PHILADELPHIA -- Jenrry Mejia and his cranky calf suffered a blown save Sunday.
After a day off to allow the leg to rest and a doctor's exam that labeled the issue cramping, Mejia entered for the ninth with the Mets leading by a run. He proceeded to surrender a leadoff double to Cody Asche and game-tying single to pinch hitter Marlon Byrd.
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The game-ending blow came on Ryan Howard’s two-out RBI single as the Phillies rallied for a 7-6 win.
The Mets had led 6-1 entering the bottom of the sixth. Their largest lead blown this season in a loss came May 3 at Colorado, when a 6-0 lead turned into an 11-10 defeat.
The Mets still are 10-5 against the Phillies this season, including 7-2 at Citizens Bank Park.
Mejia has allowed at least two hits in each of his past four appearances.
Flores, getting an extended look at shortstop, threw wide of first base on Ben Revere’s two-out grounder. The play officially was ruled an infield single, although a more accomplished defensive shortstop would have recorded the out. After Jimmy Rollins then singled, Chase Utley delivered a two-run triple as the Phillies moved within 6-5.
Edgin entered and struck out Howard to strand the tying run at third base. Howard is now 2-for-9 with two homers and three strikeouts in his career against Edgin.
Edgin also struck out the side in the eighth. He became only the second reliever in franchise history to face four or more batters and strike them all out. Manny Acosta also struck out all four batters he faced on July 30, 2010 against Arizona.
Wheel deal: Wheeler surrendered only one hit through five innings -- a two-out solo homer by Utley in the first that evened the score at 1.
Wheeler’s final line in a 112-pitch effort that became a no-decision: 6 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 HR.
Brown’s two-RBI shot snapped Wheeler’s streak of allowing two runs or fewer while logging at least six innings at seven straight starts. It had been the franchise’s longest single-season streak since Masato Yoshii went eight straight starts in 1999.
Wheeler nonetheless is 4-0 with a 1.93 ERA over his past eight starts.
How they scored: Daniel Murphy’s sacrifice fly gave the Mets a 2-1 lead in the second. An inning later, Juan Lagares had a two-run triple.
The lead swelled to 6-1 in the fifth when Lucas Duda and Travis d'Arnaud homered on consecutive pitches from Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick. It marked only the second time this season back-to-back batters homered for the Mets. Curtis Granderson and the now-departed Chris Young consecutively homered against Oakland’s Scott Kazmir on June 24.
First audition: Matt den Dekker went 2-for-5 in his first start since returning from Las Vegas. Den Dekker was robbed by retreating center fielder Ben Revere on a third-inning shot to the warning track. In his next at-bat, den Dekker followed Duda and d’Arnaud’s long balls with a single. He also had a ninth-inning single.