Notes and quotes from Saturday’s loss

With yesterday’s 8-7 loss to the Phillies, the Mets fell back to 12 games under .500 and are now on pace for 96 losses in 2013.

In addition, the Mets fell to 12-13 in one-run games and 6-6 in such contests on the road.

Kevin Frandsen“There”s no moral victories in the big leagues,” David Wright said after the game. “There’s wins and losses. It’s cut and dry. Today sucked, but hopefully we play better tomorrow.”

The Mets rallied from six runs down to tie the game in the eighth inning on an RBI single in which David Wright scored all the way from first base.

“It worked out pretty good for about five minutes,” Wright said.

Dillon Gee took a no-decision, but after allowing six runs in five innings to the Phillies yesterday, he now has a 10.23 ERA against Philadelphia in three starts this season, and has allowed 18 hits, 12 earned runs and six home runs in only eight innings over two starts at Citizens Bank Park this year.

“It definitely stings to know that if I would have done just a little bit better, maybe we win this game,” Gee explained after yesterday’s loss. “Obviously this loss is totally on me, not anybody else.”

Ryan Howard hit two home runs against Dillon Gee; Howard improved to 7-for-15 with six home runs lifetime off of Gee, and four of his ten homers this season have come off Gee.

”That guy definitely has me,” Gee continued. “It seems like no matter where I throw, he hits it out of the ballpark. Hopefully I can do better for the team next time and we continue to win.”

With their loss to the Phillies yesterday, the Mets are now 13-21 against National League East opponents this season and have been outscored 134-160 in those games.

The bullpen worked three innings and allowed one run and four hits yesterday, although Carlos Torres took the loss in the ninth inning. However, in their last seven games, the bullpen has allowed just two earned runs in 24 innings over that span, improving their overall ERA to 4.31 for the year.

”It was a huge team effort,” Torres said after the game. “It was just unfortunate that pitch [to Kevin Frandsen] got away from me. I completely missed the location, and he hit it.”

The Mets will look to take a second consecutive series this afternoon in Philadelphia. Technically, it would be the first time since winning two consecutive series against the Yankees in late May; the last time the Mets won two consecutive series naturally was the first two series of the season against the Padres and Marlins.