It was excusable when Jordan Zimmermann and Clayton Kershaw were frustrating the Mets earlier in the week, but then came Hyun-Jin Ryu and last night Kyle Kendrick. Who next to stifle the Mets, Steve Carlton and Dick Ruthven?

The lineup shuffle continued, with David Wright moving to the cleanup spot for the first time this season, but the Mets showed no punch in a 4-0 loss to the Phillies at Citi Field.

The Mets (10-11) have lost three of four games and fell below .500 for the first time in 2013. They have scored two runs or fewer in four of their last five games and are batting .173 over that stretch.

Kendrick (2-1) pitched a three-hit shutout, a day after the Mets managed only three hits over seven innings against the lefty Ryu.

Manager Terry Collins experimented with Mike Baxter in the leadoff spot, ahead of Ruben Tejada, Daniel Murphy and Wright. The idea was Wright thrived in the World Baseball Classic with runners on base ahead of him, and this lineup would give him a chance to replicate that success. But Kendrick had other ideas.

“He was sharp,” Murphy said. “I probably let him off the hook with some short at-bats tonight, but he threw the ball well.”