Mets Battered By Phillies In 11-3 Rout

The Mets were looking to build on their victory over the Phillies on Wednesday night, and were hoping to have Pedro Astacio keep pitching well. The Mets were unable to take advantage of Vicente Padilla's six walks, scoring only one run, in the first innning, and Astacio got banged around, only pitching four innings, as the Mets lost 11-3.

The Mets, knowing that Padilla had a history of giving up runs in the first inning, jumped all over him right away. Roger Cedeno led off with a triple and scored when Rey Sanchez pushed a groundball to the right side. They threatened for more when both Cliff Floyd and Jason Phillips walked with two outs, but Ty Wigginton grounded into a fielders choice to end the inning.

The Mets showed something in the bottom of the second they hadn't shown in a while: good defense. Jimmy Rollins led off the first inning with a single, and then immediately took off for second. Vance Wilson fired a perfect strike to second, and Rollins, who had stolen seven consecutive bases, was out by a good foot or two. He tipped his helmet to Wilson as he jogged off the field.

Astacio got into trouble again in the second inning, and this time the Phillies made him pay. He walked Bobby Abreu, then hit Mike Lieberthal with a pitch. Former Yankee prospect Ricky Ledee then yanked an Astacio pitch that didn't sink into the right field bleachers to give the Phillies a 3-1 lead. Astacio might have gotten into even more trouble if Cliff Floyd hadn't saved him by running down a deep drive by David Bell before crashing into the fence. The fence won the battle but Floyd won the war by holding onto the ball.

The Phillies added another run in the third, when Astacio began laboring after getting two outs. Bell singled in Jim Thome to make it 4-1.

Rollins didn't have to worry about being thrown out in the fourth, as he teed off on an Astacio offering, hitting a long solo home run to right to make it 5-1.

Thome launched a blast of his own off of Astacio in the fifth to make it 6-1. Astacio walked Abreu and then Lieberthal doubled to score Abreu and make it 7-1. Art Howe had seen enough and removed Astacio, bring in the lefty Pedro Feliciano. Feliciano got out of the inning with no more damage done.

David Cone came on in the sixth and promptly gave up a solo home run to Placido Polanco, making it 8-1.

Pat Strange came on in the eighth inning and gave up a three-run home run to Abreu to make it 11-1.

The Mets added a run in the ninth, when Joe McEwing singled in Phillips. They addede another when Roger Cedeno singled in Wilson.


-Roberto Alomar sat out another game with his strained hip flexor. McEwing played in his place.
Thursday's series-closing matchup will be between Kevin Millwood (7-1, 2.84),who has won his last seven decisions, and Steve Trachsel (3-2, 4.68).

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