Philadelphia (71-69) at New York (61-78)

  • Game info: 7:10 pm EDT Fri Sep 10, 2004
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Though the odds are really stacked against them, the Philadelphia Phillies are still thinking about the postseason.

The Phillies will try to continue their solid play of late when they open a three-game series against the New York Mets.

Philadelphia enters this series 5 1/2 games behind leaders San Francisco and Houston in the NL wild-card race, but appears to have a little momentum going, something it couldn’t say last month when it dropped 16 of 28 and kissed its NL East title hopes goodbye.

With Thursday’s 9-4 victory, the Phillies won the final three games of their four-game series at first-place Atlanta.

First baseman Jim Thome knows their deficit may be insurmountable, but says the Phillies plan on playing hard the rest of the season.

“Maybe we can play spoiler, and go into the winter with a positive note,” Thome said. “You have to stay positive. You want to make a lot of people happy. You want to make the club happy, you want to make the fans happy, and be the guy that gets on a roll that maybe provides the lift.”

The Mets also hope to save some face the rest of the way. New York ended an embarrassing 11-game losing streak with Thursday’s 4-0 win over Florida.

New York totaled 11 hits even with Mike Piazza and Cliff Floyd taking the day off. Eric Valent, who started for a slumping Floyd, hit his 11th home run.

The Mets were still in the wild-card chase just two weeks ago, but now they’re looking forward to next season. New York took a lead for the first time in 60 innings when Mike Cameron doubled in the second and scored on a single by Jason Phillips.

“I don’t remember the last time we had the lead,” manager Art Howe said. “Was it 1959? That’s what it seems like.”

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