Mets Continue Offensive Romp; Beat Cards 13-5

When the Mets lost on Saturday, they did so in dramatic fashion. Scoring five runs in the bottom of the ninth against the beleaguered St. Louis bullpen, they started a rally that they continued and never really ended on Sunday. The youth-infused Mets stroked 18 hits and scored 13 runs, exposing the weak Cardinal pitching staff for the second straight day.

The day looked liked groundhog's day in the first, with Jeremy Griffiths, starting in place of an injured Tom Glavine, giving up a homerun to Bo Hart, who hit a grandslam off of Jae Weong Seo yesterday. However, unlike Mets rookies in recent starts, Griffiths was able to settle down afterwards. He allowed only one more run, of the unearned variety due to a Ty Wigginton error on a slow hit ground ball by none other than Bo Hart, the energetic thorn in the Mets' side. Tino Martinez drove Hart in with a single.

Griffiths' overall line saw him throw seven innings, allowing one earned runs on six hits and one walk and striking out four.

The offense was also charged by the play of it's own rookies, with Jose Reyes going 2-5 with a well struck single, an infield knock, showing the variety of ways that he can beat a team with. He stole a base that helped manufacture a run in the third, and nearly tagged on his fifth walk of the year, if not for a questionable strike two call by homeplate umpire Dan Iassogna. Still, Reyes produced four quality at bats, working the Cardinal hurlers to set up his own on base endeavours and the ones of his teammates behind him.

Jason Phillips also showed strong patience at the plate, and was rewarded handsomely for it. Phillips fouled off several pitches in the seventh before singleing home Reyes, the second time he drove in Reyes on the day. Phillips finished with three RBI to match his three runs scored and three hits in five at bats. Phillips, and his wife Kelly are expecting the birth of their first child, Jason Jr., and may miss the first game of the Astros' series in Houston starting on Tuesday.

The veterans of the team were a big part of the offense on Sunday, as well. Cliff Floyd was 3-4 with an RBI and two runs scored and Tony Clark hit homers from both sides of the plate and drove in five.

Every starting position player knocked at least one hit on the day, and with the exception of Ty Wigginton, they all had two or more hits.

Dave Weathers, impressive in his two inning outing Wednesday night to preserve a 2-0 Al Leiter victory, was less impressive on Sunday. He allowed three runs in the final two frames of the game, and only the Mets five run eighth inning preserved the game's blow out status.

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