Phillies Look Like A New Team In 7-0 Win

Maybe it was the Larry Bowa explosion, maybe it was the players only meeting, or maybe, the Phillies just got tired of losing. The Phillies came out Friday night and beat the Mets 7-0 behind Kevin Millwood. Millwood, Jim Thome and Dan Plesac convened a players only meeting earlier in the day, to go along with Bowa's post-game tirade the night before in Montreal. The win helped the Phillies keep pace with the Marlins, who beat Montreal, meaning the two teams share the wild card lead in the NL.

Kevin Millwood allowed three singles over eight innings and Pat Burrell hit a two-run homer to continue his torment of the New York Mets as the Phillies halted a six-game losing streak with a 7-0 rout.

The Phillies were just 1-9 on their 13-game road trip and had not gotten a win from a starting pitcher in nearly two weeks. But Millwood (13-9) was in control throughout against a team that won 11 of its previous 15 games. Millwood set down 15 in a row before rookie Jose Reyes reached on a bunt single in the sixth inning. All three hits he gave up came with two outs, and the hard-throwing righthander fanned four while walking one. He threw 68 of 111 pitches for strikes.

Rheal Cormier finished up for the Phillies, who retained a share of the National League wild card lead with the Florida Marlins, who beat Montreal 3-2.

Burrell gave Millwood the only support he needed with a two-run homer off Steve Trachsel (13-8) in the top of the second. It's been a miserable season for Burrell, but four of his 20 home runs have come against the Mets.

Marlon Byrd lifted a sacrifice fly in the fifth and Burrell produced another run in the sixth with a double play grounder.

The Phils broke it open in the ninth as Byrd delivered an RBI single and Placido Polanco and Bobby Abreu added sacrifice flies.

Trachsel had a personal four-game winning streak snapped, giving up four runs and six hits in six innings with a walk and four strikeouts.

The series continues Saturday night with Randy Wolf (12-9, 4.21) going against Tom Glavine (9-11, 4.40).

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