Jason Vargas' first start against his former team didn't go the way he would have hoped.
Facing the Mets for the first time since the team traded him to the Phillies in late July, the left-hander was hit hard. Vargas allowed one run in the first, another in the third, and then things came unglued in the fifth.
After Wilson Ramos and Michael Conforto (who each drove in a run earlier in the game), got on base to lead off the fifth, Todd Frazier lined a double down the left-field line, scoring Ramos and moving Conforto to third. Joe Panik then followed with a double of his own, this time scoring two and putting the Mets up 5-1.
Panik would be the last batter Vargas would face on the afternoon. In 4.0 innings, Vargas allowed five earned runs on nine hits. The Mets also worked three walks off of the lefty, who hit Frazier with a pitch as well.
Vargas has not yet recorded a win in his five starts with the Phillies, and he left Friday's game in line for his second loss with the team.