Phillies Rout Mets for Second Straight Night, 10-3

Just when you thought things couldn't get any uglier at Shea Stadium for the Mets, they did. After posting a 7-2 victory on Thursday night to take the series opener, Philadelphia came back to duplicate that performance. Rookie Aaron Heilman endured his second consecutive poor outing, this time yielding eight runs and eight hits over 4 1-3 as the Philadelphia Phillies cruised to 10-3 victory over the New York Mets on Friday evening.

Pat Burrell homered, Mike Lieberthal added two hits along with three RBIs, and Randy Wolf (10-4) tossed six innings of one run ball as the Phillies won for the fourth consecutive game. A four run eruption to start the game and then six more in the fifth sent the Mets to their fifth straight loss.

Philadelphia (51-39) posted four runs in the first inning for the second consecutive night, this time off Mets starter Aaron Heilman (0-2). Bobby Abreu doubled a run home and Mike Lieberthal plated another with a single before Pat Burrell -- a career .302 hitter against the Mets with 19 homers and 54 RBIs -- deposited his twelfth homer over the year, a two run shot, over the left field wall.

"It was nice, especially getting that four-spot early," Wolf said to the Associated Press. "Going out there, it was really nice to see that."

New York (39-52) closed the gap to three in the bottom of the second when Vance Wilson singled into center to drive home Ty Wigginton, but that was as close as Art Howe's struggling team managed to get.

"I know we're scuffling, but we're not that bad," Mets manager Art Howe said to the Associated Press. "The pitching has got to get better. They have to learn from this, so they don't have this feeling again. I don't want it again. I'm not enjoying this at all."

The Phillies put the game away in the fifth on RBI doubles by Mike Lieberthal and Tomas Perez, RBI singles by Randy Wolf and Marlon Byrd, and a sacrifice fly by Bobby Abreu. The scoring was aided by several Met miscues, including Roger Cedeno and Jay Bell unable to communicate on a pop up in shallow right.

Aaron Heilman -- who lasted just four innings after surrendering five runs in his start on Sunday in Cincinnati -- worked 4 1-3 innings and gave up eight hits and eight runs while walking two and striking out four.

"That's my job -- to keep my team in it and give us a chance to win it," Heilman said to the Associated Press. "Giving up eight runs doesn't really give us a chance to win."

Randy Wolf -- receiving a no decision and a loss in his previous two starts against the Mets this season -- pitched six innings and allowed four hits and one run while not allowing a walk and fanning four.

Roger Cedeno added his second homer of the season in the seventh off Hector Mercado.

There was a thirty-six minute rain delay before the start of the game... LHP Randy Wolf is the lone Phillie heading to the All-Star game on Tuesday night in Chicago... The Mets came into the game having averaged just 2.8 runs per game over their four previous losses... 1B Thome is in need of one homer to tie Yogi Berra for 60th place on the all-time list with 358... 3B David Bell was out of the starting the lineup after being forced to leave Thursday's game in the third inning with tendonitis in his hip... RHP Jae Weong Seo (5-5, 3.68) goes up against LHP Brandon Duckworth (3-3, 5.06) on Saturday afternoon...

Writer Christopher Guy covers the Mets daily for Send him your questions or comments at

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