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PHILADELPHIA -- Juan Lagares went 3-for-4 and doubled in the go-ahead run Friday night as the New York Mets rallied for a 4-3 victory over struggling Cole Hamels and the Philadelphia Phillies.

Jeremy Hefner (2-6) pitched six innings to earn the victory, allowing three runs (two earned) on 10 hits, while striking out six and walking one.

Scott Rice and Carlos Torres each pitched a hitless inning in relief. Bobby Parnell worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his 12th save in 15 opportunities.

Hamels fell to 2-11 with his second straight loss. Hamels, who went 17-6 last year and had won over 60 percent of his games before this season, yielded four runs on seven hits, struck out five and walked three.

The Mets, who trailed 3-0 after two innings, snapped a 3-3 tie in the sixth. Lucas Duda drew a one-out walk and, after Anthony Recker struck out, Juan Lagares, the No. 7 hitter in the Mets' lineup, lined a double to center. Duda scored all the way from first, barely beating the relay to the plate.

Phillies second baseman Chase Utley, out since April 20 with a strained oblique, went 0-for-5 in his return.

The Phillies scored three times in the second on back-to-back doubles by Ryan Howard and Domonic Brown, a run-producing groundout by Ben Revere and a two-out error by Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy.

But the Mets' David Wright answered with an RBI single in the fourth, and Eric Young tied it with a two-run single an inning later.

NOTES: To make room for Utley on the roster, the Phillies optioned INF Michael Martinez to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. ... Phillies manager Charlie Manuel was asked before the game for his reaction to comments by RHP Jonathan Papelbon, who said after Wednesday's loss to Washington that the team was not playing fundamentally sound baseball. "I've been talking about fundamentals for two years -- very strongly," Manuel said. The manager added that first baseman Ryan Howard was in the right position on a ninth-inning infield single by the Nats' Denard Span, contrary to what Papelbon said Wednesday. ... Mets LHP Jonathon Niese was placed on the disabled list with a partially torn rotator cuff. RHP Greg Burke was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas to take his place on the roster. ... 1B Ike Davis, recently demoted by the Mets, hit two home runs for Triple-A Las Vegas on Thursday night at Tucson and is hitting .306 in 10 minor-league games.
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