PHILLIES COLLAPSE AND LOSE TO METS 7-6!

By Mary Cunningham

The Phillies found yet another way to lose yesterday in New York.

Asdrubal Cabrera (above) hit a go-ahead homer, part of a four-run rally in the seventh inning that carried the Mets past the Phillies 7-6.

The resurgent Mets overcame three errors and a short start by Zack Wheeler in his return from the disabled list to win their fourth straight. They’ve won seven of eight overall after getting swept in four games at Dodger Stadium.

The major league-worst Phillies (26-53) dropped to 20-45 against the Mets since 2014. Jeremy Hellickson left with a 6-4 lead in the seventh after giving up seven hits, including solo homers by Lucas Duda and T.J. Rivera.

After entering with one out and nobody on, reliever Pat Neshek (2-2) allowedTravis d’Arnaud’s double and an RBI single by pinch-hitter Wilmer Flores. With two outs, Cabrera drove an 85 mph slider to right-center to give New York a 7-6 lead.

Neshek had not given up a run since May 14, making 19 straight scoreless appearances. He entered the day having allowed just two runs in 31 2/3 innings.

“What a shame,” Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. “Neshek has been just about unhittable the whole season and he mis-located tonight and I know he feels terrible, but I felt pretty good when he came in.”

After a 57-minute rain delay in the top of the eighth, Addison Reed came on and got four outs for his 14th save in 16 tries. Reed worked around a leadoff double by Aaron Altherr in the ninth that nearly cleared the right-field wall.

With a runner on third, Reed retired Maikel Franco on a shallow fly to end it.

“Those are the kind of games that you have to win,” Mackanin said. “Even in the ninth with the leadoff double, I thought we were going to get something going with the middle of our lineup coming up and we just couldn’t get a run across.”

Fernando Salas (1-2) got the win despite giving up a three-run homer to Tommy Joseph that gave Philadelphia a 6-3 lead in the seventh.

Rivera homered leading off the bottom half.

Wheeler, who missed the past two seasons while recovering from Tommy John surgery, made his first start since going on the DL retroactive to June 20 with biceps tendinitis. He gave up two hits, two unearned runs and two walks in 3 2/3 innings.

Joseph tied it at 3 with an RBI double in the fifth.

Duda homered in the fourth, sending his drive into the giant bin that houses the home run apple in straightaway center field. He also doubled in the second and scored on a two-out double by Jose Reyes.

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