Final Score: Phillies 3 Mets 2

The Mets (66-82) lost to the Phillies (75-74) by the score of 3-2 tonight at Citi Field.

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Matt Harvey started for the Mets and he was brilliant for seven innings, allowing one run and one hit in seven innings – the one hit he allowed was a leadoff home run to Jimmy Rollins in the first inning.

With the Mets leading 2-1 with two outs in the ninth and Josh Edgin bidding for his first big league save, Ryan Howard hit a go-ahead, two run home run to give the Phillies the lead.

David Wright hit a go-ahead, solo home run off of Cole Hamels in the sixth inning.

Ruben Tejada had three hits and a run scored.

The Mets have now scored three runs or less in 15 consecutive home games, extending a franchise record.

The Mets lost for the 24th time in their last 28 games at Citi Field.

With the loss, the Mets have clinched their fourth consecutive losing season.

For a full recap and box score, check out SNY’s In-Game Live.

Michael Baron, Contributor

Why am I not surprised by the way that game ended? Nothing goes right for the Mets at all at this point – they just can’t get out of their own way. The Baseball Gods do not want the Mets to win at home again this season, obviously.

Just when Edgin was a strike away from his first save with nobody on, he walked Chase Utley and Howard woke up from his slumber to hit a clutch, two-run homer. The thing is, I liked Edgin in that spot in the ninth. He has closer stuff with a hard fastball and a great slider, and he was in against two lefties which, if he is to be on this team going forward, will need to figure out how to retire whether he’s the closer or not. It was a good test which didn’t end well for him or the team, unfortunately.

Now, for some good news…

That was one hell of a way for Harvey to end his season. He was throwing in the upper 90s with a razor blade slider in his final inning after passing the 100-pitch threshold. He is an impressive kid, hard headed (which I love), and a guy who most certainly can be an ace of this pitching staff. I’m sure he will find faults with his performance tonight, but that is part of his quest to be a winning pitcher and a winning player. What a treat it was to watch him in the big leagues this year. Harvey belongs, he proved he belongs – he is most definitely an exciting part of this franchise’s future.

W.B. Mason Post Game Extra

The Mets will look to take salvage the final game of their three-game series with the Phillies tomorrow night at Citi Field, with Jeremy Hefner facing Tyler Cloyd at 7:10 pm.