The Phillies staged a late rally, but it wasn’t enough as they lost, 5-4, to the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park on Friday night.
The Phils trailed, 5-1, entering the bottom of the ninth inning. They rallied for three runs, two on a double by Grady Sizemore. The Phils had the tying run on third when Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia struck out pinch-hitter Reid Brignac looking to end the game.
The Phillies are just 4-9 against the Mets this season, including 1-6 at home.
Starting pitching report
A.J. Burnett’s ERA in five starts since the All-Star break rose to 6.66 as he was tagged for 11 hits and five runs in six innings.
Two of Burnett’s last three starts have been losses to the Mets. In those two starts, he has pitched 11 innings and given up 19 hits and 12 earned runs.
Burnett is 6-12 with a 4.29 ERA in 25 starts.
Bartolo Colon (11-9) pitched eight innings of one-run ball to beat the Phillies for the second time in his last three starts. He scattered six hits, walked none and struck out six. He allowed just one run in 7 2/3 innings against the Phillies on July 28.
The victory was the 200th of Colon's career.
Mets lefty Dana Eveland failed to retire either batter he faced in the bottom of the ninth inning and both scored as the Phils’ started a rally that came up short.
At the plate
Marlon Byrd hit his team-high 22nd home run. He and Ryan Howard both took Colon to the centerfield wall in the fourth inning. Both balls were caught.
Chase Utley singled twice and doubled. Byrd also had three hits.
The Mets had six hits in the fourth inning en route to scoring four times against Burnett. Travis d’Arnaud homered in the fifth.
The Mets were 5 for 10 with runners in scoring position.
Roy Halladay kicked off Alumni Weekend by throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. The team paid tribute to him before the game (see story).
Charlie Manuel will be honored with a spot of the team’s Wall of Fame before Saturday night’s game. Cole Hamels (6-6, 2.42) will start the game against Mets’ right-hander Dillon Gee (4-4, 3.73). Manuel managed five NL East championship Phillies teams and the 2008 World Series championship team. Hamels was MVP of that World Series.