The Phillies came back from the All-Star break on Friday night and were beaten, 5-3, by the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park.
The Mets have won 21 of their last 28 games in Philadelphia, dating to June 2013.
The Phillies averaged 5.73 runs per game over their final 16 games before the break, but scored just three unearned runs in this game.
Starting pitching report
Jeremy Hellickson (6-7) gave up four runs, all on a pair of homers. He allowed seven hits over six innings, walked none and struck out five.
Mets starter Bartolo Colon was perfect through the first 4 1/3 innings. He gave up three unearned runs in the sixth inning.
Edubray Ramos got two big strikeouts with runners on base in the seventh to keep the Phils’ deficit at two runs.
Daniel Stumpf recorded two outs in his first appearance since returning from an 80-game suspension for testing positive for PEDs.
The Mets’ bullpen pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings. Addison Reed pitched 1 1/3 innings and Jeurys Familia earned his NL-leading 32nd save.
At the plate
The Phillies sent eight men to the plate in scoring three unearned runs in the sixth inning. Peter Bourjos followed a Mets’ error with an RBI triple. Maikel Franco drove in his 53rd run with a groundout and Cody Asche had an RBI single.
The Phils had just five hits. Only one was for extra bases.
The Mets scored their first four runs on homers against Hellickson. Juan Lagares smacked a solo homer in the second and Neil Walker hit a three-run shot in the sixth. Four of Walker’s 16 homers this season have come against the Phillies.
Asdrubal Cabrera had three hits for the Mets.
The series continues on Saturday night. Jerad Eickhoff (6-10, 3.80) pitches for the Phillies against right-hander Logan Verrett (3-6, 4.34).
Right-hander Zach Eflin (2-2, 4.08) pitches against righty Jacob deGrom (5-4, 2.61) in the series finale on Sunday afternoon.