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The Phillies couldn’t build on their momentum from Tuesday’s victory in tonight’s 9-4 loss to the Mets.
Phillies starter Aaron Nola (5-2, 4.02 ERA) suffered his worst start of the season, giving up six runs, all earned, in only four innings pitched.
Things started to unravel for the Phillies in the bottom of the second inning. The scoring opened when Nola gave up a two-out RBI double to Mets second baseman Kelly Johnson to give New York a 1-0 lead. The next batter, shortstop Ruben Tejada, made the score 3-0 on a flukey inside-the-park home run.
Tejada’s hit appeared to be nothing more than a shallow blooper to right field, but ended up being especially costly to the Phillies. A sprinting Domonic Brown was unable to make the catch and tumbled over the wall along the third-base line, and both runs were able to score without a throw to the plate.
Brown initially stayed in the game, but was lifted in the fourth with concussion-like symptoms. He will return to Philadelphia for further evaluation and will not travel with the team for their weekend series in Boston.
On the positive side, the Phillies were able to score some runs off of Mets ace Mike Harvey (12-7, 2.60 ERA). Catcher Erik Kratz returned to the roster as a September call up, and picked up a pair of RBI with a double in the fifth inning. Outfielder Darnell Sweeney also belted a long home run to right in the seventh inning, his third bomb of the season.
Next up for the Phillies is a three game series against the Red Sox. After an off day on Thursday, Adam Morgan (5-4, 4.03 ERA) takes the hill against Boston starter Joe Kelly (8-6, 4.94 ERA). First pitch at Fenway Park is set for 7:10 p.m.