Rhys Hoskins picked up his first big-league hit in his fourth game Sunday, but poor baserunning from his teammates and two more home runs from the Mets did the Phillies in during a 6-2 loss.
Trailing 4-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning, the Phillies loaded the bases with no outs but managed just one run. Odubel Herrera, who otherwise had another nice offensive day, made a costly baserunning blunder by not paying attention to Freddy Galvis or third base coach Juan Samuel.
With nobody out and the sacks full, Nick Williams hit a fly ball to medium-deep center field, but Galvis faked a tag-up from third base. An unfocused Herrera ran to third with his head down and the Phillies had two men on third. Herrera was tagged out for an inexcusable double play.
The Phillies dropped three of four games to the Mets to fall to 43-72 on the season.
Since 2012, the Phils are 15-39 at home against the Mets, who have 55 home runs in their last 23 games at Citizens Bank Park.
Starting pitching report
Zach Eflin pitched pretty well most of the afternoon but the Mets' two most powerful lefties — Michael Conforto and Curtis Granderson — touched him up with two-run home runs.
Eflin allowed four runs on seven hits over 5⅓ innings with no walks and five strikeouts. He has a 5.76 ERA in 10 starts after posting a 5.54 ERA in 11 starts last season.
Mets right-hander Chris Flexen put 10 men on base and needed 98 pitches to complete five innings but allowed just two runs, lowering his ERA from 8.49 to 7.02.
Jesen Therrien came on in relief of Eflin and got two quick outs for his second straight scoreless outing.
Adam Morgan pitched two scoreless innings of relief. He's lowered his ERA from 6.43 to 5.35 over his last four appearances.
At the plate
Herrera had the baserunning blunder but once again, the good outweighed the bad. Herrera singled and walked twice, extending his hitting streak to 16 games, the longest single-season streak by a Phillie since Raul Ibanez hit in 18 straight in 2010.
We've outlined many times how hot Herrera has been since the beginning of June, but another promising development is his recent control of the strike zone. At the All-Star break, hitting coach Matt Stairs pushed him to walk more than he struck out in the second half. Since then, Herrera has 12 walks and 17 K's. Prior to the All-Star break, he had 16 walks and 84 K's.
Hoskins picked up his first big-league RBI in the first inning and his first hit in the fifth. Hoskins started his Phillies career 0 for 12, matching Chris Coste in 2006 for the longest hitless streak to start a Phils career since Lonnie Smith in 1978-79.
Hoskins also walked for the third time in four games.
Williams had a rough day, going 0 for 3 and leaving seven men on base.
Conforto and Granderson each stayed hot for the Mets.
In 31 career games against the Phillies, Conforto has hit .295 with a 1.040 OPS, seven doubles, nine homers and 25 RBIs.
Granderson, who could still be traded at some point this month, has been locked-in since mid-May. He's hit .284/.407/.597 since May 15 with 14 doubles, 15 home runs and 36 RBIs and it seems like nobody has noticed.
Yoenis Cespedes had the day off.
In the field
Reliever Edubray Ramos fielded a groundball from Asdrubal Cabrera in the seventh and threw it in the dirt to first base. Hoskins, in his first major-league start at first base, couldn't make the tough scoop.
The Phillies head to California for a seven-game road trip this week that includes three games in San Diego and four in San Francisco.
Monday, 10:10 p.m. — Jerad Eickhoff (3-7, 4.45) vs. LHP Travis Wood (2-4, 6.71)
Tuesday, 10:10 p.m. — TBA vs. Dinelson Lamet (6-4, 5.00)
Wednesday, 3:40 p.m. — Nick Pivetta vs. LHP Clayton Richard (5-12, 5.14)