It was David Buchanan‘s game through six innings. As he started his seventh, the game started to unravel.
It came completely undone on a three-run shot by Anthony Recker, propelling the Mets into the lead.
The margin would hold up as the Phillies attempted another ninth-inning rally that fell short, falling in Monday afternoon’s series finale against the Mets, 5-3, at Citizens Bank Park.
Buchanan and Jon Niese battled for three innings, matching each other’s performances. In the fourth, the Mets first two hits off Buchanan plated the first run of the game, an RBI single by David Wright.
The Phillies countered in their half of the fourth, as Darin Ruf hit a two-run home run to give the Phillies the lead.
Buchanan worked through the sixth with the lead before giving it up on an RBI double by Matt den Dekker following a lead-off walk to Juan Lagares.
That ended Buchanan’s afternoon with Justin De Fratus taking over. He allowed a single to Wilmer Flores before Recker came off the bench to belt a three-run home run to put the Mets in front.
Buchanan was charged with three runs on four hits in six-plus innings. He walked one and struck out five.
In the ninth, the Phillies attempted to trim the lead as Chase Utley came off the bench and appeared to hit a two-run home run. Upon review, it was ruled a double instead, plating just one run instead of two. Ben Revere, who was 2-for-5 on the day, flied out to center to end the game after Utley’s double.
The Phillies fell to 53-66 on the season, dropping three of four to the Mets in the series.
The Phillies hit the road for a two-game series with the Los Angeles Angels starting on Tuesday night. C.J. Wilson will start for the Angels. The Phillies have not yet announced a starter.
L: David Buchanan (6-6)
S: Juerys Familia (3)