The Mets endured their fifth straight loss, 9-4, and second in a row to the Phillies, who have outscored them, 19-4, in the two games at Citizens Bank Park.
But the more damaging news came after the game, when Manager Terry Collins said Jon Niese and Scott Hairston would both probably end up on the disabled list after each strained a rib cage muscle.
Niese, who gave up eight runs before exiting in the fifth inning, first hurt the muscle while swinging during his last start Aug. 16. The Mets moved his scheduled start back a day, and Niese felt healthy enough to pitch.
But he felt pain while trying to throw a fastball by Hunter Pence in the third. “I kind of let it go, and that’s when I felt it,” Niese said.
Hairston hurt himself stretching to reach a low slider in the seventh.
The loss of Niese puts the Mets in a tough situation, as his next start is scheduled for Monday, when the team has a doubleheader. Collins said he would call up two pitchers from the minors for the day.
“We don’t have any room for just riding it out for the next 10 days while he gets better,” Collins said of Niese.