New York (34-36) at Philadelphia (38-33)

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  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Wed Jun 22, 2005
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Unfortunately for the Philadelphia Phillies, their pitching staff is breaking down just as the New York Mets are getting hot at the plate.

The Phillies hope rookie Robinson Tejeda can keep the Mets hitters at bay as they continue their three-game series at Citizens Bank Park.

Philadelphia pitcher Vicente Padilla was slated to start Wednesday’s game, but he was replaced by Tejeda because of an inflamed muscle in Padilla’s neck.

The right-handed Padilla, who is 3-6 with a 6.23 ERA overall, had won three of his last five starts and was beginning to show signs of improvement after struggling in April and early May.

Doug Mientkiewicz and Brian Daubach homered as the Mets beat up on Phillies ace Brett Myers on their way to an 8-5 victory in Tuesday’s series opener.

“They came out swinging the bats,” Myers said. “They were aggressive.”

Pat Burrell hit a two-run homer for Philadelphia, which has lost five of seven after a 12-1 homestand.

Jose Reyes had three hits and Carlos Beltran drove in two runs for the last-place Mets, who had lost three straight and nine of 11. New York went 2-7 against the AL West, averaging just three runs per game.

“It’s a different game, a different focus,” Mets manager Willie Randolph said. “We need to play well within our division.”

Beltran has spent most of the season nursing a quadriceps injury and his numbers have reflected it. The All-Star center fielder is hitting .270 with eight home runs, 35 RBIs and only one stolen base in 63 games. He’s batting .214 (15-for-70) with two home runs in 18 games this month.

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Starting Pitchers

V. Zambrano NYY vs. R. Tejeda Cle
7-12 Record 4-3
4.17 ERA 3.57
112 K 72
77 BB 51
1.48 WHIP 1.38