Mets shut down by Hamels, done in by Utley grand slam in 6-0 loss to Phillies



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NEW YORK — Mets starter Dillon Gee was throwing the ball better than in his previous two losses, not that the numbers show it.

And not that it mattered the way Cole Hamels was dominating for the Phillies.

Hamels pitched eight shutout innings, and Chase Utley hit a grand slam after a tiring Gee loaded the bases in Philadelphia's 6-0 win over New York on Tuesday night.

With the Phillies up 2-0 and two outs in the seventh, Gee (4-4) suddenly lost his control. He hit Ben Revere with a man on, then uncorked a wild pitch that put runners at second and third. After Gee walked Jimmy Rollins to load the bases, Josh Edgin came on for the lefty-lefty matchup against Utley.

The All-Star second baseman drilled a 2-2 pitch into the upper deck in right field for his fifth career grand slam and first since 2010. He has 32 career home runs against the Mets, second to teammate Ryan Howard (40) among active players. Rollins is third after hitting his 29th on Tuesday.

Gee allowed five runs on five hits in 6 2-3 innings, striking out two and walking three. He has lost three straight starts.

"The most frustrating part is I thought I threw the ball a lot better than I had in the previous couple of outings," Gee said. "When the end result still isn't there it's very frustrating."

Gee's 7.11 career ERA against the Phillies is his highest against any opponent for at least two starts.

A day after managing just one run off 13 hits, the Phillies scored six runs on seven hits thanks to three two-out homers. Rollins had a solo home run in the third, then Grady Sizemore added another in the fourth.

HOT HAMELS

Hamels (6-5) has won three straight starts for the first time in almost two years, with 27 strikeouts and one walk in those victories.

"I'm able to throw everything in any sort of count," he said. "That just puts all the momentum back onto my side."

Hamels retired the final 13 batters to lower his ERA to 2.55.

"He just really got in a groove," manager Ryne Sandberg said. "With the run support and the lead, he just pounded the strike zone."

He wasn't throwing his fastball quite as hard Tuesday, but it didn't matter with the way his changeup left batters flailing.

"I bet I had four hitters come back and say the changeup's dynamic tonight," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "He had it all working."

TRAINER'S ROOM

Phillies: Right fielder Marlon Byrd got the day off after fouling a ball off his foot in a four-hit night Monday. Sizemore started in his place.

Mets: Left-hander Dana Eveland was optimistic he could pitch Wednesday after the reliever was struck in the pitching elbow by a line drive Monday.

ON DECK

Zack Wheeler (5-8) starts for the Mets against Kyle Kendrick (5-10) on Wednesday afternoon in the finale of the three-game series.

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