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Rapid Reaction: Phillies 3, Mets 2 (11)

5/10/2014

NEW YORK -- The scoreless streak ended for the New York Mets. The frustration at the plate continued.

If anything, it got worse in a long and crazy 3-2, 11-inning loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday at Citi Field.

The Mets, who went their final 23 innings in Miami this week without scoring, managed a first-inning run and a game-tying run in the eighth Friday.

In between? Well, the Mets left 14 runners on base through the first eight innings. They went 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position through eight, the only hit being the Curtis Granderson double that broke the scoreless streak.

The Mets were saved, for a while, only by their partners in frustration, the Phillies. The Phils left 16 runners on base themselves, as the two teams threatened the major league record for most runners left on in a nine-inning game (30).

This one didn't end in nine, and extra innings did nothing to help the Mets' mood.

The Phillies finally won it in the 11th, when Chase Utley doubled off Carlos Torres, then scored on a double by ex-Met Marlon Byrd.

Mejia doesn't make it: If the Mets were hoping to see a sign that Jenrry Mejia can succeed as a starting pitcher, they didn't get it. Mejia, who had middle-inning trouble in his previous two starts, needed a career-high 101 pitches just to make it through 4 2/3 innings. Mejia faced 24 hitters, and 10 of them reached base.

Manager Terry Collins spoke before the game about how the Mets never planned on Mejia throwing more than about 150 innings this year (and probably more like 120-125). At this rate, though, the innings question might not be an issue. The bigger question is how many more so-so starts (if any) can Mejia afford before the Mets consider a change in the rotation?

Flores debuts: The Mets brought up Wilmer Flores from Triple-A hoping he could spark their struggling offense. He had two singles but also left five runners on base when he didn't deliver in the first and fifth.

As for Flores' defense, there wasn't much to talk about one way or the other. He made one routine play at shortstop. He made a diving stop on another play, but couldn't hold on to the ball and wasn't able to make a throw.

The streak ends: Granderson's double to right field brought home Daniel Murphy in the bottom of the first inning, but the Mets ended up leaving the bases loaded when Josh Satin struck out and Flores flied out to center field.

The 23-inning drought was the Mets' longest since 2010.

Rice returns: Left-hander Scott Rice, unavailable Tuesday and Wednesday because of back trouble, was back in the Mets bullpen Friday and appeared in the game in the eighth inning.

What's next: Some rain is in the forecast for Saturday night, but the Mets and Phillies will try to continue their three-game series with another 7:10 p.m. game. Dillon Gee (3-1, 2.51), who hasn't allowed a run in his past 16 innings, starts for the Mets. Right-hander Kyle Kendrick (0-3, 3.58) is the Phillies' scheduled starter.