Ryan Howard gave the fans a treat with a two-run home run in his penultimate game in a Phillies uniform, but that was the extent of the highlights Saturday afternoon as the Phils suffered a 5-3 loss to the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park.
With the victory, the Mets clinched a spot in the NL playoffs as a wild-card team.
The Phillies clinched their sixth straight loss and eighth in the last nine games.
They are 70-91 heading into the final day of the season.
Starting pitching report
Phil Klein worked four innings for the Phillies and gave up one run.
Mets starter Bartolo Colon went five innings and gave up just two runs. Both runs came on Howard’s homer in the fifth.
Patrick Schuster and David Hernandez gave up runs in the sixth as the Mets broke a 2-2 tie. Hernandez allowed a two-run homer and took the loss.
The Mets’ bullpen pitched four shutout innings. Jeurys Familia closed it out for his 51st save.
At the plate
Howard’s homer was his 25th of the season, tying him with Maikel Franco for the team lead. It was the 382nd homer of his career, tying him with Jim Rice and Frank Howard for 67th on the all-time list.
Howard has six doubles, 13 homers and 32 RBIs in 47 games since July 3.
Darin Ruf smacked a pinch-hit homer in the seventh inning.
The Mets scored single runs in the fourth and fifth innings. James Loney put them ahead for good with a two-run homer in the top if the sixth. It broke a 2-2 tie. Asdrubal Cabrera drove in an insurance run with a single in the top of the ninth.
The Phillies close out the season Sunday afternoon against the Mets. Jerad Eickhoff (11-14, 3.72) pitches for the Phillies. Noah Syndergaard (14-9, 2.60) is the Mets’ scheduled starter.
The game will start at 3:05. The Phillies will honor Howard at 2:30.