The Phillies chipped away with a run in the second and went ahead in the third when David Bell doubled home Jimmy Rollins and later scored on a double by Jim Thome to take a 3-2 lead. Padilla seemed to have regrouped somewhat until Cliff Floyd stepped to the plate in the bottom of the third inning. Floyd, who had homered in each of the first two games of the series and in three out of his last four games coming into Thursday, went deep for his tenth homerun of the season off Floyd to tie the game 3-3.
Padilla and Mets starter Pedro Astacio (3-1) were okay until the sixth inning when Padilla's gas tank hit "E". After a double-play left the Mets with two outs and nobody on base, a single by Vance Wilson and a walk to Joe McEwing put runners on first and second. Timo Perez then pinch-hit for Astacio and promptly doubled to drive home two runs and give the Mets a 5-3 lead. Padilla got Cedeno to ground out to end the inning without any further damage and was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the top of the seventh.
Carlos Silva was perfect in the eighth and the Phillies gave up an unearned run in the ninth, expanding the Mets lead to 6-3.
The Mets bullpen worked three perfect innings, with David Weathers striking out two in two innings of work and Armando Benitez striking out two in the ninth to record his thirteenth save of the season.
The Phillies now travel to Montreal to play the hot Expos, who have won 11-of-15. Kevin Millwood (6-1, 2.87) goes against Zach Day (4-1, 2.63) in the series opener Friday night. Brandon Duckworth goes against Tomo Ohka Saturday and Brett Myers works against Expos ace Javier Vazquez Sunday afternoon.