The Mets bullpen woes have come back to bite them in back-to-back losses to the Phillies.
After Wilmer Font blew a late-inning lead on Tuesday, Wednesday saw Seth Lugo waste a very strong outing from Jason Vargas, blowing a 4-1 seventh-inning lead in a game the Mets would lose 5-4 in 10 innings.
Vargas sailed through the first six innings, but after allowing a runner to reach third with one away, Callaway pulled him from the game. Lugo then allowed a ground-rule double to Cesar Hernandez to bring the Phillies within two runs.
Later in the inning, it looked like Lugo had found his way out, striking out Scott Kingery, but the ball bounced away from Tomas Nido, and the next batter, Jean Segura, delivered a two-run single to tie the game at 4-4.
"We got the big strikeout, but the ball just bounced away from us," Callaway said after the game. "We talked about a game of inches last night and here was another one today. We just couldn't keep it in front and that would have ended the inning, and we obviously held them from there, at that point."
The game would extend into the 10th inning, and after Edwin Diaz through a scoreless ninth, Callaway elected to go to Stephen Nogosek in the 10th. The right-hander allowed the first two Phillies to reach base, followed by a Jay Bruce walkoff hit to center field to give the Phillies their third straight win in the series.
"I gave all I had and tried to execute my pitches to the best of my ability," Nogosek said after the game. "Sometimes it doesn't work out, and tonight's one of those nights … I wouldn't change a thing, I'd throw the same pitches, and hopefully execute better next time."
The Mets are now 4-3 on their current road trip and are a season-worst seven games below .500. They'll look to salvage one game against the Phillies on Thursday afternoon.
"They all sting," said Callaway. "It's another one we have a lead with not many outs to go, and we just can't hold it. I think if we would have done that consistently all season, we'd be right there with everybody at the top. It hasn't happened but we're competing. It just stings every night."