Hamels blows lead, Phillies lose to Mets 4-3

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 21, 2013 at 10:52 pm •  Published: June 21, 2013
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A three-run cushion for Cole Hamels used to mean a near-automatic win.

Not this year.

Hamels blew a 3-0 lead in his latest disappointing outing, and the New York Mets rallied to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3 Friday night.

"It does get frustrating at times," Hamels said. "I'm striving to win. When I make a (bad) pitch, it seems to break the game open."

Hamels (2-11) allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings.

The three-time All-Star and 2008 World Series MVP hasn't received much run support this season, contributing to his poor record. But he's 2-4 with a 6.94 ERA in six starts when the Phillies have scored at least four runs for him, and 2-5 when they get at least three.

"It's a process. You can't be selfish in this game," Hamels said. "If you want to be a team player, you can't put the selfish side in there. I'm not doing my part because I'm not defending enough runs when I get runs."

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel became testy when questioned about his team's offense.

"We had runners on base but couldn't knock them in," he said.

Juan Lagares hit a go-ahead double and ran down a deep drive, and Jeremy Hefner pitched six effective innings to help the Mets snap a five-game losing streak against the Phillies.

Hefner (2-6) gave up three runs — two earned — and 10 hits.

Before his clutch hit at the plate, Lagares made a fine catch on Carlos Ruiz's fly to center with the bases loaded and two outs in the fifth to keep the score tied at 3.

"When the count went 3-1, I took a step back," Lagares said. "It was over my head and I went after it hard."

Hefner said he was holding his breath when the ball was hit.

"Juan is an unbelievable athlete," he said. "You saw a little of it in spring training, and getting to watch him every day is exciting."

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