NEW YORK - Bryce Harper got tossed, the Phillies' offense went silent, and following a 95-minute rain delay, the Phils were defeated 5-1 Monday night by the Mets.
Harper got the hook for arguing balls and strikes in the top of the fourth inning. Cesar Hernandez took a high pitch out of the zone that was called a strike and Harper said the magic words, resulting in an ejection from home plate umpire Mark Carlson.
It was the 12th ejection of Harper's eight-year big-league career.
The Phillies have lost four of their last five games and are 12-10. The Mets have the same record.
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Last Tuesday, all eight Phillies Steven Matz faced reached base and came around to score. He didn't record an out.
Facing the Phillies for a second straight start Monday, Matz dealt. Over six innings, he allowed one run on three hits and struck out six, including four K's the first four times he faced Harper and Andrew McCutchen.
Can't cash in
The Phils clearly miss Jean Segura, as any team would. Losing one hitter really can make a profound impact on a lineup, especially when he has the bat-to-ball skills and .328 batting average Segura has provided. On this night, it forced Gabe Kapler to move J.T. Realmuto up to the two-hole, which weakened the five- and eight-spots with Maikel Franco also moving up.
The Phillies' best run-scoring opportunity came in the third inning when Cesar Hernandez doubled, Aaron Altherr walked and Jake Arrieta sacrificed them over to second and third. McCutchen struck out and Realmuto grounded out to end the inning.
The Phillies' only run came on a 401-foot home run from Rhys Hoskins, again on a low pitch. Hoskins demolished an 84 mph changeup to left-center field and it barely went out because of the wind. On a normal night, it might have gone 430.
Can't blame Arrieta
For the fourth consecutive start, Arrieta pitched into the seventh inning. He couldn't complete seven innings this time, being pulled after allowing a leadoff single.
Through five starts, Arrieta is 3-2 with a 2.65 ERA. He struck out seven Mets, five looking.
He kept the Phillies in the game and didn't allow much hard contact but received just the lone run of support.
It sounds like Segura will return Saturday when he is first eligible to be activated from the 10-day IL.
Odubel Herrera may require a few additional days.
Scott Kingery is farther away. The Phillies won't have a timetable for another few days.
All three are dealing with hamstring injuries of varying degrees.
Zach Eflin (2-2, 3.68) opposes Zack Wheeler (1-2, 6.35) at 7:10 p.m. on NBCSP+.
The Phillies will want to take advantage of missing both Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard in this series.
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