Mets Do It Again And Beat Phillies 7-5 In Philly

Just when you thought a series with the Mets might be a laugher. When you think the Mets have sunk so low that they couldn't possibly pose a threat, it all happens. The Mets came to town and took both games of a short two-game series with the Phillies, even beating Kevin Millwood in the process. Perhaps, rock bottom for the Mets came when they blew a big lead to the Braves on Sunday and their trip to Philly is the start of the rebound.

Kevin Millwood (10-7) was uncharacteristically wild and a small strike zone didn't help him out much. Millwood hit three batters and walked three in a poor outing as the Phillies suffered through their second straight loss at the hands of the New York Mets, losing Tuesday's Business Person's Special 7-5.

Millwood came in having hit just one batter this season. But the right-hander may have had trouble gripping the ball due to searing humidity and plunked three batters, including Jason Phillips with the bases loaded. In just 3 2/3 innings, Millwood gave up five runs and seven hits as he lost for the first time in five starts. He fell to 5-5 lifetime against the Mets, including 0-2 this season.

Ty Wigginton's two-run double in the first inning gave the Mets a 2-0 lead and Phillips bases loaded plunking in the second put them up 3-0. The Mets added two more runs when Roger Cedeno, who has been much maligned by both the fans and manager Art Howe, singled to drive in two runs and suddenly, it looked ugly. It looked even uglier when Jeff Duncan hit a sacrifice fly to chase home another run as the Mets went up 6-0.

The Phillies dented Steve Trachsel in the fifth when pinch-hitter Ricky Ledee grounded out with runners on first and third, allowing one run to score. By the sixth inning, the heat seemed to get to Trachsel and the Phillies did more damage. Jim Thome singled and later scored on Bobby Abreu's RBI double. Pat Burrell followed with a triple that was misplayed by Cedeno and Abreu scored to make it 6-3. After Tomas Perez struck out, Todd Pratt walked and Nick Punto followed with a single up the middle and suddenly, the Phillies had cut the Mets lead to 6-4.

The Phillies bullpen, which was used heavily in Monday night's loss, was hanging in there until the Mets added a run off Mike Williams in the eighth inning and went up 7-4.

The Mets bullpen, which has struggled, ran into trouble in the ninth. John Franco started the inning and got the first out before Marlon Byrd singled. Placido Polanco grounded out, but Byrd moved to second and later took third on defensive indifference. Jim Thome then doubled to score Byrd and Abreu followed with a single to put runners on first and third with two outs. Dan Wheeler then relieved Franco and Abreu quickly stole second, putting the tying run in scoring position with Burrell at the plate. Burrell, who finished the day 1-for-5, struck out to end the game, giving Wheeler his second save of the season.

The Phillies move on to Chicago for a two-game series with the Cubs. Randy Wolf (10-5, 3.29) goes against Matt Clement (7-8, 4.40) in Wednesday night's series opener.


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