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This time, it's the Mets beating Phillies in 14 innings

Another opportunity for the Philadelphia Phillies to build off a magical moment presented itself Saturday, and another opportunity was lost.

After playing past midnight Friday before pulling out a 14-inning victory, the Phillies were back at work Saturday afternoon against the New York Mets. Some momentum is what they're looking for, but it was not found in the month of May.

Instead, the Phillies ended the month with a 5-4, 14-inning loss that was every bit as debilitating as their 14-inning victory had been exhilarating less than 24 hours earlier. David Wright delivered the game-winning hit with two outs in the top of the 14th inning.

This game lasted 5 hours, 32 minutes, which meant the teams had played 10:55 and 28 innings over two days. It was the first time in Phillies history they had played consecutive games of 14 innings or longer.

"It's exhausting," manager Ryne Sandberg said.

The Phillies head into June at the bottom of the National League East standings with a 24-29 record. They went 11-16 in May, their first losing record in the month since 2002.

"This one we had numerous opportunities," Sandberg said. "We had 14 innings and several chances to pull out a win, which would have been a good win for us. We had the chances, but we didn't get it done today."

The Phillies left six men on base in extra innings and went 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position after tying the game in the bottom of the ninth. Ben Revere twice failed to lay down a sacrifice bunt.

"Of course it was frustrating," Revere said. "Especially that first one. It's always frustrating when you're trying to get your men into scoring position."

After Jeff Manship pitched four perfect innings of relief, he pulled up lame as he tried to leg out an infield single that would have won the game for the Phillies in the bottom of the 13th inning. Sandberg had the option of hitting John Mayberry Jr. with the winning run at third and two outs, but he did not want to tax his tired bullpen any further.

Manship, however, was forced out by a quad strain, and the struggling Antonio Bastardo entered the game. He immediately issued a leadoff walk to Ruben Tejada. After Juan Lagares moved Tejada to second with a sacrifice bunt, Sandberg ordered an intentional walk to Chris Young, which eventually gave Wright a chance to bat.

"There was a lot of thought about that, but there was a lot of thought about being a pitch away from a double play," Sandberg said. "We wanted to set up two with (Daniel) Murphy in a back-against-the-wall situation right there. The leadoff walk had something to do with that."

Bastardo retired Murphy on a pop-up, but Wright followed with a go-ahead single to make it 5-4.

The Phillies put two runners on to start the bottom of the 14th but left them stranded.

Kyle Kendrick, coming off his best start of the season against Colorado, could not duplicate that performance, a problem that both the pitcher and his team have endured through the first two months of the season. Kendrick allowed four runs on eight hits over six innings, and he only lasted that long because of two outstanding defensive plays by Marlon Byrd and Ryan Howard.

He left trailing by 4-0, and at that point this game looked like it was going to be another lifeless loss for a Phillies team that has not had a winning streak longer than three games this season. Instead, it became a cruel and unusual defeat that took a heavy toll on the pitching staff.

The Phillies mustered only one hit -- a Chase Utley single in the fourth inning -- and one walk while striking out 10 times through the first six innings against Jacob deGrom.

They finally got to the Mets rookie, however, in the seventh inning. Jimmy Rollins opened it with a single to center, and Utley drew a four-pitch walk. Howard followed by slamming a 1-1 curveball into the left-center-field seats for his 10th home run.

Two innings later, the Phillies tied it and found themselves working overtime for the second straight game. This time, there was no payoff at the end of the long day.

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