NEW YORK -- While most of the attention focused on the approaching non-waiver trade deadline, the Phillies played a baseball game Wednesday afternoon.
They lost, 11-2, to the New York Mets to fall to 5-8 since the all-star break and 47-61 on the season.
The trade deadline arrives Thursday at 4 p.m.
Starting pitching report
Kyle Kendrick (5-11) allowed seven hits and four runs over six innings. All the runs came in the bottom of the fifth when he gave up two singles, a walk and a three-run home run to Daniel Murphy. The other run scored on a wild pitch.
Kendrick made six starts in July. He had a 6.94 ERA.
For the season, he has a 4.92 ERA.
Mets right-hander Zack Wheeler (6-8) held the Phillies to two runs over 6 2/3 innings.
The Phillies trailed by just two runs entering the bottom of the seventh, but the Mets scorched relievers Mario Hollands and Justin De Fratus for five runs to put the game away. De Fratus hurt himself by committing a fielding error.
The bullpen beating continued in the eighth inning when Phillippe Aumont gave up a two-run homer to Lucas Duda. The home run reached the upper deck in right field. Duda was robbed of a homer earlier in the game.
Mets right-hander Jeurys Familia quelled a potential Phillies rally when he came in and got Marlon Byrd to ground out with two men on base to end the top of the seventh.
At the plate
Ben Revere and Ryan Howard had back-to-back doubles in the fifth inning for the Phillies’ first run of the game.
Jimmy Rollins, who did not start the day game after the night game, belted a pinch-hit homer in the top of the seventh. It was his 15th homer of the season. Byrd leads the team with 20 and Ryan Howard is second with 16.
The Mets out-hit the Phillies, 15-8. Murphy, Juan Lagares and Ruben Tejada led the Mets with three hits apiece.
The Phillies left 11 men on base. They had the bases loaded with one out in the second inning and got nothing.
In the field
Revere raced back to the center-field wall, leaped and robbed a home run from Duda in the fourth inning. Revere made a couple of other long running catches as well.
A.J. Burnett’s name is warm (see story).
Cliff Lee (4-5, 3.78) opposes fellow lefty Gio Gonzalez (6-6, 3.56) as the Phillies open a four-game series in Washington against the Nationals on Thursday night.