WHAT IT MEANS: The “ReplaceMets” were no match for the “Phil-ins”
Rookie Michael Martinez, subbing for the injured Placido Polanco, clubbed his first career major-league home run -- a three-run shot off Mike Pelfrey in the fifth -- and Kyle Kendrick, thrust into the rotation due to an injury to Roy Oswalt, stymied the Mets for seven innings as Philadelphia took two of three from New York in Flushing.
Justin Turner represented the tying run at the plate after the Mets mounted an eighth-inning rally, but he struck out as Antonio Bastardo was able to strand the bases loaded and preserve his team's 8-4 lead.
The Mets (47-47) have now lost four of their last five games and fell 12 games back of the Phillies (59-35) in the division standings. They went 3-for-14 with runners in scoring position and left 11 men on base.
PELFTED: Pelfrey (5-9) was tagged with his fourth loss in his last five starts after surrendering four earned runs on six hits in five innings -- the big blow being Martinez’s three-run blast.
The 27-year-old right-hander gave up a run in the first, but settled down from there, at one point retiring eight straight.
Kendrick, however, ended that streak with a one-out single in the fifth. Jimmy Rollins followed with a single of his own and Martinez drove them both home, drilling a 2-0 93-mph four-seam fastball from Pelfrey over the wall in right. Martinez, who added a seventh-inning sacrifice fly, wound up with a career-high four RBIs.
WILLIE! Perhaps Terry Collins should put stuff in Carlos Beltran’s coffee more often (kidding).
With Beltran out for a second consecutive game with the flu, Collins inserted Willie Harris into the No. 3 hole because he was 5-for-16 career off Kendrick with two home runs and a triple.
Harris, who was hitting third for the first time since Apr. 22, 2010 when he was with Washington, made Collins look like a genius, going 2-for-3 with a double off the junk-balling right-hander. He finished 2-for-4 with a walk and a run scored.
On Saturday, Scott Hairston went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a homer and a career-high five RBIs in Beltran’s place. On Sunday, Hairston stayed hot, getting the Mets on the board with a pinch-hit RBI single to left in the seventh.
MURPH DOG: Daniel Murphy’s first-inning single gave him at least one hit in 19 of his last 21 games. Since May 21, Murphy is hitting .412 (35-for-85).
BAY WATCH: Jason Bay is slumping -- again. Sure the 32-year-old left fielder had two hits on Saturday, but he has just three hits in his last 30 at-bats dating back to July 6 (.100). He also dropped a line-drive for an error in the eighth.
BBEATO: Pedro Beato walked three batters in just 2/3 of an inning. He gave up three runs, but none of them were earned as a result of the Bay gaffe.
UP NEXT: The Mets make up a rainout with the Florida Marlins on Monday night at Citi Field. Chris Capuano (8-8, 4.12 ERA) goes for New York against Florida righty Clay Hensley (0-2, 3.60).