7,625: Mets’ comeback falls short as Phils top Mets 5-4

… and a dollar (or) run short

The Mets scored four late runs Sunday but fell short of another comeback win as the Philadelphia Phillies topped New York 5-4 in Game 1 of a day-night doubleheader.

Ryan Howard’s first-inning single resulted in the first run by scoring Chase Utley, and it also bumped our NoNoHitters.com count to 7,625 New York Mets games without a no-no.

John Maine gave up just one other hit – a Ben Francisco single – before getting pulled after three innings from his first start since June 6.

Tobi Stoner pitched the next three innings, but yielded a Francisco solo shot to left in the fourth inning to make it 2-0, then served up a two-run Shane Victorino homer in the fifth to give the Phillies a 4-0 lead.

An Anderson Hernandez two-run homer in the eighth inning cut the lead to 4-2, but Andy Tracy gave the Phillies what turned out to be a well-needed insurance run in the bottom half of the eighth with a pinch-hit RBI single.

Ninth-inning RBI singles by Josh Thole and Jeremy Reed brought the Mets within one, but the Mets fell a run short.

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