Phillies 10, Mets 3

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NEW YORK (AP)—Randy Wolf wanted to head to his first All-Star game on a positive note. The Philadelphia Phillies made sure he felt good about things before he even threw a pitch.

Pat Burrell homered to cap a four-run first inning, and Mike Lieberthal drove in two runs in Philadelphia’s six-run fifth as the Phillies cruised to a 10-3 victory over the New York Mets on Friday night.

“It was nice, especially getting that four-spot early,” Wolf said. “Going out there, it was really nice to see that.”

Wolf (10-4) allowed one run and scattered four hits over six efficient innings.

“You know it’s big for you not to let any runs score when they give you that kind of lead,” Wolf said. “You just try to hurry back and get the guys back in the dugout and keep the momentum going.”

Wolf rebounded from his worst start of the year—a 6-3 loss to Florida in which he allowed three runs in the first inning Sunday—as the Phillies won their fourth straight and improved to 4-1 on their road trip.

“It was good for me to get this win,” Wolf said. “Now, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, I can sit back and enjoy going to the All-Star game.”

The Phillies jumped on rookie Aaron Heilman (0-2) early, sending the Mets to their fifth loss in a row—all at home.

“I know we’re scuffling, but we’re not that bad,” Mets manager Art Howe said. “The pitching has got to get better. They have to learn from this, so they don’t have this feeling again. I don’t want it again. I’m not enjoying this at all.

“I’m tired of guys cross home plate against us.”

Marlon Byrd and Tomas Perez each had three of Philadelphia’s 14 hits.

“We’ve been playing good all year, pitching and defense,” Phillies manager Larry Bowa said. “Now, we’re getting some timely hitting and scoring runs.”

In the first, Jimmy Rollins hit a one-out single, and Bobby Abreu drove him in with an RBI double one out later. Lieberthal, who had three RBIs, followed with a soft, looping single to center to make it 2-0.

Burrell, who’s had remarkable success at Shea Stadium, hit an 0-1 pitch from Heilman into the first deck in left field to give the Phillies a 4-0 lead. It was Burrell’s 11th career homer at Shea, and third against the Mets this year.

“This is a team deal here,” Burrell said. “You take a lot of pressure off your pitching staff. It’s important to give Wolfie a four-run lead in the first. That’s what you want to do.”

New York got a run back in the second on Vance Wilson’s RBI single.

Philadelphia broke it open in the fifth, scoring six times. Byrd hit a leadoff single and Rollins and Jim Thome walked to load the bases. Abreu drove in a run with a sacrifice fly, and Lieberthal followed with a two-run double— ending Heilman’s night.

Dan Wheeler came in and got one out, but Perez drove in another run on a play that was indicative of the type of night the Mets had.

Second baseman Jay Bell dashed out to right as Roger Cedeno came charging in after Perez’s blooper. Bell tried to make the play, but the ball hit off the top of his glove and fell to the ground as Bell and Cedeno fell over each other and Perez ended up on second with a double.

Wolf helped himself with an RBI single, and Byrd made it 10-1 with his second hit of the inning—an infield single.

Heilman allowed eight runs and eight hits in 4 1-3 innings in his fourth major league start—by far his worst.

“That’s my job—to keep my team in it and give us a chance to win it,” Heilman said. “Giving up eight runs doesn’t really give us a chance to win.”

Joe McEwing hit a sacrifice fly and Cedeno homered in the seventh to make it10-3.

Notes

The Phillies placed 3B David Bell on the 15-day disabled list after the game with a lower back strain, and activated INF Tyler Houston. … The start was delayed 36 minutes by rain. … The starting lineups were announced before the game in both English and Spanish as part of the Merengue Night festivities, and Cedeno received a smattering of boos both times. … Mets OF Cliff Floyd was out of the lineup again, sidelined by a sore right wrist. He hasn’t played since Monday, but could return as a pinch-hitter before the All-Star break. … LHP Tom Glavine will start the series finale Sunday for the Mets on three days’ rest after allowing five runs and seven hits in 5 1-3 innings Wednesday in a loss to Atlanta. … The Mets have allowed 11 total runs in the first inning oftheir last three games.

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