Milwaukee (43-63) at New York (43-63)

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  • Game info: 7:10 pm EDT Wed Jul 30, 2003
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Al Leiter hopes to end the New York Mets’ four-game losing streak as they continue their four-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers at Shea Stadium.

Leiter has handled the Brewers well in his career, going 9-2 with a 3.80 ERA in 17 career appearances, including 13 starts.

The veteran left-hander pitched seven scoreless innings for his first win in over a month as the Mets beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-1 on Friday. He allowed six hits, struck out five and walked two to end his personal three-game losing streak.

Leiter has struggled to remain consistent. The 37-year-old lefty spent time on the disabled list with a knee injury and had not won since June 18 at Florida.

The Mets have lost four straight and 16 of 20. New York’s last two losses have come against the Brewers, dropping their record to 2-5 against Milwaukee this season.

Royce Clayton hit a three-run homer and Keith Osik added a solo shot as the Brewers beat the Mets 6-3 on Tuesday.

It was the second straight win for the Brewers following a three-game losing streak.

Both last-place teams are 43-63, but Milwaukee won at Shea Stadium for the fourth straight time—its longest winning streak there in franchise history.

New York starter Tom Glavine had his second one-inning stint of the season against the Brewers, leaving this time because of a right ribcage strain.

“As the night has gone on it has gotten worse,” Glavine said of his injured lower rib. “It is more sore now than when I came out of the game.”

Glavine will be re-examined on Wednesday. His status for his next start is very much in question.

STANDINGS: Brewers - 6th place, 14 GB, NL Central. Mets - 5th place, 27 GB, NL East.

BREWERS PROBABLE STARTER: Wes Obermueller (0-1, 4.50 ERA). Obermueller will be making his fourth career start. The 26-year-old righty pitched six innings, allowing four runs and five hits in a 7-3 loss to Colorado on Friday. It was his only start of the season. He went 0-2 with a 11.74 ERA in two starts for Kansas City in 2002.

METS PROBABLE STARTER: Leiter (9-5, 5.12 ERA). Leiter has allowed two earned runs over the last 12 innings.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Brewers - Scott Podsednik, .297 avg. and 21 SBs.; Richie Sexson, 29 HRs, 80 RBIs and 65 runs. Mets - Jason Phillips, .315 avg.; Cliff Floyd, 17 HRs and 56 RBIs; Ty Wigginton, 55 runs; Wigginton and Roger Cedeno, 7 SBs.

SEASON SERIES: Brewers, 5-2.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Brewers - 3B Wes Helms was held out of the starting lineup Tuesday because of a slightly tweaked right hamstring. Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said Helms would probably miss just one or two days. … RHP Mike DeJean has blown four of his last six save opportunities. He leads the Brewers with 18 saves. … OF Podsednik is fourth in the NL with 21 stolen bases. Mets - New York recalled RHP Jason Roach from Triple-A Norfolk on Tuesday. Roach is 0-2 with 12.00 ERA in two starts this season. … OF Jeff Duncan is mired in a 2-for-22 slump. … INF Rey Sanchez was traded to Seattle on Tuesday for minor league outfielder Kenny Kelly—a former college quarterback at Miami. Sanchez was hitting .207 with 12 RBIs in 174 at-bats this season with New York.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Brewers - 24-28 on the road; Mets - 21-33 at home.

INJURIES: Brewers - RHP Jayson Durocher (shoulder), 15-day DL; LHP Matt Ford (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Nick Neugebauer (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Ruben Quevedo (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Todd Ritchie (shoulder), 15-day DL. Mets - C Mike Piazza (groin), 15-day DL; IF Mo Vaughn (knee), 60-day DL; RHP Pedro Astacio (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Grant Roberts (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Scott Strickland (groin), 60-day DL.

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W. Obermueller Mia vs. A. Leiter NYY
2-5 Record 15-9
5.07 ERA 3.99
34 K 139
25 BB 94
1.61 WHIP 1.49