Final Score: Phillies 9 Mets 4

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Shaun Marcum started for the Mets and he allowed three runs in four innings.

Robert Carson allowed five runs in the fifth inning – he allowed two home runs and a walk in the process.

LaTroy Hawkins allowed a run in the seventh inning, but Scott Rice pitched a scoreless inning of a relief.

David Wright had two hits and an RBI, Ike Davis drove in a run with a sacrifice fly, and Jordany Valdespin drove in a run with a fielders choice groundout.

John Buck hit his eighth home run of the season in the ninth inning – he now has 23 RBI this season, six short of Jeff Kent’s team record for the month of April with three games to go.

The Mets have lost four of their first five games against the Phillies this season.

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Michael Baron, Contributor

Marcum really didn’t pitch bad today. He struggled with his command a little and didn’t throw too quality strikes in the third inning, but all-in-all he did fine. He was on a limited pitch count which shortened his outing – I expect he will continue to be stretched out as he builds more arm strength and stamina.

Carson got absolutely rocked today. There’s not much else to say about that outing. He knocked the Mets out with his ineffectiveness today as the Phillies just creamed him right from the start. He allowed two home runs, the big blow being a three-run home run from Domonic Brown.nAll of his pitches were up over the plate and straight as an arrow. His outing the other day against Los Angeles didn’t go well either, and so if he intends to remain in the Mets bullpen, he’ll have to figure things out quickly.

As for the offense, they’ve been in a drought for the better part of a week. They’re not manufacturing runs, they’re not doing a good job of moving runners up and making productive outs, and they’re not scoring consistently as a result. They squandered two opportunities early to have some big innings, and that kind of set the tone at the plate for them this afternoon. Their ability to do the little things offensively is what made them successful for the first three weeks of the season, and something they’re going to have to get back to doing if they intend to remain relevant in the division.

The Mets will look to salvage the final game of this three-game series tomorrow afternoon at Citi Field, with Jon Niese facing Cole Hamels at 1:10 pm.