Joy of Six: Mets Win Sixth In A Row

9/-With their season all but over, the Mets saw their oft-missing offense come back to life. In winning their sixth straight game,they banged out 15 hits and got good pitching from starter John Thomson and recently-recalled Satoru Komiyama as they thumped Phillies starter Brandon Duckworth and the Phillies 11-3.

In the first inning, with two outs and two men on in the form of Timo Perez and Edgardo Alfonzo, Duckworth threw a 1-2 pitch to Burnitz that appeared to clip the corner. It was ruled a ball, and Burnitz took advantage of his new life, rifling the ball to right field to score Perez to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. Ty Wigginton then poked a ball into the gap between right and center to score both Alfonzo and Burnitz and give the Mets a 3-0 lead.

The Mets scored again in the second when Roger Cedeno singled to score Rey Ordonez, who had singled and been sacrificed to second by Thomson.

The Phillies got on the board in the bottom of the second when Todd Pratt hit a fielder's choic with runners on second and third. Phillies starter Brandon Duckworth then singled to score a run and make it 4-2.

Vance Wilson made it 7-2 with a three-run home run in the third. Before the Phillies could blink, after Ordonez struck out, Cedeno and Thomson singled and Perez drove them both in with a double and make it 9-2. That sent the Phillies relief pitchers scurrying to warm up in the bullpen.

Vance Wilson added another RBI when he singled in Alfonzo to make it 10-2.

Pat Burrell hit yet another home run against the Mets, but it was a solo shot and only made the score 10-3.

Wigginton hit a solo home run to make it 11-3.


-Phillies manager Larry Bowa was ejected by home plate umpire Lance Barksdale for arguing balls and strikes in the second. Bowa put on his usual incindiary performance before leaving.
-Five Mets had two-hit days: Cedeno, Perez, Burnitz, Wigginton and Wilson.
-The Mets get a chance to complete a four-game sweep of the Phillies on monday. Mike Bacsik (3-1, 4.47) will start for the Mets and Hector Mercado (2-1, 5.82) will start for the Phillies.

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