The Phillies absorbed an ugly, one-sided pounding in losing 14-4 to the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday night.
The Mets bruised Phillies pitching for 20 hits, 14 of which were for extra bases -- seven homers and seven doubles.
Yoenis Cespedes homered three times for the Mets, who have hit 46 homers in their last 21 games in Philadelphia. The Mets have won 28 of 40 games against the Phillies since the start of the 2015 season.
Phillies starting pitcher Clay Buchholz was tagged for six runs in his second start with the club. He exited in the third inning with a right forearm strain and will likely end up on the 10-day disabled list.
The Phillies are 3-5.
The Mets are 5-3.
Starting pitching report
Buchholz was ineffective for the second time in as many starts with his new club. He gave up eight hits and six runs before leaving with the arm injury in the third inning.
Buchholz's next turn in the rotation comes up Tuesday in New York. The Phils have several pitchers at Triple A who could fill that spot, including Zach Eflin and Jake Thompson, both of whom pitched in the majors last season. Eflin pitched five shutout innings for Lehigh Valley on Tuesday night. The Phils have been cautious with him because he had double knee surgery in the fall. Nick Pivetta and Ben Lively are also on the 40-man roster.
Hard-throwing Matt Harvey improved to 7-2 lifetime against the Phillies. He gave up two runs over 5 2/3 innings, walked one and struck out six. He exited with tightness in his right hamstring.
Adam Morgan was forced into early work when Buchholz left. The lefty was tagged for four homers in 3 2/3 innings. Morgan was optioned to Triple A immediately after the game.
At the plate
Maikel Franco smacked a solo homer for the Phillies.
Cespedes had a double in addition to his three homers. Lucas Duda had a pair of homers and Asdrubal Cabrera and Travis d'Arnaud also went deep for the Mets. Duda's first homer traveled 448 feet over the batter's eye in center.
On bat flips, etc.
Manager Pete Mackanin expressed his dislike of bat flips before the game. A bat flip from last season was at the root of some tension between the Phils and Mets on Monday night. Mackanin also addressed that.
The series concludes on Wednesday night with Vince Velasquez (0-1, 9.00) pitching against Mets right-hander Zach Wheeler (0-1, 11.25). The Phils are off on Thursday. They open a three-game series in Washington on Friday.