The Phillies tried to go over .500 for the fifth time since opening day last night. Again, no luck. This time they at least had a good reason as Johan Santana, perhaps baseball’s best pitcher, shut them down.

Santana’s line doesn’t look fantastic for the game. He allowed the first two runners to reach base in the eighth before Dobbs hit a three-run shot off of Heilman, with two of the runs charged to Santana. But Santana was better than his line, striking out ten without walking a batter and out-dueling Phillies’ ace Cole Hamels in what will no doubt be the first of many between the two.

The Phillies lost to the New York Mets last night, 6-4. They are 8-9 on the season.

Cole Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing five runs on eight hits and three walks. Only four of the runs were earned and three of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and a triple. He struck out four.

Ryan Church walked with one out in the first and went to second on a passed ball by Ruiz. David Wright brought Church in with a double to center, putting the Mets up 1-0. Carlos Beltran hit a line drive to short and Bruntlett doubled Wright off of second to end the frame.

Brian Schneider singled with two outs in the second, but Hamels got Luis Castillo on a fly ball to left for the third out.

With one out in the third, Hamels walked Jose Reyes on four pitches. Reyes stole second, but was hit in the head by Chase Utley’s knee as he slid into second base. He stayed in the game. Ryan Church flew to center for the second out before Wright lined a ball into center. Werth made a bad play, diving for the ball and missing. It skipped past him for a triple. Reyes scored to put the Mets up 2-0. Beltran flew to left to set the Mets down.

Schneider singled with two outs in the fourth, but Castillo grounded to third to end the frame.

Hamels threw a 1-2-3 fifth.

Wright started the sixth with a single. Carlos Beltran was next and hit a ground ball deep in the hole between short and third. Bruntlett made a nice play to field and throw to second in time to force Wright. Carlos Delgado popped to second for the second out before Angel Pagan singled to left, moving Beltran to second. Hamels got Schneider on a fly ball to left to end the frame.

Hamels threw a 1-2-3 seventh.

He started the eighth down 2-1 having thrown 93 pitches. Church started the inning with a single and moved to third when Wright followed with a double. Hamels walked Beltran intentionally to load the bases with nobody out and JC Romero came in to pitch to the lefty Delgado. Delgado grounded out to first for the first out. The runners moved to second and third and Church scored to make it 3-1. Pagan doubled into right center, scoring Wright and putting Beltran on third with the score 4-1. Schneider singled to left, scoring Beltran and moving Pagan to third, making the score 5-1. Castillo grouded to third for the second out with Pagan having to hold third. Romero struck out Santana for the third out.

Two hits in the inning against Romero, including a double, but the runs are charged to Hamels who left with the bases loaded and nobody out.

Lidge started the ninth with the Phillies down 5-4. With one out, Church singled and Wright followed with a walk. Beltran smashed a ball to first base off the heel of Howard’s glove for an error that loaded the bases. Delgado flew to left, deep enough to score Church and make it 6-4. A wild pitch by Lidge moved the runners to second and third before Pagan flew to left to end the frame.

Romero threw 17 pitches and Lidge just 12. Neither pitched well, but both kept their ERA of 0.00 for the year.

The Phillies lineup against lefty Johan Santana went (1) Taguchi (2) Werth (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Feliz (7) Ruiz (8) Bruntlett. With Rollins still unavailable, Bruntlett plays short. Taguchi plays right with Jenkins on the bench against the lefty. Werth in center. Again with both Werth and Taguchi in the lineup Manuel puts Werth in center and Taguchi not in center. Coste on the bench after getting four hits on Thursday.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the first.

Burrell singled with one out in the second, but Feliz and Ruiz went down behind him.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the third.

In the fourth, Utley reached on an error by Delgado with one out. Howard struck out behind him and Burrell flew to left.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the fifth and again in the sixth.

Utley led off the seventh and hit an 0-1 pitch out to right-center, cutting the Mets’ lead to 2-1. Howard, Burrell and Feliz went down behind him.

Ruiz and Bruntlett singled back-to-back to start the eighth, putting men on first and second for the pitcher’s spot. Coste hit for Romero and the Mets called on the righty Heilman. Dobbs hit for Coste and he hit an 0-1 pitch out to right-center for a three-run homer that made the score 5-4 in favor of the Mets. Jenkins hit for Taguchi against the righty and hit one nearly out to the warning track in center. Werth grounded to second behind him. The lefty Pedro Feliciano came in and got Utley swinging to end the inning.

Huge hit for Dobbs and Jenkins nearly tied the game right behind him.

Wagner came in to pitch the ninth and set Howard, Burrell and Feliz down 1-2-3.

Taguchi was 0-for-3 and struck out twice. He’s hitting .235.

Werth was 0-for-4.

Utley was 1-for-4 with his fifth home run.

Howard 0-for-4 and struck out twice to drop his average to .197.

Burrell 1-for-4.

Feliz 0-for-4.

Ruiz 1-for-3.

Bruntlett 1-for-3.

Jamie Moyer (1-0, 5.52) faces lefty Oliver Perez (1-0, 3.38) today. These pitchers faced each other on April 8 and both pitched well. The Phils won the game 5-2.