The Mets went back-and-forth with the Phillies for five innings but things dismantled in the fifth as Philadelphia scored seven runs in the fifth and sixth innings to hand the Mets a 13-7 loss. >> Box score
Five things to know from Monday's game
1) Steven Matz continues to struggle at Citizens Bank Park. The southpaw had his worst start since he last took the mound in Philadelphia on April 16 when he allowed six runs and failed to get out of the first inning. Matz went a little longer this time but the result was nearly the same. He gave up seven runs on 10 hits and three walks, including three home runs. It was the second straight start in which he has allowed at least five runs, something he had only done once in his previous nine.
2) Things did not get any better for the Mets when they brought in Brooks Pounders to relieve Matz. The right-hander allowed five runs on six hits in 1.2 innings, although he did not get help from his defense. With two outs and a one-run game in the fifth, Jean Segura lined a ball into right field but Jeff McNeil overran it, allowing the run to score and inning to continue. The following inning, Conforto misplayed a ball hit into center field by J.T. Realmuto, failing to cut it off, which resulted in a one-out triple and set the stage for a four-run inning.
3) The Mets showed some fight in the early innings. After digging themselves into a 4-2 hole, Todd Frazier and Wilson Ramos both hit solo home runs in the third inning to tie the game up at 4. Frazier finished 2-for-5 with two RBI while Ramos finished 3-for-4 with an RBI.
4) Michael Conforto was one of five Mets with a multi-hit night, going 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. He drove in the first run of the game with an RBI double in the first inning and then tied that game at 5 with an opposite field solo home run in the fifth. Conforto has 16 home runs on the season and three on this road trip.
5) Dom Smith got in on the home run barrage, too, belting a solo shot in the ninth inning, his fifth of the season. Of course, at that point the game was already out of hand and essentially over.
LHP Walker Lockett (0-1, 23.14 ERA) makes his second start of the season for the Mets while the Phillies send RHP Jake Arrieta (6-6, 4.12 ERA) to the mound at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m.