Roy Halladay had another alarmingly short and ineffective start in the Phillies’ 7-2 loss to the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park on Monday night.
The Phillies are 1-3 on their season-opening homestand and 2-5 on the season.
The attendance was 35,396. That was the smallest crowd at CBP since April 22, 2009 when the Phils drew 32,759 for a game against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Starting pitching report
Halladay failed to get an out in the fifth inning and was removed from the game at 99 pitches. He allowed six hits and seven runs as his ERA in two starts rose to 14.73. He has lasted just 3 1/3 and four innings in those two starts.
Halladay walked three, hit a batter and struck out three. He threw a first-pitch strike to just 11 of 22 batters.
Seven games into the season, Halladay and Cole Hamels are a combined 0-4 with a 12.50 ERA. They have allowed a total of 25 earned runs in 18 innings. They have combined to allow 27 hits, including seven home runs and 11 walks.
Matt Harvey, the Mets’ 24-year-old right-hander, followed up his 10-strikeout win over San Diego with seven innings of three-hit, one-run ball. He walked two and struck out nine.
Chad Durbin had another rough appearance as he allowed a two-out single that enabled two of Halladay’s runs to score in the fifth inning. In four games, Durbin has inherited seven runners. All seven have scored.
Lefty Josh Edgin pitched the final two innings for the Mets.
At the plate
The Phils had just four hits.
Jimmy Rollins doubled in the fourth and scored on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Howard. Erik Kratz entered the game late, had a double and scored on a groundout by Rollins.
John Buck had a three-run homer off Halladay in the second inning. Lucas Duda had a RBI single off Halladay in the third. Ruben Tejada smacked a two-out, two-run single off Durbin in the fifth.
Quintero gets start
Humberto Quintero got the start at catcher (see story).
Cliff Lee, coming off eight shutout innings against Atlanta in his first start, faces Mets right-hander Dillon Gee (0-1, 1.42) on Tuesday night.