Manager Terry Collins' club has generally struggled in the series of late.
Hoping to avoid becoming the majors' first 11-game loser, Hamels tries to lead the Phillies to a sixth consecutive win over the visiting Mets in Friday night's opener.
After posting double-digit wins in each of the previous six seasons, Hamels (2-10, 4.40 ERA) has had a rough go this year. The three-time All-Star, who went a career-best 17-6 in 2012, is tied with the Los Angeles Angels ' Joe Blanton for the most losses in baseball.
"I'm not happy about it, because there's a reason I want to be here, and that's to win," Hamels, whose run support average of 2.97 ranks as one of the NL's lowest, told MLB's official website.
Hamels went toe-to-toe with Colorado's Jhoulys Chacin on Sunday but suffered another loss in a 5-2 defeat, allowing three runs in seven innings. Hamels, who lost a career-high 11 games in 2009 and 2010, fell to 1-1 in three June starts despite posting a 2.70 ERA with 23 strikeouts in 20 innings.
"He's one of the toughest lefties in the game," Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer said. "I know his record and ERA is what it is, but he's still got great stuff."
Hamels is 3-0 with a 3.07 ERA and 48 strikeouts in 41 innings in his last six outings versus New York (28-41). He walked a career high-tying six but allowed one run and two hits over six innings in a 5-1 victory at Citi Field on April 28. Lucas Duda is 1 for 12 against Hamels and John Buck is 2 for 25. Those two hits, though, were homers.
Hamels hasn't been alone in baffling the Mets, who have hit .208 in dropping nine of 10 versus Philadelphia (35-38), including the last five by a 33-11 margin.
The Phillies are looking to regroup after their season-high six-game home winning streak was snapped Wednesday in a 6-2, 11-inning loss to Washington. Jonathan Papelbon blew his second save in three chances before Michael Stutes surrendered a grand slam in the 11th.
"This is a game of fundamentals. We got to do fundamentals right," said Papelbon, who wasn't pleased with his team's defensive positioning. "It's a simple game. Every little thing that goes into every pre-pitch, we got to do better."
"It's a good feeling to come in here and take this series against this team, because they're obviously one of the elite," said Wright, hitting .407 with four homers during a 14-game stretch.
Wright is 18 for 54 (.333) with four homers against Hamels.
The right-hander has been knocked around in his last two starts versus Philadelphia. After yielding a career-worst seven runs and failing to record an out before being removed in a 16-1 defeat Sept. 20, Hefner surrendered a season-high five earned runs in three innings in a 7-3 road loss April 10 - his shortest start of the year.
Philadelphia activated second baseman Chase Utley from the disabled list prior to this game. Utley, batting .272 with seven homers and 25 RBIs, had been sidelined since May 23 because of an oblique strain.
|New York Mets|
|June 20, 2013||Jonathon Niese||Day-to-Day||Left game - left shoulder discomfort|
|June 19, 2013||Scott Atchison||15-Day DL||Right groin strain|
|June 18, 2013||Scott Atchison||Day-to-Day||Left game - sore groin|
|June 17, 2013||Justin Turner||15-Day DL||Intercostal strain|
|June 08, 2013||Matt Harvey||Day-to-Day||Left game - lower back tightness|
|May 30, 2013||Jonathon Niese||Day-to-Day||Left shoulder tendinitis|
|June 16, 2013||Jeremy Horst||15-Day DL||Strained left elbow|
|June 09, 2013||Erik Kratz||15-Day DL||Left knee injury|
|May 22, 2013||Chase Utley||Day-to-Day||Sore Ribcage|
|May 21, 2013||Chase Utley||15-Day DL||Strained right oblique|
|May 20, 2013||Ryan Howard||Day-to-Day||Sore left knee|
|May 20, 2013||Carlos Ruiz||15-Day DL||Strained right hamstring|
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- One step back helped Juan Lagares save three big runs.
Lagares hit a go-ahead double and ran down a deep drive, Jeremy Hefner pitched six effective innings and the New York Mets came back from a three-run deficit to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3 Friday night.
Hefner (2-6) gave up three runs - two earned - and 10 hits to help the Mets snap a five-game losing streak against the Phillies.
Before his clutch hit at the plate, Lagares made a fine catch on Carlos Ruiz ' fly to center with the bases loaded and two outs in the fifth to keep the score tied at 3.
"When the count went 3-1, I took a step back," Lagares said. "It was over my head and I went after it hard."
Hefner said he was holding his breath when the ball was hit.
"Juan is an unbelievable athlete," Hefner said. "You saw a little of it in spring training, and getting to watch him every day is exciting."
Eric Young Jr. had two hits, including a two-run single for the Mets, who have won three of four. Scott Rice and Carlos Torres each tossed a hitless inning and Bobby Parnell finished for his 12th save in 15 tries.
Cole Hamels (2-11) blew a 3-0 lead in another disappointing outing for the three-time All-Star. He allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings.
"It's been a bad case of not keeping the team in games," Hamels said.
The Phillies have lost two in a row after coming within one out of sweeping the defending NL East champion Washington Nationals before Jonathan Papelbon blew a save Wednesday night. They're four games under .500 and just four games ahead of the Mets.
Hamels didn't allow a hit until Young lined a double off the wall to start the fourth. One out later, David Wright 's RBI single cut the deficit to 3-1.
Young hit a two-run single with two outs in the fifth to tie it at 3. Lagares doubled and Omar Quintanilla singled before Young's key hit.
"I just tried to take a nice swing, not put pressure on myself and put the barrel on it," Young said.
After Lucas Duda walked in the sixth, Lagares ripped a two-out RBI double to left-center to make it 4-3. Lagares finished 3 for 4 with two doubles.
"That was a great win for us," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "Down 3-0 to Cole Hamels , this is big."
Hefner allowed one earned run in each of his previous three starts without getting a win. This time, he earned his first win since May 29.
The Phillies gave Hamels a 3-0 lead in the second. Ryan Howard led off with a double to right-center and scored on Domonic Brown 's double down the right-field line. After Delmon Young singled, Brown scored on a grounder by Ben Revere .
An error by second baseman Daniel Murphy on Jimmy Rollins ' two-out grounder scored Revere to make it 3-0.
Hamels hasn't received much run support this season, contributing to his poor record. But he has an 8.63 ERA in the eight starts in which the Phillies have scored at least three runs for him. He's 2-5 with a no-decision in those games.
"He wasn't real sharp," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "I've seen him better. He got hurt with two-out hits."
NOTES: The Mets placed LHP Jonathon Niese on the disabled list because of a partial tear in his rotator cuff. RHP Greg Burke was called up to take his spot. ... The Phillies sent INF Michael Martinez to Triple-A Lehigh Valley to make room for Chase Utley , who came off the disabled list. ... Hamels fell to 6-11 vs. the Mets. ... Parnell has saved nine of his last 10 chances. ... Revere extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a bunt single. ... Dillon Gee (5-7) faces Phillies rookie Jonathan Pettibone (3-3) on Saturday.