Even Burrell Homers In Phillies 10-3 Romp

The Phillies are enjoying their visit to New York City and have outscored the Mets 17-5 in the first two games of the series. All seems well with the Phillies right now as the offense has come alive and the pitching continues to be strong, helping them to a four-game winning streak and returning them to the lead in the National League wild-card standings.

Randy Wolf (10-4) showed why he's an all-star, pitching six strong innings in the Phillies 10-3 drubbing of the New York Mets Friady night. Meanwhile, Mike Lieberthal showed why he should have been an all-star, driving in three runs to help his battery mate to his tenth win of the season.

"It's going to start to sink in now," Wolf said. "The time hasn't been right until after this game but it will. This win helps me enjoy the All-Star Game because it halts any potential bad streaks going in."

Marlon Byrd continues to show how much he's enjoying the leadoff spot, finishing the night with three hits and being the spark that drives the newly explosive Phillies offense. Since Byrd became the Phillies leadoff man last Tuesday, the Phillies have scored 32 runs in four games. The offensive outburst has helped the Phillies snap a four-game losing skid and start on a four-game win streak.

Mets rookie Aaron Heilman (0-2) may eventually be an all-star himself, but he has struggled in his introduction to the majors. Heilman allowed eight runs and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings.

Perhaps the offensive highlight of the night for the Phillies was a homerun for Pat Burrell. It has been over a month since the Phillies left fielder homered and although his swing wasn't pretty, he lifted a fly ball to left that just cleared the fence and stayed just fair down the line. It was Burrell's 12th homerun of the season.

Vance Wilson had two hits and an RBI for New York, which has lost five straight games to fall a season-high 13 games under .500 for the season. The Mets also haven't fared well in the first inning of games at Shea. In their last 20 games at home, the Mets have been outscored 32-3 in the first inning, including being outscored 8-1 in the first two initial frames of this series.

The Phillies early offense started with a Jimmy Rollins single, which he followed with a stolen base. Bobby Abreu then laced an RBI double to left field and Lieberthal dropped an RBI single to center for the first of his RBI on the night.

The Mets got back a run in the second on Vance Wilson's two-out RBI single. Wolf then shut down the Mets over his final four innings, allowing just two singles.

Heilman had also seemed to settle down before the Phillies broke open the game in the fifth, scoring six times while receiving some help from the Mets' shoddy defense along the way. Byrd led off with a single and Rollins and Thome walked to load the bases. After Abreu lofted a sacrifice fly, Lieberthal drilled a two-run double to chase Heilman and give the Phillies a 7-1 cushion.

Dan Wheeler came on and, after Burrell fouled out, Tomas Perez blooped an RBI double into shallow right field as second baseman Jay Bell and Roger Cedeno almost collided. Wolf and Byrd added run-scoring hits, pushing the lead to 10-1.

The Mets got a sacrifice fly from Joe McEwing and a solo homerun from Roger Cedeno to make it a 10-3 game.

The two teams play again Saturday with Brandon Duckworth (3-3, 5.06) going against Jae Seo (5-5, 3.68) for the Mets.


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