Things you should know about today's game...
1) Rafael Montero allowed four runs -- all in the second inning -- over a career-high 6 1/3 innings. The right-hander allowed eight hits and two walks with six strikeouts. Five of the hits came during Philadelphia's four-run second.
2) T.J. Rivera supplied the only offense for the Mets with a solo homer in the fifth, his fourth of the season and second in as many games. Matt Reynolds singled as a pinch-hitter in the eighth for New York's other hit.
3) Chasen Bradford allowed three runs in the eighth to give Philadelphia a six-run cushion.
News and notes...
The Mets lost for only the second time in nine games.
Through 81 games, New York is 38-43 (.469). They were 44-37 (.543) at the season's halfway point last year.
T.J. Rivera is batting .345 (20-for-58) with three doubles, three homers, seven runs scored and eight RBIs in his last 17 games.
Yoenis Cespedes went 0-for-3 and is hitting .160 (4-for-25) with five strikeouts and one walk over his last six games.
Curtis Granderson was held out of the starting lineup with hip tightness. Brandon Nimmo made his first start of the season in his place.
Highlights from the game...
The Mets (38-43) head back on the road to face the division-leading Nationals (47-34) at Nationals Park on Monday at 6 p.m. on SNY.
Steven Matz (2-1, 2.67 ERA, 1.07 WHIP) kicks off the three-game series after picking up his second win of the season in his last start. The southpaw blanked the Marlins for seven innings in the Mets' 8-0 win on Wednesday, the third time he has completed seven frames in four starts. Matz suffered his only defeat of the season against Washington when he allowed three runs in six innings on June 16.
Stephen Strasburg (9-2, 3.51 ERA 1.10 WHIP) looks to reach double digits in wins for the fourth consecutive season and the fifth time in his career. The right-hander surrendered two earned runs in seven innings while striking out 13 in a victory against the Cubs on Wednesday. Strasburg is 1-1 with a 3.65 ERA in two starts against the Mets this season.