NEW YORK — Ben Revere took an 88 mph fastball from Bartolo Colon that appeared to be an inch or two outside. Larry Vanover signaled strike three, and Revere crouched slightly, turned and disagreed.
Then Freddy Galvis was called out on strikes.
And Chase Utley.
It was that kind of afternoon for the Philadelphia Phillies.
"It didn't seem like it was stretched out both ways," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said after Monday's 6-3 loss to the New York Mets. "I think Colon had it stretched out."
Colon (7-3) allowed three runs and six hits in six innings. Five of his six strikeouts were looking.
"The game plan was there. It was correct," said Phillies reliever Justin De Fratus, who allowed Wilmer Flores' tiebreaking three-run homer in the sixth, "but it was a tough strike zone today."
Philadelphia has dropped five of seven following a season-best six-game winning streak. The Phillies have lost 18 of their last 23 games against the Mets, going 1-6 this year.
Still, Ryan Howard thinks the approach is better.
"Last year when we got down, you felt like the game was over. We weren't going to come back," he said. "There's been a lot more fight this year."
Severino Gonzalez, in the Phillies' rotation following injuries to Chad Billingsley and David Buchanan, struck out a career-high eight in 4 1/3 innings — including six in a row. He allowed three runs and six hits.
"I was focused here on keeping the ball down," he said through translator Andres Blanco. "My changeup worked pretty good today. I threw my slider more today compared to my last start."
With the score 3-all, Daniel Murphy led off the sixth with a single off Elvis Araujo (1-1), De Fratus walked Michael Cuddyer and Flores homered off the original 16-foot left-field wall, over the 8-foot blue fence erected in front of it for the 2012 season.
"I threw a 3-1 fastball. It probably wasn't a surprise for him," said De Fratus, who has allowed eight of nine inherited runners to score. "I hadn't thrown a secondary pitch for a strike yet, so Flores did what he should do, which is pound it really hard."
Utley hit a two-run single in the third and Howard had a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the fifth, a ball Juan Lagares caught on the warning track in center.
"I thought I had it. It would have been nice," Howard said. "Chalk it up to home-field advantage, knowing where the jet stream is. I just tried to get one up in the air and let the wind do the rest."
FOR THE BIRDS
Revere shooed away a pair of pigeons with his bat in the third, and they were joined by a third bird before the fowl headed toward first.
"Just trying to get them out of the way," Mets catcher Anthony Recker said. "I thought it was pretty funny when everyone booed Revere. He wasn't actually trying to hit them. Had to at least try to scare them out of the way."
DON'T LOOK BACK
Galvis stepped on the plate when he bunted for a single in the fifth — a hitter should be called out if he does that — but umpires told Mets manager Terry Collins the play was not subject to video review. When Jeff Francoeur struck out with two outs in the ninth but reached first on a throwing error by Recker, Collins wanted to claim the throw beat Francoeur, but umpires said Collins waited too long to request a review.
Philadelphia's Jerome Williams (3-4) starts Tuesday against Jacob deGrom (5-4). Williams allowed five runs — four earned — and 10 hits over five innings in an April 15 loss at Citi Field.