With their six-game losing streak over, Pat Burrell and the Philadelphia Phillies will now try to break the deadlock atop the National League wild-card race when they continue their weekend series with the New York Mets at Shea Stadium.
The Phillies took the opener 7-0 on Friday, ending their slide and improving to 2-9 on a season-high 13-game road trip. They are tied with only Florida for the wild card lead after starting the day in a five-way tie.
Burrell hit a two-run homer for Philadelphia, his 20th of the season. The slugging left-fielder has done more damage against the Mets than any team, accounting for 21 homers and 60 RBI in 60 career games.
In six games leading up to Friday, Burrell had been hitting just .130 (3-for-23) with two RBIs.
Randy Wolf, who has 12 wins this season, will start for Philadelphia.
Wolf, the Phillies’ lone All-Star game representative after going 10-4 with a 3.31 ERA in the first half, is just 2-5 with a 6.60 ERA since the break.
The left-hander has lost his last two starts, allowing 16 runs, 13 hits and eight walks over six innings. In Monday’s 12-1 loss at Montreal, Wolf was knocked out after allowing nine runs and six hits in 1 2-3 innings.
“My mechanics makes me more deceptive and I locate the ball,” Wolf said. “Right now I don’t have either. At the same time, I have the ability to fix it and that’s what I have to do.”
Despite Friday’s loss, the Mets have won 11 of 16 with their starting pitchers going 11-3 with a 2.32 ERA in that span.
Tom Glavine, who is 3-0 with a 1.07 ERA over his last four starts, will take the hill for New York.
The left-hander tied Bob Gibson for 42nd place on the all-time victory list with 251 by defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1 on Sunday. He is two victories shy of tying Carl Hubbell for eighth all-time in victories among southpaws.
The two-time Cy Young Award winner is 24-10 all-time against the Phillies with a 3.42 ERA in 47 starts.
STANDINGS: Phillies - 2nd place (tied), 14 GB, NL East. Mets - 5th place, 25 1/2 GB, NL East.
PHILLIES PROBABLE STARTER: Wolf (12-9, 4.21 ERA). Wolf is 1-4 over his last six starts, allowing 31 runs in 30 innings for a 9.30 ERA. He is 1-1 with a 3.06 ERA in three starts against New York this season. In 14 career starts against the Mets, he is 3-3 with a 3.36 ERA.
METS PROBABLE STARTER: Glavine 9-11, 4.40 ERA). Against the Dodgers on Sunday, Glavine allowed one run and two hits over seven innings. The Mets recorded a 4-3 home victory over the Phillies in Glavine’s start on July 13, but he didn’t receive the decision after giving up two runs and eight hits over six innings. He hasn’t lost since July 24 at Montreal.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Phillies - Mike Lieberthal, .321 avg.; Jim Thome, 36 HRs, 100 RBIs and 86 runs; Bobby Abreu, 17 SBs. Mets - Cliff Floyd, .290 avg., 18 HRs and 68 RBIs; Ty Wigginton, 64 runs; Jose Reyes, 13 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Mets, 7-6.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Phillies - LF Burrell has 12 homers and 32 RBIs in 33 career games at Shea. … CF Marlon Byrd, who had two RBIs Friday, has hits in 10 of his last 11 games. … LHP Wolf is 1-0 with a 1.64 ERA in two starts at New York this season. Mets - LHP Glavine is 3-7 with a 5.70 ERA at home, compared to 6-4 with a 3.33 ERA on the road. … SS Reyes had a bunt single on Friday for his 38th hit in the month of August, a club record for any month. Jay Payton set the previous record of 37 in June 2000. … C Mike Piazza, batting .320 on the season, is 5-for-22 (.227) over his last seven games.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Phillies - 32-37 on the road; Mets - 29-36 at home.
INJURIES: Phillies - INF David Bell (back), 15-day DL; RHP Terry Adams (oblique), 15-day DL; RHP David Coggin (shoulder), 15-day DL. Mets - OF Floyd (Achilles’), 15-day DL; RHP Pedro Astacio (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Scott Strickland (groin), 60-day DL; 1B Mo Vaughn (knee), 60-day DL.