PHILADELPHIA - The New York Mets ended Cole Hamels' run of quality starts, as they beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-4 on Friday at Citizens Bank Park in David Wright's return from the disabled list.
Hamels, who entered the game with 10 straight quality starts and had a 2.32 ERA in his last 14 outings, was tagged for five runs in his first four innings and yielded six runs overall as the Mets (69-84) provided starter Daisuke Matsuzaka with a healthy lead.
Philadelphia (71-82) had won Hamels' last seven starts before Friday. This time the lefty lasted seven innings, surrendered 10 hits and struck out eight.
Matsuzaka turned in his third consecutive quality start by going six innings and allowing two earned runs with six strikeouts for his second win.
New York's bullpen threw three scoreless innings and permitted just one hit to seal the win. LaTroy Hawkins hurled his 11th straight scoreless frame to notch his 11th save.
It didn't take the Mets long to get to Cole Hamels. Eric Young Jr. led off the game with a double, stole third base and then scored on Daniel Murphy's single. The ensuing batter, David Wright, homered to right field to put New York up 3-0 before the game's first out was recorded.
Wright's two-run shot came in his first at-bat back from the disabled list and was his 18th career home run at Citizens Bank Park.
The Mets extended their lead to 4-0 in the third inning when Andrew Brown dumped an RBI single just out of the reach of first baseman Darin Ruf in shallow right field.
New York hurt Hamels with another flare shot in the fourth inning. Young brought home the Mets' fifth run with a two-out, bloop single to center field, handing starter Daisuke Matsuzaka a 5-0 cushion.
However, the Phillies answered with four runs in the bottom half of the fourth. With the bases loaded and no outs, Ruf ripped a two-run double down the left-field line. Ruf entered Friday hitting .154 with runners in scoring position.
Philadelphia's two other runs came across courtesy of a throwing error by Young and a fielder's choice.
NOTES: Wright's homer in the first inning was his 221st of his career, passing Mike Piazza for second on the team's all-time list. Wright trails only Darryl Strawberry (252). ... Young's first-inning stolen base marked his 40th of the season. ... The last time Hamels allowed five or more earned runs was May 31. ... Murphy went 3-for-5 Friday with three runs scored. Since Aug. 28, Murphy is hitting .356 (32-for-90) with 16 runs scored, 10 doubles and 13 RBIs. ... The Mets' 1-2-3 of the order (Young, Murphy, Wright) went 7-for-15 (.467) with five runs scored and four RBIs in the win.