Mets 7, Phillies 5

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PHILADELPHIA (AP)—New York’s youngsters are giving the Mets hope for the future.

Ty Wigginton, Jason Phillips and Roger Cedeno each had two RBIs, leading the Mets to a 7-5 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday.

Rookie center fielder Jeff Duncan and 20-year-old shortstop Jose Reyes—the top two hitters in the order—each had two hits and reached base a total of seven times.

“You have to like what you see,” Mets manager Art Howe said. “It’s nice to have those two weapons at the top.”

Steve Trachsel (9-6) gave up four runs—three earned—and six hits in 5 1-3 innings, helping the Mets complete just their second sweep this season. New York, which took two games from the Phillies after losing four straight in Atlanta, swept a three-game set against Cincinnati earlier this month.

Dan Wheeler got the final out for his second save, striking out Pat Burrell with runners on second and third.

John Franco, seeking his second save in two days, allowed an RBI double to Jim Thome in the ninth and left after Bobby Abreu followed with a single.

“I just didn’t have my location,” Franco said. “I’m glad we got the win. Everybody picked everybody up.”

The NL wild card-leading Phillies have lost two straight after winning eight of 10.

Kevin Millwood (10-7) allowed five runs and seven hits in 3 2-3 innings— the third time he has failed to pitch past the fourth inning in 22 starts. Millwood walked three and hit three batters. He had allowed just six runs combined in his previous four starts.

“It was just a bad day. I didn’t have my control,” Millwood said.

Trailing 6-0 in the fifth, the Phillies scored their first run on an RBI groundout by pinch hitter Ricky Ledee. A single by Thome, double by Abreu and two-run triple by Burrell cut it to 6-3 in the sixth, chasing Trachsel.

Nick Punto’s RBI single off Graeme Lloyd made it 6-4, but Edwin Almonte struck out pinch-hitter Jason Michaels with two runners on to end the inning.

Mike Stanton retired Burrell on a fly out to center to end the seventh with two runners on.

“It’s hard to play catch-up,” Phillies manager Larry Bowa said.

A two-out RBI single by Phillips off Mike Williams gave the Mets a 7-4 lead in the eighth.

Wigginton’s two-run double in the first put the Mets ahead 2-0. Millwood hit Phillips with the bases loaded to force in a run in the second, giving New York a 3-0 lead.

Cedeno chased Millwood with a two-out, two-run single in the fourth that made it 5-0.

A squeeze bunt by Duncan off Carlos Silva scored Joe McEwing for a 6-0 lead in the fifth.

The Mets began the season with high expectations after adding two-time NL Cy Young Award winner Tom Glavine and slugger Cliff Floyd to a team that already included Mike Piazza, Roberto Alomar, Mo Vaughn, Jeromy Burnitz, Al Leiter and Armando Benitez.

But a slow start and injuries buried the Mets in last place. Piazza and Vaughn are out with injuries, and Alomar, Benitez and Burnitz have been traded.

“It’s an ongoing process,” Phillips said. “We have to keep improving.”

Notes

Plate umpire Paul Emmell left in the seventh after experiencing trouble with the heat. The temperature at the start of the game was 89 degrees. … Millwood was 6-0 at Veterans Stadium with the Braves. He’s 3-5 at the Vet this year. Millwood had hit just one batter this season. … The Mets are 7-5 against the Phillies, 13-23 against the rest of the NL East. … Trachsel is 5-1 at the Vet. … Franco, who missed all of last season after elbow surgery, hadn’t saved a game since June 19, 2001, before Monday. Franco is second on thecareer saves list behind Lee Smith with 423. Smith had 478.

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