Bullpen Catastrophe: Mets Dropped 11-7 by Phils

A stretch of series against no one but the Phillies and Braves over the next twelve games, deemed as put up or shut up time for the Mets, started off in horrendous style. The bullpen allowed seven runs in the seventh inning, erasing a 4-1 lead, as the Philadelphia Phillies embarrassed the New York Mets 11-7 inside Shea Stadium on Tuesday night.

Pat Burrell -- who had 17 home runs and 29 RBIs against the Mets in 172 at bats during his career coming into the match up -- began the Phillies' (26-19) sixth by hitting a solo homer over the left center wall to close the Met lead to 4-1.

David Weathers relieved Jae Seo to start the seventh and retired the first batter, but allowed a single to Jimmy Rollins and a walk to Jim Thome before serving up a home run to Pat Burrell which tied the contest.

Graeme Lloyd (1-1) then came into the game, allowing a single to Bobby Abreu before leaving the game in favor of Pat Strange. The rookie walked Mike Lieberthal before surrendering a hit to David Bell that put the Phillies ahead by a run. They broke it open with three more runs to lead 8-4 at the end of the inning.

Jim Thome added his tenth homer of the year with a two run shot in the eighth.

The Mets (19-26) began the game with two consecutive walks against Phillies' starter Brett Myers (4-3). Roberto Alomar singled up the middle to drive in a run and after Cliff Floyd grounded into a double play Jason Phillips singled into right to give the Mets and early 2-0 advantage.

Cliff Floyd extended the Mets lead in the bottom of third when he thumped a two run homer. The left fielder now leads the team in home runs (8) and RBIs (26).

The Mets posted three runs in the ninth with RBI singles from Vance Wilson, Timo Perez, and then a ground out by Roger Cedeno that plated a run.

Jae Seo pitched six innings and allowed just five hits and one run while striking out four and walking two. He lowered his ERA to 3.44 on the season, second on the Mets' staff.

The Mets now have lost seven of Seo's eight starts this season... Phillies' catcher Mike Lieberthal had thrown out just two of 26 baserunners all season, but threw out Roger Cedeno at second on a pitchout in the fifth... 1B Mo Vaughn is seeking his sixth, second opinion on his injured knee and will rejoin the team on Wednesday... Howe said before the game that Cliff Floyd will begin to take ground balls at first in order to give himself more options... Al Leiter (4-2, 4.64) draws Randy Wolf (5-2, 3.24) on Wednesday...

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