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Philadelphia Phillies Phillippe Aumont reacts after grand slam homer in 9th inning by New York Mets' Wilmer Flores on Monday, June 2, 2014, in Philadelphia. (Ron Cortes/Philadelphia Inquirer/MCT)

Phillies can't match Mets' pep, pop

PHILADELPHIA -- After three straight extra-inning games totaling 39 innings, the Phillies seemed to have no energy, emotion or offense. The pitching, especially the relief variety, wasn't too hot, either.

Never mind that the New York Mets have endured the same marathon-like schedule. The Mets were a team showing plenty of pep and pop.

In yet another game that deflated the Phillies and rejuvenated the visitors, the Mets earned an 11-2 victory on Monday night to win four five in their series at Citizens Bank Park.

During a homestand in which they hoped to get momentum, the Phillies fizzled, going 4-7, dropping their home record to an unfathomable 12-19.

The Mets opened the scoring in the second on back-to-back doubles by Bobby Abreu and Lucas Duda.

Abreu, who was a late spring-training cut by the Phillies over concerns about his defense, is still dangerous at the plate even though he did not play in the major leagues last season.

In this series against the Phillies, he went 5 for 13 with four runs scored and three RBIs.

Matt den Dekker robbed Ryan Howard of a solo home run in the second inning, leaping high above the center-field fence to make an outstanding grab.

Den Dekker then saved another run by easily gunning down Reid Brignac at the plate after a single by Ben Revere in the third inning.

The Phillies wish that den Dekker had departed to Sin City.

Den Dekker was optioned to triple-A Las Vegas on Sunday, but he stayed in Philadelphia, pending an MRI exam on centerfielder Juan Lagares. On Monday, the Mets placed Lagares on the disabled list with a strained muscle in his right side.

The Mets added four runs in the sixth inning. David Wright's two-run double to deep center field made it 3-0 and after starter Roberto Hernandez walked Abreu, he was replaced by lefthander Mario Hollands.

Duda reached base on an error by Chase Utley and then Wilmer Flores hit a two-run double to right.

Cesar Hernandez, making his first start at shortstop while Jimmy Rollins received a breather, opened the Phillies sixth with a walk and advanced to third on Utley's double.

Howard then drove in Hernandez on a groundout, his 40th RBI of the season and 15th in the last eight games.

Utley advanced to third but stayed there when Marlon Byrd hit a sharp liner to center and Carlos Ruiz grounded out to short.

The Phililes chased starter Bartolo Colon when Revere and Cesar Hernandez opened the eighth with singles. Lefthander Dana Eveland, just recalled Sunday from Las Vegas, got Utley to fly out to deep center, with Revere tagging up to third base.

Eveland struck out Howard and then was replaced by righthander Jeurys Famila, who began with a wild pitch that scored Revere with the second run. Byrd then flied to left for the final out.

The Mets then burst it open with six runs in the ninth on Curtis Granderson's two-run single off Jake Diekman and Flores' grand slam against Phillippe Aumont.

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