The Phillies spotted Cole Hamels an early, three-run lead. But in continuing with the theme of the season, the Phils' lefty could not hold on in a 4-3 loss to the Mets at the Bank on Friday night.
The Mets scored a run in the fourth, two more in the fifth and got the go-ahead run in the sixth on a two-out double from Juan Lagares to send Hamels to an inexplicable 2-11 record.
Nevertheless, unlike when the Phillies scored a pair of runs in the first on Wednesday night and then went hitless until the 11th inning in a loss to the Nats, the Phils had plenty of chances to overtake the Mets on Friday. They loaded the bases in the fifth and put a runner on base in every inning except for the eighth and ninth and came away with nothing.
All told the Phillies stranded 10 runners and went 4 for 12 with runners in scoring position.
The loss sent the Phillies to 35-39, eight games behind the Braves in the NL East.
In his first game since May 20, Chase Utley went 0 for 5 with a strikeout. returning from a strained oblique muscle, Utley went 0 for 9 in two rehab games for Double-A Reading. However, Utley said he felt completely healthy in the games for Reading.