Roller Coaster Continues With Sweep of Mets

One bad inning was enough to do in Steve Trachsel and the New York Mets. The Phillies put together a four-run third inning and the held on to pick up a 4-2 win over the reeling Mets. The loss gives the Mets nine straight losses, while the Phillies series of ups and downs reached another up portion of their season-long roller coaster ride.

After Pat Burrell singled to lead off the third, Mike Lieberthal deposited a 3-1 pitch from Steve Trachsel (10-13) over the left field fence to break a scoreless tie. Pitcher Brett Myers (8-9) followed with a ground-rule double and scored one pitch later on Jimmy Rollins two-run homer to put the Phillies ahead, 4-0.

Myers, who has struggled of late, made the lead stand up, allowing two runs and three hits in seven innings en route to his first win in five starts. Myers was removed in the eighth after surrendering a homerun to Jason Phillips and walking Wilson Delgado.

Billy Wagner, making his first appearance since July 21, relieved Myers and recorded the next three outs in order. Rheal Cormier hit Cliff Floyd to start the ninth, but Tim Worrell got Richard Hidalgo to ground into a double play and struck out rookie David Wright for his 17th save.

Trachsel, who did not give up a hit after the third, allowed six hits and walked three in seven innings and lost for the fifth straight start.

The Phillies start a four-game road trip, starting with four games in Atlanta. Eric Milton (13-3, 4.64) faces Jaret Wright (13-6, 4.19) in the series opener Monday afternoon at Turner Field.


NY METS (2) VS PHILADELPHIA (4) - FINAL NY METS a b r h rbi bb so lob avg J Keppinger 2b 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 .229 T Zeile 1b 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 .229 C Floyd lf 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .263 R Hidalgo rf 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 .253 D Wright 3b 4 1 1 1 0 1 0 .294 G Williams cf 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 .241 J Phillips c 2 1 1 1 0 1 1 .203 W Delgado ss 2 0 0 0 1 1 2 .286 S Trachsel p 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .176 a-E Valent ph 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .280 b-M Piazza ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .263 B Looper p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Totals 28 2 3 2 1 4 9 a-hit for S Trachsel in the 8th; b-struck out swinging for E Valent in the 8th. BATTING: 2B - G Williams (8, B Myers). HR - D Wright (10, 5th inning off B Myers 0 on, 0 Out), J Phillips (7, 8th inning off B Myers 0 on, 0 Out). S - S Trachsel. RBI - D Wright (26), J Phillips (29). Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - S Trachsel 1, J Keppinger 1. GIDP - R Hidalgo. Team LOB - 3. FIELDING: DP: 2 (S Trachsel-T Zeile, W Delgado-J Keppinger-T Zeile). PHILADELPHIA ab r h rbi bb so lob avg J Rollins ss 4 1 1 2 0 0 0 .280 J Michaels cf 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 .262 B Abreu rf 3 0 1 0 1 0 1 .294 J Thome 1b 3 0 0 0 1 1 0 .276 D Bell 3b 3 0 1 0 1 1 3 .291 C Utley 2b 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 .267 P Burrell lf 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 .265 M Lieberthal c 2 1 1 2 1 0 0 .255 B Myers p 3 1 1 0 0 0 1 .178 B Wagner p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 R Cormier p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 T Worrell p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Totals 28 4 7 4 4 3 7 BATTING: 2B - B Myers (4, S Trachsel); J Michaels (6, S Trachsel). HR - M Lieberthal (14, 3rd inning off S Trachsel 1 on, 0 Out), J Rollins (10, 3rd inning off S Trachsel 1 on, 0 Out). RBI - M Lieberthal 2 (49), J Rollins 2 (56). Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - D Bell 2. GIDP - B Myers. Team LOB - 4. BASERUNNING: CS - B Abreu (4, 2nd base by S Trachsel/J Phillips). FIELDING: DP: 1 (J Rollins-C Utley-J Thome). ---------------------------------------------------- NY METS - 000 010 010 -- 2 PHILADELPHIA - 004 000 00x -- 4 ---------------------------------------------------- NY METS ip h r er bb so hr era S Trachsel (L, 10-13) 7 6 4 4 3 3 2 4.13 B Looper 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 2.04 PHILADELPHIA ip h r er bb so hr era B Myers (W, 8-9) 7 3 2 2 1 2 2 5.28 B Wagner (H, 1) 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 3.03 R Cormier (H, 22) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.75 T Worrell (S, 17) 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 3.91 B Myers pitched to 2 batters in the 8th. R Cormier pitched to 1 batter in the 9th. HBP - J Phillips (by B Myers); C Floyd (by R Cormier). Pitches-strikes: S Trachsel 108-57; B Looper 18-10; B Myers 89-57; B Wagner 19-11; R Cormier 2-0; T Worrell 5-5. Ground balls-fly balls: S Trachsel 9-7; B Looper 3-0; B Myers 9-10; B Wagner 0-2; R Cormier 0-0; T Worrell 2-0. Batters faced: S Trachsel 27; B Looper 5; B Myers 26; B Wagner 3; R Cormier 1; T Worrell 2. UMPIRES: HP--Tony Randazzo. 1B--Adam Dowdy. 2B--Fieldin Culbreth. 3B--Tim Mcclelland. T--2:23. Att--43,628. Weather: 71 degrees, overcast. Wind: 15 mph, right to left.


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