The Mets also intentionally walked Utley in the ninth to face Ryan Howard, whose two-out single to right scored the game-winning run. On the day, Utley went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and finished a double shy of his first career cycle.
Utley is hitting .417 (10-for-24) with one triple, two home runs and six RBIs in six games on the homestand. The recent hot streak followed a .050 (1-for-20) slump during a six-game road trip through New York and Washington.
"I wish I had an answer for you," Utley said about his recent struggles on the road. "I felt like earlier in the year, I was hitting better on the road than at home. Now, it's kind of changed the last few homestands. There's no rhyme or reason for it."
Utley entered the afternoon sixth out of 19 qualifying second basemen in baseball with a .782 OPS.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.