The Mets lost their first series of the season after falling to the Phillies 7-3 tonight at Citizens Bank Park. It was a mostly ugly game for the Mets, featuring starting pitcher Jeremy Hefner getting shelled, a costly mental error by Daniel Murphy, and a 27-minute rain delay in the fourth inning just for kicks. On the bright side, Lucas Duda mashed a pair of long solo home runs and John Buck added a solo shot of his own, giving him five home runs on the season.
Like Dillon Gee on Tuesday night, Hefner lasted just three innings. He allowed five runs in the first inning, all of which scored via the home run. Chase Utley hit a two-run homer to center field and three batters later Domonic Brown hit a three-run shot. 5-0 Phillies, just like that.
Buck answered in the top of the second inning with a solo home run to left field off Kyle Kendrick, and Duda's shot in the fourth made it 5-2. It briefly looked like the Mets might make a game of it in the fifth inning; Ike Davis was batting with Jordany Valdespin on third base and Murphy on second base with one out. Ike hit a weak fly ball to center field which was deep enough to drive in Valdespin for a sacrifice fly. However, Murphy brainfarted and got doubled off second base to end the inning before Valdespin could touch home plate. Laynce Nix later hit a two-run home run off Latroy Hawkins in the sixth inning to seal it.
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