Semi-Lucky Seven: Mets Win, But Aid Braves

While the Braves were clinching their 11th division title in 12 years, the Mets were busy tryingto build so-called momentum for the 2003 season by winning their 7th game in a row, beating the Phillies 6-4 to complete a four-game sweep and leave Philadelphi, with the previously hot Phillies, reeling.

It was a bittersweet win for the Mets, because when they beat the Phillies, that automatically clinched the division for the Braves. Mike Piazza hit a grand slam that capped off the win for the Mets.

After the Phillies scored once in the fourth, with Pat Burrell hitting yet another home run off of Mets pitching. It was a two run home run.

The Phillies made it 3-0 in the fourth when Mike Lieberthal hit a run-scoring double off of Jeff D'Amico, who had come in to relieve starter Mike Bacsik.

The Mets came back off of Phillies reliever Mike Timlin, who had come in to relieve Carlos Silva, who had come in to relieve Phillies starter Hector Mercado. John Valentin hit a sacrifice fly to score Ty Wigginton, who had singled to start off the inning and advanced to third via two more singles. Timlin walked Roger Cedeno to load the bases and then walked Roberto Alomar to score another run and make it 3-2. Piazza came up with the bases loaded and hit a home run to right for a grand slam and a 6-3 Mets lead. Unhappy with the balls and strike calls, Timlin showed his frustration and was summarily ejected.

The Phillies threatened against Armando Benitez in the ninth, when Lieberthal had his second run batted in of the game, but Benitez was able to regroup and struck out Travis Lee to end the game.

Notes

-Both Piazza and Wigginton, who was playing for Mo Vaughn, had two hits apiece. D'Amico got the win to raise his record to 6-10 while Timlin fell to 4-5.
-The Mets go to Atlanta tomorrow, and Pedro Astacio(12-8, 3.97) will face Damian Moss (10-5, 3.06).

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