(Sports Network) Lucas Duda's pinch-hit, three-run double highlighted New York's five-run seventh inning, as the Mets halted the NL East-leading Phillies' 11-game winning streak with a 5-2 victory.
Despite the loss, Philadelphia's magic number to clinch the division is at two with seven games to play. The Braves beat the Nationals on Saturday but still trail the Phillies by six games.
Jose Reyes went 2-for-5 with an RBI double in the game-altering seventh, helping the Mets snap a season-high six-game skid.
New York's Dillon Gee (2-1) tossed a quality start for the fourth consecutive outing to start his career. The 24-year-old rookie was touched for two runs on five hits and two walks in seven innings to earn the win.
Kyle Kendrick (10-10) was charged with the loss after giving up four runs -- three earned -- on six hits over 6 1/3 innings.
"I was happy with the way I threw, but we lost the game so it's mixed emotions," Kendrick said.
"I just tried to locate my fastball and keep them off balance after the Howard home run," Gee said. "I just tried to bear down from there and not leave the ball in the middle of the plate again."
The slugger's 31st home run of the season was the only offense for either team until the Mets batted around in the seventh.
Chad Durbin relieved Kendrick and was greeted by Duda's line drive that found the right-field gap and rolled to the wall, scoring all three runners easily. Two batters later, Reyes doubled to make it 5-2.
Hisanori Takahashi started on the mound in the ninth and walked Howard on four pitches before retiring the next three hitters for his eighth save of the season.
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