PHILADELPHIA (AP) — As has been the case for much of this season, some bad luck played a role in Cole Hamels' defeat.
David Wright homered, Daniel Murphy had three hits and Daisuke Matsuzaka earned his second straight victory in New York's 6-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night.
Hamels (8-14) lost for the first time since July 26. The left-hander entered Friday 4-0 with a 2.18 ERA in the nine starts since his last defeat. But he left after seven subpar innings, giving up six runs on 10 hits with eight strikeouts and no walks.
"Cole pitched well," Philadelphia interim manager Ryne Sandberg said. "He had good stuff, but luck wasn't on his side. He adjusted after the first, but things just didn't go his way."
Hamels was victimized by some poor pitching and some misfortune. The Phillies committed one error and couldn't make plays on some balls that went for hits, and at least two of the Mets' 10 hits were bloops.
"It's baseball," Hamels said. "You try to make the right pitch. You just have to give them credit for getting the bat on the ball. It's tough but you can't do much about it. You just have to make the same pitches next time.
"Sometimes when your stuff is suspect, you get scoreless innings. It's a law-of-average-type-of-thing."
The game started ominously for the left-hander when Eric Young Jr.'s shallow fly ball to right went off the glove of hard-charging John Mayberry Jr. It went for a double and, after stealing third, Young scored on Murphy's single to center. Wright followed with the hardest hit ball off Hamels, a solo shot to right that put New York in front 3-0.
"It was just fun to be back out there," said Wright, who had been sidelined since Aug. 3 with a right hamstring strain. "You get those competitive juices flowing again. It was pretty surprising to me, especially off Cole. To do that was fun and surprising at the same time."
Mets manager Terry Collins wasn't as surprised.
"I told him the game's not that easy," Collins said. "Special people do special things. It was great to have him back in the lineup.
"This guy loves to play. That's why he's in the lineup. He wanted to get back out there and wanted to finish the season on the field. That's why he's the captain."