By Sam Bush

The Phillies lost another game to the woeful Mets yesterday that left them three and a half games behind the Braves in the NL East.

In other words, they are fading fast.

Noah Syndergaard left the game after he was hit by Cesar Hernandez’s line drive in the seventh inning but managed to slow the Phillies’ playoff run despite allowing a career-worst 12 hits and five walks in the Mets’ 10-5 victory on Saturday night.

Syndergaard (11-3) tried to brace himself but was hit on the right lower ribs when Hernandez lined a 98-mile-per-hour pitch. Syndergaard picked up the ball but held onto it. The Mets said X-rays were negative.

He matched his career high for walks and allowed four runs in six and two-thirds innings.

Zach Eflin (9-7) gave up six runs, four hits and three walks in three innings, dropping to 0-3 in his last four starts.

The Phils, who led the National League East before play on Aug. 12, began the day two and a half games behind first-place Atlanta and also trailed in the wild-card race. The Phillies have lost 16 of their last 25.

Tomas Nido hit a three-run double in the second inning and Todd Frazier had a three-run homer in the third for the Mets. Jay Bruce made it 7-0 with a run-scoring single in the fourth and Michael Conforto added his 21st home run as the Mets won for the fifth time in their last seven games.

Rhys Hoskins led off the sixth with his 29th home run and Hernandez singled in a run later in the inning, the first of his three runs batted in.

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