Homer barrage continues, but Mets tripped up in series finale

PHILADELPHIA -- Jerry Blevins has owned lefty batters since joining the New York Mets, but even he is human.

Nursing a one-run lead in the seventh inning, Blevins surrendered a double to the lefty-hitting David Lough. It was only the third hit in 24 at-bats by lefty hitters against Blevins in his two seasons as a Met. Addison Reed entered and allowed Lough to score the tying run on a single by Peter Bourjos.

The Mets went on to lose to the Philadelphia Phillies 5-4 on Wednesday at Citizens Bank Park to come up short of a three-game sweep. Bourjos delivered a walk-off RBI infield single against Hansel Robles with two out in the 11th on a grounder to deep third.

The Mets went 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position and left 12 men on base.

Deep thoughts: The Mets are rewriting franchise history with respect to homers.

Yoenis Cespedes and Lucas Duda produced back-to-back long balls against Jeremy Hellickson in the fifth inning to give the Mets a 4-3 lead.

After producing only two homers in the first eight games of the season, the Mets have delivered 19 homers in six games since hitting the road for stops in Cleveland and Philadelphia. It is the most home runs in a six-game span in franchise history, exceeding an 18-homer binge from Aug. 18-25 of last season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Incredibly, since Aug. 24, 2015, the Mets and Phillies have hit the same number of homers at Citizens Bank Park -- 29 apiece. The Mets have played 10 games at the ballpark during that span. The Phillies have played 33.

The Mets produced back-to-back homers in all three games of the series. Duda paired with Neil Walker on Monday and Tuesday. It marked the first time Mets players had back-to-back homers in three consecutive games in franchise history. Duda's feat marked the first time in the majors that a player was involved in back-to-back homers on three straight days since Jeff Kent and Barry Bonds combined on the honor with the San Francisco Giants from Aug. 27-29, 2002, according to Elias.

Duda's batting average rose from .229 to .264 with a 3-for-5 game.

Cespedes now has 22 homers since debuting with the Mets on Aug. 1 of last season. In that span, only Carlos Gonzalez and Nolan Arenado have more homers among National League players, with 23 apiece.

The Mets nearly had a second-inning homer, too. However, an Asdrubal Cabrera shot that was originally ruled a three-run homer was changed to an RBI double because of fan interference after a replay review initiated by the umpiring crew.

Almost there: Bartolo Colon departed after six innings with a 4-3 lead, in position to earn career win No. 220. That would have moved Colon one ahead of Pedro Martinez for second among Dominican-born pitchers. Instead, Colon received a no-decision. Juan Marichal holds the record among his countrymen with 243 career wins.

Colon surrendered a two-run homer to Freddy Galvis in the second inning that evened the score. After Walker could not cleanly field a grounder at second base in the fourth, which prevented the Mets from turning a double play, Lough delivered a sacrifice fly that gave the Phillies a 3-2 lead. It marked the first time the Mets trailed in 31 innings.

Wright stuff: David Wright went a career-high-matching 0-for-6 and struck out four times. It snapped a streak of 21 consecutive games reaching base dating to Sept. 20.

What's next: The Mets spend a day off in Atlanta before opening a weekend series against the Braves on Friday. Matt Harvey (0-3, 5.71 ERA) opposes right-hander Bud Norris (1-2, 6.23) in the opener.