NEW YORK (AP) — With a chance to climb out of last place, Grady Sizemore and the Phillies did all they could to stay there.
The left fielder dropped an easy pop fly that allowed the tiebreaking runs to score Friday night, and Philadelphia mustered little offense against Jacob deGrom in a 4-1 loss to the New York Mets.
"Routine play, had it the whole way, saw it fine, was under it, just missed it," Sizemore said. "It does not get much worse than that. The guys played hard — I just happen to be the guy who let the team down. Really all there is to it."
Eric Campbell stole home on a double steal, and Travis d'Arnaud hit an RBI single to help the Mets stay out of the NL East cellar with their 12th victory in 17 games against the Phillies this year.
Cody Asche had a run-scoring single for Philadelphia, which had won four straight and six of seven. A victory in the series opener would have pushed the last-place Phillies past New York, but Sizemore's two-out error with the bases loaded in the seventh cost them.
"Looked to me like three players surrounded it and he called it," manager Ryne Sandberg said. "One of those unfortunate things, and they scored the runs with no hits."
In a matchup of rookie right-handers, deGrom (7-6) yielded four hits and an unearned run over seven crisp innings. He struck out five and walked two in his second start since coming off the disabled list.
David Buchanan went six innings for the Phillies, giving up one run and four hits before he was pulled for a pinch hitter after only 64 pitches. He is winless in his past four starts despite a 3.04 ERA.
"I just wanted to go out there and pound the strike zone, try to get quick outs. This is my third time seeing these guys, so I did not really have anything to surprise them with," Buchanan said. "I just wanted to make sure I pounded the zone early, keep the ball down and on the ground. But overall, it felt good."
New York took a 4-1 lead in the seventh, scoring three unearned runs without a hit.
Matt den Dekker drew a one-out walk from Jake Diekman (3-4), who hit Wilmer Flores with a pitch and walked pinch-hitter Campbell with two outs.
Juan Lagares lofted a high pop to shallow left-center, and Sizemore was under it when the ball deflected off his glove for an error that allowed two runs to score. Sizemore won Gold Gloves with Cleveland in 2007 and 2008.