WHAT IT MEANS: David Einhorn witnessed the latest collapse against the Phillies. Seated in the owner’s box behind home plate, the incoming minority owner watched the Mets’ 5-2 loss to Philadelphia.
Since pulling to .500 last Friday at Yankee Stadium, the Mets have lost six of seven games. The Mets now trail the Phillies by 9 1/2 games in the NL East.
Tim Byrdak allowed a pair of inherited runners to score on a Ryan Howard two-run double in Philadelphia's three-run eighth. The Mets have now lost consecutive games to Philadelphia when leading after seven innings to fall to 18-3 when ahead going to the eighth.
The Mets had not lost consecutive home games when leading entering the eighth since August 2005 against the Brewers, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
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BIG PELF: Right-hander Mike Pelfrey rebounded from his seventh-inning debacle in the Bronx last weekend with a stellar outing on Saturday night. Pelfrey matched a season high by going 7 2/3 innings, and at one point retired 12 straight batters. He departed with a 2-1 lead after a two-out single by Jimmy Rollins in the eighth.
With Mike O'Connor on the mound, Rollins stole second. Rollins scored when O'Connor served up a game-tying single to Chase Utley. Pelfrey received a no-decision.
Pelfrey's line: 7.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K.
BIG RED: Second baseman Justin Turner delivered an RBI single in the bottom of the first and has now driven in at least one run in each of his last four games. Turner previos had RBIs in seven consecutive games, which stands as the franchise’s rookie record. Since May 13, Turner has 16 RBIs.
BAY WATCH: Left fielder Jason Bay came into Saturday night’s game just 3-for-27 with runners in scoring position, but managed to drive in shortstop Jose Reyes from second base with a two-out single to left field in the bottom of the third as the Mets took a 2-0 lead.
RUNNING RAMPANT: The Mets stole a five bases on Saturday night. The previous season-best was four on May 1 against the Phillies.
Reyes, who finished 2-for-4, swiped two bags. It was his fifth multi-steal game of the season. He now has 19 steals overall.
The franchise record for Mets’ steals in a game is seven, on May 14, 2009 against the San Francisco Giants. In that game, third baseman David Wright had four steals, while Gary Sheffield, Alex Cora and Carlos Beltran each swiped one.
DEBUTANT: Dale Thayer, who was not in major league camp, pitched the ninth inning in his Mets debut and allowed a run. Thayer, 30, appeared in a combined 12 games in relief with Tampa Bay the previous two seasons. He originally was drafted by the San Diego Padres.
K-ROD TRACKER: Francisco Rodriguez did not appear. He is sitting at 19 games finished, and needs 55 for his contract to vest at $17.5 million in 2012.
WHAT'S NEXT: The Mets and Phillies wrap up their three-game set on Sunday afternoon. Left-hander Jon Niese (3-5, 4.33) opposes right-hander Vance Worley (2-0, 2.14).