- Associated Press - Sunday, May 11, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - David Wright sat alone on the bench, staring out at the field for a while after the latest maddening loss for his slumping Mets.

All that green grass out there and New York hitters can’t seem to find any of it when the game is on the line.

Ryan Howard had four hits, including a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning, and Jimmy Rollins homered and scored four times to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 5-4 victory Saturday night at Citi Field.

Wright hit his first home run since opening day, ending the longest drought of his career, and had three RBIs. But the Mets wasted another great chance to score in the late innings, dropping their season-worst fifth straight and eighth in nine games. Five of their last six losses have been by one run, including three in a row.

“The frustrating part is losing,” Wright said. “An inning here, an inning there is costing us multiple games over the last few weeks.”

Chase Utley drove in two runs for the Phillies, who have won the first two games of the series against their NL East foes after dropping four straight to Toronto.

“What’s happened here in basically the last 10 days is, we just haven’t been able to execute on the offensive side like we want to,” Mets manager Terry Collins said.

Following some confusion in the eighth, Philadelphia reliever Mike Adams (2-1) escaped a major jam by retiring pinch-hitter Bobby Abreu on a bases-loaded comebacker to keep it tied.

With runners on second and third earlier in the inning, the Phillies held a meeting at the mound and threw an intentional ball to Eric Campbell in his second major league plate appearance. That’s when Utley and catcher Carlos Ruiz noticed the 40-year-old Abreu, cut by Philadelphia near the end of spring training, getting ready in the dugout.

Utley and Ruiz persuaded Adams to go after Campbell before Abreu had a chance to bat. The intentional walk was called off and Campbell eventually took strike three.

“We decided to change our minds,” Utley said. “We saw him coming up there. We try to see everything, but we don’t always.”

Rollins drew a two-out walk from Kyle Farnsworth (0-3) in the ninth and went to third on Utley’s single. Howard followed with a line-drive single to center.

Jonathan Papelbon worked a hitless ninth for his 11th save in 12 chances. With a runner on second, he retired Wright on a foul popup to end it.

A frustrated Wright held his bat above his head most of the way back to the dugout, then lingered on an otherwise empty bench for a few minutes with the lumber still in his hand.

“Just missed a slider that was up and popped it up,” Wright said. “We’re putting ourselves in position to win, we’re just not getting that one hit.”

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