Phillies Handle Mets For 7-2 Win

Larry Bowa's new lineup has only had three days to show what they can do, but they've been an impressive three days. Marlon Byrd has taken to the leadoff spot and is hitting nearly .400 in his three games at the top of the order, while Placido Polanco is hitting nearly .600 as the Phillies number two hitter. The two hitters have combined to score 12 runs in three games, including four Thursday night against the Mets in the Phillies 7-2 win.

The Phillies jumped all over Steve Trachsel (8-6), scoring four times before they even had one out in the top of the first inning. Marlon Byrd led off with a single and scored on a double by Placido Polanco to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead. It didn't take long for Polanco to come home, as he scored on Jim Thome's 445 foot homerun to centerfield. Mike Lieberthal topped off the Phillies first inning rally with his sixth homerun of the year as the Phillies quickly had a 4-0 lead.

Vicente Padilla (8-8) didn't have his best stuff of the season, but worked eight full innings, holding the Mets to just two runs. In the bottom of the first, Ty Wigginton doubled to score Timo Perez, making it a 4-1 game. Padilla then stranded Wigginton at second base and pitched out of the inning. The only other Mets run came in the bottom of the ninth on a leadoff homerun by Jason Phillips.

Nick Punto, getting just his third start of the season, hit his first career homerun to leadoff the second inning, giving the Phillies a 5-1 lead. After Padilla struck out, Byrd again got on base with a bloop double to right field. Polanco followed with a carbon copy of his first inning double to score Byrd. Thome was then given an intentional walk and the strategy seemed to work when Lieberthal struck out. Bobby Abreu singled to load the bases for Pat Burrell, who walked on four pitches to pick up an RBI and extend the Phillies lead to 7-1. Pedro Feliciano then relieved Trachsel and got David Bell to pop-out to end the inning. Bell later left the game with a sore back and will be day-to-day for the Phillies.

Feliciano went on to pitch a total of 4 1/3 shutout innings for the Mets. Lefties John Franco and Graeme Lloyd combined for another three shutout innings, but the damage had already been done. The Phillies got 15 hits off Mets pitchers, but stranded 22 runners on base in the game.

Carlos Silva relieved Padilla after Phillips' homerun made it a 7-2 game in the ninth. Silva retired the side in order to end the game.

The series continues Friday night with Randy Wolf (9-4, 3.40) pitching against rookie Aaron Heilman (0-1, 4.76).

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