NEW YORK -- The numbers don't look good for Dillon Gee. But New York Mets manager Terry Collins found reasons for optimism Tuesday night, when the right-handed Gee lost his third straight start as the Mets fell to the Philadelphia Phillies, 6-0, at Citi Field.
The start Tuesday was Gee's fourth since he came off the disabled list July 9 after missing almost two months due to a right lat strain. He returned in fine form by earning the win after allowing one run over seven innings in the Mets' 4-1 win over the Atlanta Braves, but in three starts since, Gee has allowed 15 runs over 16 2/3 innings to raise his overall ERA from 2.56 to 3.77.
But Collins said Gee's stuff -- especially his off-speed offerings -- looked the best it had all month on Tuesday, when Gee was one strike away from completing seven innings of two-run ball.
"His curveball was real good tonight, his changeup was good when he needed it," Collins said. "He pitched it and moved the ball around. I thought he pitched up. He had some zip on his fastball when he wanted to go up. I thought he threw the ball great. Very positive evening for (Gee)."
It ended in sour fashion when Gee, who began the seventh by allowing a single to Phillies left fielder Domonic Brown, plunked center fielder Ben Revere and walked shortstop Jimmy Rollins to load the bases for second baseman Chase Utley. Collins pulled Gee for left-hander Josh Edgin, who surrendered a mammoth grand slam to Utley to turn the game into a rout.
Still, Gee's ability to pitch into the seventh inning for the second time since coming off the disabled list -- and exceed 100 pitches for the first time, he ended at 102 -- had Collins confident that the Gee of old would return soon. Gee had a 2.72 ERA in the 30 starts prior to his injury.
"We were glad to get him to 100 pitches," Collins said. "That's going to help strengthen his arm up, get some endurance in his arm."
STREAK: Lost one
NEXT: Phillies (RHP Kyle Kendrick, 5-10, 4.87 ERA) at Mets (RHP Zack Wheeler, 5-8, 3.64 ERA)
--RHP Zack Wheeler will look to continue the best stretch of his major league career when he takes the mound for the Mets on Wednesday afternoon in the finale of a three-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Wheeler has allowed one earned run in each of his last five starts, a stretch in which he has gone 2-0 with a 1.41 ERA over 32 innings as he's lowered his overall ERA from 4.45 to a season-low 3.64. He didn't factor into the decision in his most recent start last Friday, when he gave up two runs (one earned) on three hits and two walks while striking out nine over 6 2/3 innings in the Mets' 3-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. In three career starts against the Phillies, Wheeler is 1-1 with a 2.55 ERA. He earned the win the last time he opposed the Phillies on May 29, when he allowed one run on four hits as the Mets beat the Phillies, 4-1.
--LHP Dana Eveland (left elbow) underwent X-rays Monday night after he was hit by a line drive in the ninth inning of the Mets' 7-1 win over the Phillies. The X-rays were negative and manager Terry Collins said Tuesday afternoon that Eveland felt "a lot better than he thought" he would a day after the injury scare. Eveland is 0-1 with a 2.00 ERA and one save in 17 relief appearances this season.
--INF Wilmer Flores started at shortstop for the third time in the Mets' last six games on Tuesday, when he went 1-for-3 in the Mets' 6-0 loss to the Phillies. Flores' recent activity is noteworthy given the struggles of starting SS Ruben Tejada, who is just 4-for-38 over his last 14 games. However, manager Terry Collins was adamant Tuesday afternoon that Tejada is still the starter. Collins said Flores was recalled last Thursday only to give the Mets a legitimate backup shortstop after Tejada was beaned in the helmet at Seattle last Wednesday. Flores is 2-for-10 since his promotion and is hitting .222 overall with one homer and seven RBIs in 90 at-bats.
--RHP Dillon Gee lost his third straight start Tuesday, when he gave up five runs on five hits and three walks while striking out two over 6 2/3 innings as the Mets fell to the Phillies 6-0. Gee was one strike away from escaping the seventh inning down 2-0 before the Phillies loaded the bases against him. LHP Josh Edgin then served up a grand slam to 2B Chase Utley. Gee (4-4) has allowed 15 runs over his last 16 2/3 innings, a stretch in which his ERA has risen from 2.56 to 3.77.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "We've got to get after it (Wednesday afternoon). We've got to finish (and do what) we've been talking about, and that's win series." -- Mets manager Terry Collins.
--LHP Dana Eveland (sore left elbow) left the July 28 game after he was hit by a line drive. X-rays were negative. Manager Terry Collins said July 29 that Eveland felt better than expected.
--RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (sore right elbow) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 25.
--C Taylor Teagarden (left hamstring strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 22. He began on a rehab assignment with the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Mets on July 12 and was transferred to Class A St. Lucie on July 17. He moved his rehab to Triple-A Las Vegas on July 19.
--RHP Matt Harvey (Tommy John surgery in October 2013) went on the 60-day disabled list March 30. He threw from 120 feet May 9. Harvey was supposed to throw off a mound on June 10 but the Mets wanted to slow his rehab a bit. He threw long-toss June 19. He hopes to pitch in September.
--RHP Jeremy Hefner (Tommy John surgery in August 2013) joined the Mets in Miami to do rehab work on May 6. He threw off a mound for the first time since his operation on June 10, when he threw 15 pitches at the Mets' spring training complex. He hopes to rejoin the major league club before the end of the season.
--RHP Bobby Parnell (Tommy John surgery in April 2014) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 1, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on May 14. He will miss the entire season.
RHP Bartolo Colon
RHP Zack Wheeler
RHP Jacob deGrom
RHP Dillon Gee
RHP Jonathon Niese
RHP Jenrry Mejia (closer)
RHP Jeurys Familia
RHP Carlos Torres
LHP Josh Edgin
RHP Vic Black
LHP Dana Eveland
RHP Buddy Carlyle
1B Lucas Duda
2B Daniel Murphy
SS Ruben Tejada
3B David Wright
INF Eric Campbell
INF Wilmer Flores
LF Eric Young Jr.
CF Juan Lagares
RF Curtis Granderson
OF Bobby Abreu
OF Chris Young
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