Result: The Mets dropped the second game of their series with Philadelphia after the Phillies’ offense exploded in the middle innings.
Need to Know: In his first start since attending his mother’s funeral, Bartolo Colon cruised through four innings, allowing just one baserunner on a third-inning double. Things unraveled from there, as Marlon Byrd led off the fifth with a home run and Colon allowed singles to six of the first seven batters he faced in the sixth before getting pulled. His final line was 5 1/3 innings, nine hits and six runs allowed. Matt den Dekker had the Mets’ lone hit through six innings and finished 2-for-4, registering his third multi-hit game of August. Dilson Herrera picked up his first Major League hit, a single between shortstop and third base to load the bases in the seventh. Wilmer Flores plated a run shortly thereafter with an RBI single.
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What’s Next: Dillon Gee (5-6, 3.77 ERA) will take the mound for the Mets in Sunday’s rubber match as New York tries to win its first series since a four-game set with the Phillies in early August. Gee will face off against A.J. Burnett (7-14, 4.30 ERA), who is tied for second in MLB with 14 losses.