Mets 5, Phillies 2: Ryan Howard gave the Phillies an early lead in the first inning with a two-run homer, but the Phillies couldn't tack on in Saturday's 5-2 loss. Kyle Kendrick pitched six shutout innings before running into trouble in the seventh. Chad Durbin allowed a run in two-thirds of an inning, but also allowed three of Kendrick's runners to score. Elsewhere, the Braves blanked the Nationals 5-0.
Lopes last season? First base coach and base-running guru Davey Lopes told Matt Gelb of the Inquirer that he is unsure whether he will return next season. Lopes, who is in his fourth year with the club, confirmed that he has been asked to stay on, but would not go into specifics on his future plans. Gelb also confirmed that all five field coaches, a group that apparently includes newly assigned hitting coach Greg Gross, have been asked to stay on for next season. "We would like to invite everybody back," Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. told Gelb. "We'll see how it goes." [Link]
Notes: The Phillies have been playing exceptional baseball, but could use a little more offense. Over their last five games, they've averaged under three runs. ... Charlie Manuel told reporters that Jimmy Rollins will be out until Monday at the earliest. ... Ed Wade is feasting on the Phillies' table scraps once again. The Astros claimed right-hander Cesar Carrillo off waivers from the Padres earlier this week. Carrillo, a former first-round pick, was picked up briefly picked up by the Phillies, but dropped to make room for Brian Bocock on the 40-man roster.