PHILADELPHIA -- The Mets did not need Yoenis Cespedes writhing in pain, on one knee in the batter's box, pain enveloping his left hand.
They did not need Steven Matz and Wilmer Flores complaining of creaky backs, or a 3-hour and 59-minute game that dragged long into a windy night, or a bean ball skirmish that led to the emptying of both dugouts.
Yet, this is what the Mets got Wednesday night, drama they did not need in a mostly empty ballpark in an unsightly 7-5 loss to the Phillies.
"It was an ugly game," manager Terry Collins said.
If there was good news, it was that it could've been worse. Consider Cespedes, whose X-rays came back negative after he was plunked by an 89 mph fastball from Justin DeFratus. He was diagnosed with a bruise in the ring and middle finger of his left hand.
"That's always a scary place where he got hit," said Collins, who was encouraged enough by the results that Cespedes could be back in action by the weekend.
Cespedes, through a club spokesman, said he didn't believe the injury was severe. He expressed relief at the negative X-rays.
Meanwhile, Flores left the game with what the team later called lower back spasms.
Cespedes entered hitting .287 with 17 homers and 44 RBIs since his arrival with the Mets just before the trade deadline. His plunking Wednesday night reignited simmering tensions.
Little more than a month ago, Mets reliever Hansel Robles infuriated the Phillies when he threw a quick pitch at Cameron Rupp, whose head was still down and thus unable to protect himself in case of an errant pitch.
The tactic drew the ire of Phillies bench coach Larry Bowa. Neither team seemed to forget.
Cespedes was replaced by Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who was plunked in the fifth. Mets starter Logan Verrett hit Odubel Herrera in the back in the Phillies' half of the fifth.
Umpire Bob Davidson issued warnings.
Yet, in the sixth, Robles threw a 94 fastball up and in to Rupp. It was on yet another quick pitch. He was ejected, along with Collins.
"Listen, you can't miss that bad," Collins said he told the pitcher after the game.
The benches emptied, though players retreated after a brief staredown. But Robles said he will continuing using the quick pitch.
"There's nothing wrong with my quick pitch," Robles said through a translator. "It only creates a little bit of an issue with this team . . . so I'm going to continue to do it."
The night held the promise of an easy win for the Mets, who took a 5-0 lead in the first on a three-run homer by Daniel Murphy and a two-run shot by Michael Conforto.
But by the sixth, it had devolved into a disaster. The Phillies chipped away, eventually going ahead 6-5 in the sixth on a two-run single by Freddy Galvis.
Galvis scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch by Carlos Torres.
The teams combined to throw seven wild pitches.
The Mets entered play one game of the Dodgers for home-field advantage in the NLDS.
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