Mets Keep Phillies Off Trach, Win 5-0

On a day that the Mets found out they would most likely be without a player all year who was supposed to be an offensive stalwart for them this season, they received offensive blows from another player they figured would drive home runs for them at the beginning of the season. They also received a great pitching performance from what was supposed to be their fourth starter and reserve reliever this season, fitting the script that has seen the Mets win two straight series against the Phillies.

"This proves to us that even though we are missing some key guys in the lineup, we can win some games," Cliff Floyd said to the Associated Press.

Cliff Floyd went 2-4 with a double and run scored in the first, along with a two RBI double in the eighth. They also received an RBI single from Jeromy Burnitz, and Rey Sanchez reached base three times. New York pounded out nine hits en route to a 5-0 lead.

The Mets came out of the chute hitting, scoring two runs in the first inning on three doubles against Philadelphia starter Kevin Millwood, who took the loss. Floyd scored on a double by Tony Clark in the sixth inning, and drove in Rey Sanchez and Ty Wigginton with his double in the eighth. Floyd was thrown out at trying to take third on the throw.

"Getting a two-run cushion was nice," Trachsel said to the Associated Press. "I wanted to be aggressive and stick to my game plan."

Steve Trachsel, who won his fourth straight start, pitched magnificently, going 6.2 shut out innings, striking out five. He left with the bases loaded and two outs in the seventh, but Graeme Lloyd was able to strike out Jimmy Rollins swinging to remove himself from danger. Armando Benitez came on to pitch a scoreless ninth in a non-save opportunity.

The Mets met with Mo Vaughn, who is on the sixty day disabled list with no cartilage in his knee, and his agent today in New York. Both sides decided to see if Mo could avoid surgery, but one official in the organization said it was highly unlikely that Vaughn could avoid the surgery. Jason Phillips, who got the night off, and Tony Clark have been playing first base in Vaughn's absence.

The Mets go back to Shea for a three game series with the Braves starting Friday. Friday's pitching matchup features old teammates going against each other for the first time, with Tom Glavine hosting Greg Maddux.

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