Phillies 7, Mets 0

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NEW YORK (AP)—Kevin Millwood knew how to stop the Philadelphia Phillies’ losing streak.

Millwood allowed only three hits in eight innings and the Phillies broke a six-game slide Friday night with a 7-0 victory over the New York Mets.

“I was trying everything I could to get guys out,” said Millwood, who struck out four and walked one.

Pat Burrell hit a two-run homer for Philadelphia, which improved to 2-9 on its 13-game road trip. The Phillies are tied with Florida for the NL wild-card lead.

Millwood (13-9) allowed singles to Timo Perez in the first inning, rookie Jose Reyes in the sixth and Ty Wigginton in the seventh.

“Everybody knows what we have to do,” Millwood said. “I got by on stuff that I didn’t think was extraordinary. The fastball was OK, slider was OK. I used the curveball more than usual and I even got a guy out on a changeup—and that never happens.”

Rheal Cormier pitched a perfect ninth to finish Philadelphia’s 11th shutout of the season.

“We ran into a tough customer tonight. He pitched a great game,” Mets manager Art Howe said of Millwood. “Once he got the lead, he was intent on keeping it. We only got three hits, and one of them was a bunt.”

Burrell again victimized the Mets, hitting a homer against them for the 21st time in his career. In four years in the majors, Burrell has homered off the Mets far more than anyone else.

He connected for his 20th home run of the season overall, putting the Phillies ahead in the second inning against Steve Trachsel (13-8).

Mike Lieberthal led off the second with a single and, after Jim Thome struck out, Burrell hit a line drive off the left-field foul pole.

Marlon Byrd’s sacrifice fly made it 3-0 in the fifth after Jimmy Rollins doubled to right and moved to third on Millwood’s sacrifice.

Mets center fielder Jeff Duncan made a superb catch on Byrd’s drive but had no chance to throw out Rollins.

Lieberthal singled in the sixth, advanced to third on Thome’s single and scored when Burrell grounded into a double play to make it 4-0.

The Phillies added three runs in the ninth against Jason Anderson on an RBI single by Byrd and sacrifice flies from Placido Polanco and Bobby Abreu.

Trachsel gave up four runs on six hits in six innings, walking one andstriking out four.


Reyes’ bunt single in the sixth was his 38th hit in August, setting a Mets’ record for most hits in any month. Jay Payton set the record of 37 in June 2000. … Millwood has won four of six decisions lifetime at SheaStadium.

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