WHAT IT MEANS: Facing call-up Vance Worley with Joe Blanton landing on the disabled list with elbow trouble, the Mets missed their most manageable chance to put up offensive numbers in the series. The 23-year-old Worley limited the Mets to two hits in six scoreless innings. Ryan Howard had two homers, including a grand slam, and drove in six runs in Philadelphia’s 10-3 victory. Now, Roy Halladay is up on Saturday, followed by Cliff Lee on Sunday.
The Mets have lost two straight games since their six-game winning streak. They slip to 11-15, 6½ games behind the Phillies in the division.
In their last two games at Citizens Bank Park, the Mets have now lost 11-0 and 10-3.
Worley became the 18th pitcher in major league history to toss six or more scoreless innings against the Mets in one of his first six major league appearances. The other most recent pitchers to do that: Cincinnati’s Tom Shearn in 2007, Arizona’s Brandon Webb in 2003, and a quartet in 2001: Colorado’s Jason Jennings, San Diego’s Junior Herndon, Montreal’s Troy Mattes and Cincinnati’s Chris Reitsma.
SICK FEELING: Mike Pelfrey talked Terry Collins into allowing him to start on turn in the series opener, despite a week-long illness that caused him to lose 11 pounds. By the fifth inning, fallback option Dillon Gee ended up in the game anyway.
Pelfrey surrendered a mammoth two-run homer to Howard into the second deck in right field in the fourth, then only recorded one out the following inning. He was pulled after a bases-loaded, two-run single by Ben Francisco staked the Phillies to a 4-0 lead in the fifth.
Gee, making his first professional relief appearance since pitching for Class A Brooklyn in 2007, after he was drafted in the 21st round that year, stranded two inherited runners.
Pelfrey’s line: 4.1 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 1 BB (intentional), 3 K, 1 HBP. The Phillies also successfully stole three bases against Pelfrey, who actually lowered his career ERA at Citizens Bank Park to 9.38.
SLAMMED: Howard’s grand slam in the sixth off Gee gave Philadelphia an 8-0 lead. Opponents have now hit 18 straight slams since the Mets last produced one -- on Aug. 1, 2009, by Angel Pagan off Arizona’s Clay Zavada. The 18 unanswered slams is the longest streak against one club in major league history.
STREAK LIVES: Ike Davis’ career-high hitting streak was extended to 11 games with a solo homer in the ninth off David Herndon. Jason Pridie delivered a two-run homer later in the ninth to round out the scoring.
DEBUTANT: Ronny Paulino grounded out in the ninth inning as a pinch-hitter in his Mets debut.
WHAT’S NEXT: Jon Niese (1-3, 5.10 ERA) tries to get the Mets back on track against Halladay in a Fox-televised game Saturday at 1:10 p.m.