With their offense still in hibernation, things have not started as swimmingly for the Mets this season.
The Phillies already have more wins against the Mets in Queens this season than in all of 2015, when they went 1-8.
Matt Harvey surrendered three runs on six hits and two walks in six innings, including a two-run homer to Odubel Herrera in the sixth as Philadelphia opened a 3-0 lead. Harvey dropped to 0-2 with a 4.63 ERA. Including his final three spring training outings, he has allowed 22 runs in 20 innings since March 19.
The Mets (2-3) had entered Sunday with the best team ERA in the majors (1.29), yet their team batting average ranked 28th (.192). The offensive struggles continued for much of Sunday’s game.
Jeremy Hellickson retired 11 straight Mets to open the game, until Cespedes dropped a two-out single into right field in the fourth.
The Mets finally broke through against Hellickson in the sixth. David Wright had the Mets’ second hit of the game with a two-out double. Cespedes followed by capping an 11-pitch at-bat with his first homer of the season, which chased Hellickson and pulled the Mets to within 3-2. It snapped a 15-inning scoreless drought by the Mets.
Cespedes had been 2-for-16 on the season and heard jeers Saturday before producing two hits in the series finale.
Odds & ends: Former Milwaukee Brewers closer Jim Henderson has fanned seven batters in three perfect innings so far as a Met. He struck out the side in the seventh on Sunday to keep the Mets within a run at the time. … Curtis Granderson went hitless in four at-bats and is 1-for-20 on the season. …The Phillies opened a 4-2 lead in the eighth on Ryan Howard’s sacrifice fly against Addison Reed. ... Logan Verrett, due to make a spot start on Wednesday in place of Jacob deGrom (right lat tightness), allowed an RBI double to Andres Blanco in the ninth.