Philadelphia Phillies defeat New York Mets, 7-2

PHILADELPHIA - Face it: The Mets don't exactly deserve first place right now anyway.

Livan Hernandez had his shortest outing this season and the Mets suffered a pair of mental fielding miscues that frustrated Jerry Manuel and the coaches in a 7-2 loss to the Phillies Friday night.

The Mets (39-40) slipped back below .500 and squandered a chance to pull into a first-place tie with Philadelphia and Florida. The Braves pulled even with the Mets, so four teams are now bu...