With the loss, the Phillies fell 1 1/2 games behind Houston in the wild card standings, dropping the Astros' magic number to five. The loss also assured the Braves of at least a tie in the National League East as the Phillies stand five games behind the Braves with five games left to play. The Braves missed a chance to clinch when they lost to the Rockies 6-5.
The game plan for the Phillies seemed to be working as Brett Myers gave the Phillies seven strong innings. Ugueth Urbina (4-3) couldn't get an out in the eighth and Aaron Fultz failed to get Cliff Floyd when he came on in relief of Urbina. Ryan Madson entered and hit Mike Piazza with a pitch and gave up a sacrifice fly to Mike Jacobs as the Mets went up 6-5.
Myers threw seven innings, allowing just two earned runs on four hits and a walk while striking out seven.
The Phillies tried to mound a ninth inning rally, but came up short. With two outs, Chase Utley doubled and Bobby Abreu walked before Pat Burrell, who homered earlier in the game, bounced back to the mound for the final out of the game.
Tuesday night, the Phillies will send Jon Lieber (16-12) against Victor Zambrano (7-11). Zambrano is starting in place of Pedro Martinez, who has been shut down for the season. The Astros will be in St. Louis to open a two-game series against the Cardinals.