Dillon Gee started for the Mets and he got shelled for six runs in five innings, including two home runs to Ryan Howard and one to Michael Young - Howard is now 7-for-15 with six home runs in his career against Gee.
Carlos Torres allowed a leadoff home run to Kevin Frandsen in the ninth inning to win the game for the Phillies.
Greg Burke allowed a run in the sixth inning thanks to two stolen bases by Ben Revere and a throwing error by John Buck.
Josh Edgin pitched a scoreless seventh inning, and David Aardsma relieved Scott Rice in the eighth inning, both of whom combined for a scoreless inning of relief.
The Mets scored four runs in the seventh inning thanks to a two-run, opposite field double by Eric Young, an RBI single by Omar Quintanilla, and an RBI ground out by Jordany Valdespin.
Valdespin also homered against Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth inning, and David Wright scored all the way from first base on Daniel Murphy's opposite field single to tie the game.
For a full recap and box score, check out SNY.TV.
Losses suck, but I appreciate the effort the Mets put forth today. Despite Gee's poor outing, the Mets showed some character, which has been in line with their overall effort during the last week. They didn't hang their heads and give up; they fought back and took it to the Phillies dreadful bullpen, but unfortunately came up a run short. The Mets have had plenty of uninspiring losses which started out exactly like today's game, but they made it a game today and gave it 100 percent, and as a fan, I expect this kind of effort day in and day out regardless of the result.
Perhaps the next time Gee is scheduled to face the Phillies, Terry Collins should give Gee those days off. This team has killed Gee all year long, and both Howard and Young absolutely own him in particular. It's just a bad matchup for Gee, especially in Philadelphia where it's been just a blood bath for him over his last four starts: 17 1/3 innings, 35 hits, seven home runs. It's a shame because Gee has been immaculate on the mound lately, and this kind of slows his positive momentum.
Including Torres who allowed the game winner today, the bullpen has been quietly good recently, headlined by David Aardsma's scoreless streak of eight consecutive appearances. They've been throwing strikes and working the inside part of the plate in particular. For a team which doesn't have a lot of live arms down there, it's essential they keep the opposition from extended their arms. This group has done a good job in doing so, and they've been able to keep these games close and have given the team a chance.W.B. Mason Post Game Extrahttp://web.sny.tv/media/video.jsp?content_id=28268201&topic_id=6261270&tcid=vpp_copy_28268201&v=3
The Mets will look to take the rubber game of their three-game series against the Phillies tomorrow afternoon at Citizens Bank Park with Matt Harvey facing John Lannan at 1:35 pm.