Mets Still Can Not Solve Vincente Padilla

The New York Mets lost to the Philadelphia Phillies for the fifth straight time as Vincente Padilla outdueled Jae Seo in Veterans Stadium Friday. Marlon Byrd drove in the game's only run with a single in the bottom of the eighth inning to make Seo the hard-luck loser in Philly.

Jae Seo (8-10) only allowed one run on three hits and four walks in 7 1/3 innings, but suffered defeat for the Mets, who dropped their second straight in the series and their fifth in a row to Philadelphia. Seo walked Nick Punto in the bottom of the eighth inning. After being sacraficed over to second base by Tomas Perez, Punto scored the game's lone run on an RBI single by Marlon Byrd.

While Seo was holding the Philly bats in check, Vincente Padilla was mowing down Mets' batters to the tune of a season-high 10 strikeout performance. Padilla, who limited the Mets to just two hits last Sunday, improved to 8-1 in 17 career games against the Mets. On Friday, allowed just one walk and six hits in his eight innings of shutout ball. The Mets collected just one extra-base hit Friday, a double by the pitcher Jae Seo.

Larry Bowa and the Phillies did not call on Jose Mesa to close out the game Friday. Bowa, who earlier in the day Friday announced that Mesa was no longer the closer for the Phillies, turned to Rheal Cormier. Cormier did not disappoint, shutting down the Mets in a perfect ninth to earn his second career save (both against the Mets).

The Mets will call upon rookie Jeremy Griffiths (1-1, 5.72 ERA) to stop New York's slide against Philadelphia. The Phillies send RHP Brett Myers (12-7, 4.21 ERA) to the mound Saturday.

Notes: 3B Jay Bell and CF Jeff Duncan each struck out three times against Padilla Friday...SP Jae Seo retired 16 straight batters at one point during the game...Seo's double was his first Major League extra-base hit....In their last five games against the Phillies, the Mets are hitting just .155 as a team and have averaged just 1.6 runs per game in those contests.

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