After scoring 21 runs and winning the first two games of the series, the Mets' bats fell silent in a 5-1 loss to the Phillies on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field.
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- The Mets had the bases loaded and one out in the first and runners at second and third with one out in the second but mustered one run on Curtis Granderson's sacrifice fly. New York had only three baserunners after the second inning.
- In his first Major League start, Robert Gsellman allowed one run on four hits through six innings before things fell apart in the seventh. He allowed three straight hits to open the inning to load the bases. Hansel Robles allowed a two-run double to A.J. Ellis and after intentional walking Freddy Galvis he plunked Peter Bourjos to force in another run. Cesar Hernandez capped the four-run frame with a sac fly off Jerry Blevins.
- Gsellman (1-1) was charged with four runs on seven hits and a walk with five strikeouts in six-plus frames.
- Yoenis Cespedes (quad) and Neil Walker (back) were both held out of the starting lineup. Asdrubal Cabrera (left knee soreness) left the game in the bottom of the first after singling.
To read the full AP recap and box score, click here.
Terry Collins on the Mets' inexperienced pitchers: "These guys are going to pitch at the Major League level. There's no better learning area than to pitch in a pennant race, and learn how to deal with the pressures and the stress of what you got to go out and do your job."
Collins on pushing through injuries: "I mean, you've just got to keep fighting. You've got to keep guys rested and try to keep them as healthy as they can be. And when they can't go, you've got to run someone else out there and hope they come through for you when you need them."
Collins on Gsellman: "He was cruising along. He made some pitches and got some ground balls. He had a pretty low pitch count…and I thought he was pitching pretty good. Unfortunately, he gave up the three hits."
Gsellman on his outing: "I just left some pitches elevated and they took advantage of it. You always take positives out of everything you do. I'll take the positives out of this for my next time out and hopefully we come out with the win."
News and notes…
- The Mets lost a chance to gain ground in the N.L. Wild Card chase. They remain 2.5 games behind the Cardinals and one back of the Marlins, who come to Citi Field for a four-game series beginning Monday.
- Jay Bruce singled in his first at-bat but struck out in his next three plate appearances. He's now fanned in seven of his last eight at-bats and is hitting .165 (14-for-85) with 26 strikeouts in 23 games as a Met.
- Robles did not retire a batter, allowed all three inherited runners to score and was charged with a run. He has surrendered runs in six of his last seven appearances.
The Mets (66-64) welcome the Marlins (67-63) to Citi Field for an important four-game series beginning on Monday at 7:10 p.m. ET on SNY. With Jacob deGrom's turn in the rotation being skipped, Rafael Montero (0-0, 11.57 ERA) will be recalled from Double-A Binghamton to make his first big league start since April 28, 2015. Miami starts the series off with ace Jose Fernandez (13-7, 2.91 ERA), who has never lost to New York in seven career starts.