The Mets’ big hit never comes as they only get buried further

PHILADELPHIA — The crack in the Mets lineup is fusing about as quickly as the one in the Liberty Bell.

Somewhere there will be a streak of respectability for these underachieving hitters, but team officials have to wonder how far the Mets will be buried before that occurs.

On Sunday, the Mets had enough opportunities but finished hitless in seven at-bats with runners in scoring position in a 4-2 loss to the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

It marked the ninth time in 11 games the Mets scored three runs or fewer. The Mets are 2-9 over that stretch and struggling to remain above .500.

Devin Mesoraco had a particularly rough day at the plate, twice hitting into double plays, including an inning-ender in the sixth with two runners aboard and the Mets attempting to build off their 1-0 lead against Aaron Nola.

But Michael Conforto, in his first game since hitting a go-ahead homer in the ninth inning Friday, struck out twice with runners aboard beginning in the sixth, and Wilmer Flores failed to push across a run with the bases loaded and one out in the first.

Jacob deGrom was removed for precautionary reasons after throwing 45 pitches in the first inning without allowing a run. The right-hander was pitching for the first time since May 2, when he exited his start against the Braves with a hyperextended right elbow he suffered swinging the bat.

Robert Gsellman, Paul Sewald, AJ Ramos and Jeurys Familia combined to pitch the final seven innings. Familia allowed a solo homer to Carlos Santana in the ninth after the Phillies had gone ahead with three in the sixth against Sewald.

Asdrubal Cabrera delivered a two-out RBI double in the seventh that pulled the Mets within 3-2, but Yoenis Cespedes was retired by Luis Garcia to strand the tying run at second base.

Nick Williams’ three-run homer in the sixth against Paul Sewald put the Mets in a 3-1 hole. Sewald had allowed a leadoff double to Carlos Santana in the inning and walked Scott Kingery before Williams launched a 2-1 slider off the scoreboard affixed to the right-field mezzanine.

Cespedes homered leading off the sixth for the game’s first run. Nola got ahead 0-2 before hanging a breaking ball Cespedes smashed into the left-field seats for his eighth homer this season. The homer was Cespedes’ 16th in 40 career games against the Phillies.

DeGrom was finished after his marathon first inning, in which he loaded the bases on three straight walks to Cesar Hernandez, Aaron Altherr and Odubel Herrera but did not allow a run. When the Mets came to bat in the second, Luis Guillorme pinch hit for deGrom, officially ending the pitcher’s afternoon.

Following a rainout, manager Mickey Callaway could have pitched Noah Syndergaard but decided not to take the risk after the right-hander warmed up Saturday.

The Mets had their own bases-loaded opportunity in the first, but Flores struck out before Conforto was retired to end the threat. Brandon Nimmo’s bunt single started the threat, and Cabrera singled before Adrian Gonzalez walked.

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