Mets takeaways from Friday's 4-3 loss to Phillies, including late rally coming up short

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Javier Baez black uniform swing face partially blocked by helmet
Javier Baez black uniform swing face partially blocked by helmet

The Mets fell to the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3 on Friday night at Citi Field.

Here are the key takeaways ...

1. The pitching duel was on early at Citi Field between Taijuan Walker and Zack Wheeler. Wheeler held the Mets hitless through his first three innings, while the Phillies got to Walker for a run in the second, as J.T. Realmuto singled, stole second, and then came in to score on a couple of fly balls.

2. The Mets got to Wheeler in the fourth, as a Brandon Nimmo single, a Pete Alonso hit-by-pitch and a Michael Conforto walk loaded the bases. Javier Baez then put the Mets on the board with a single to right to tie the game and keep the bases full. The Mets were unable to add any further runs in the inning, though.

3. With the game tied in the top of the fifth, Brad Miller jumped all over a Walker pitch, sending it 443 feet to right-center for a solo shot, his 19th of the season, to put the Phillies back up by a run.

Walker finished the fifth, but his night ended there as he was pinch-hit for by Luis Guillorme in the bottom half of the inning. He allowed just two earned on three hits, striking out three without a walk on 88 pitches.

Wheeler didn’t last much longer. After allowing a pair of singles to lead off the sixth, his night was done after 93 pitches. Jose Alvarado forced a double play from Conforto, and with two outs and runners on the corners, pinch-hitter J.D. Davis went down on strikes to end the inning.

4. Seth Lugo came on to pitch the seventh for the Mets, but he didn’t seem to have his best stuff. After walking a pair and giving up a Miller single to load the bases, Matt Vierling got enough of a fly ball to right for a sac fly, doubling the Phillies’ lead to two runs at 3-1.

In the eighth, Brad Hand allowed a couple of runners to reach base before Jeurys Familia replaced him on the mound. Familia got a big strikeout of Realmuto, but Didi Gregorius flared a double into left-center for a key two-out RBI, making it a 4-1 game.

5. The Mets climbed back into the game in the eighth against Archie Bradley, as a pair of doubles from Francisco Lindor and Conforto made it a two-run game. Kevin Pillar then worked a 10-pitch at-bat before hitting a double of his own to make it a 4-3 game. Pillar was initially called out at second but was correctly called safe after review.

Ian Kennedy came in for a four-out save, and he was able to get the job done. Nimmo made the final out on a fly ball to deep left center, as he went 1-for-5 in his return. The Mets had seven hits as a team, going 3-for-10 with RISP and leaving eight men on base.

Highlights

What's next

The Mets and Phillies go at it again on Saturday at 7:15 p.m.

Carlos Carrasco will take the ball against fellow righty Aaron Nola.