The Philadephia Phillies scored 4 runs in the last 2 innings, including a 3-spot off Francisco Rodriguez in the 9th, to down the Mets by a score of 6-4.  The Mets fall to 23-27 with the loss.

It was my first live Mets game of the season, and it didn’t disappoint (except for the final score, of course).  It was a pretty lively crowd, about as full as you’ll get for a non-Yankee opponent this time of year, and it was just about perfect baseball weather (for once, this year).

The Phillies built a 2-0 lead off of Mets starter Chris Capuano on RBI singles by Jimmy Rollins and starting pitcher Roy Oswalt in the 3rd and 5th innings, respectively.  But the Mets were able to strike back with RBI singles of their own — Carlos Beltran in the 5th, Ronny Paulino in the 6th, and Justin Turner in the 7th — to take a 3-2 lead into the 8th inning.

(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Unfortunately, the bullpen — which had been a strength up to this point — let them down for a second straight game.  Jason Isringhausen allowed a game-tying double to Jimmy Rollins, and then K-Rod imploded in the 9th.  RBI singles by Dominic Brown (which was actually a misplayed ball by Daniel Murphy) and Placido Polanco, as well as a sacrifice fly by Jimmy Rollins (his 3rd RBI of the game) put the Phillies ahead for good.

3 Up:

-Shake Shack Burgers: Seriously, they’re delicious.  Almost worth the 2-inning wait to get them.

-Justin Turner: 4-5 with an RBI — he’s now batting .329.

-Chris Capuano: Struck out 8 and allowed only 1 earned run in his 6 innings of work.

3 Down:

-Daniel Murphy: Went 1-5 as well as misplaying Brown’s go-ahead single in the 9th.  Ike’s glove at first base is sorely missed.

-K-Rod: He’s been great all year.  But he had nothing tonight, allowing 5 hits and 3 runs to score, taking the loss.

-Jason Bay: Continues his prolonged slump, going 1-4 tonight.  His average is now at .234 and he received a healthy amount of boos after striking out in the 5th to end the inning with 2 runners on.

On Deck: The Mets try to even the series tomorrow night, with the first pitch at 7:10 PM.

PHI Hamels (6-2, 3.06 ERA) vs. NYM Pelfrey (3-4, 5.37 ERA)