.
One day after going 7 for 10 with runners in scoring position in a 13-8 win over the Mets, the Phillies were 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position.
The Phillies are 6-15 in Hamels’ 21 starts.
Starting pitching report
Hamels (4-12) was not sharp. He needed 94 innings to get through five innings and left trailing, 4-2.
Hamels let a 1-0 lead get away in the bottom of the first. He faced eight batters in the frame, allowed three runs and threw 35 pitches. Hamels allowed three hits and two walks in the first inning. The game time temperature was 94 degrees and Hamels appeared to have problems with his grip because of perspiration in the first inning.
Hamels had entered the game on the heels of three strong outings in which he allowed just four earned runs in 23 innings. He walked just one and struck out 19 in those 23 innings.
Mets rookie right-hander Zack Wheeler threw 106 pitches and did not make it out of the fifth inning. However, he was able to exit with the lead, thanks mostly to his holding the Phils to just a run after they had loaded the bases with no outs in the fifth.
J.C. Ramirez walked the No. 8 hitter in the seventh and the Mets turned that into their fifth run.
Luis Garcia pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings. He has not allowed a run in 5 2/3 innings with the club.
Gonzalez Germen earned the win, his first in the majors. Parnell survived the ninth and got the save.
At the plate
Jimmy Rollins smacked his 45th career leadoff home run in the first inning to give the Phils an early lead.
The homer was Rollins’ first since May 31. He had gone 161 at-bats without a home, the fifth-longest homer-less streak of his career.
Juan Lagares had three hits and an RBI for the Mets. Daniel Murphy and Marlon Byrd both had two hits and an RBI.
Excellent pitching matchup in the series finale Sunday afternoon with Cliff Lee (10-3, 2.86) taking on Matt Harvey (7-2, 2.35).