Phillies 4, Mets 1
Padilla held the Mets hitless for six innings and Jim Thome homered as Philadelphia completed a three-game sweep of New York with a 4-1 victory Sunday.
The Phillies, tied with Florida for the NL wild-card lead, finished 4-9 on a four-city road trip. Philadelphia had lost six in a row coming into the series.
“After the road trip we’ve had, to be able to sweep three games here was really tremendous,” Thome said.
Mets rookie Jose Reyes, who broke up the no-hit bid with an infield single leading off the seventh, injured his left ankle trying to break up a game-ending double play.
Reyes seemed to catch his spikes in the dirt as he slid into second. He writhed in pain on the infield while fans and teammates watched in a hushed Shea Stadium. Trainers and Mets manager Art Howe rushed to Reyes’ side, and he was carted off the field as fans filed toward the exits.
But the Mets got good news after the game. X-rays did not reveal a fracture, and Reyes was day-to-day with a sprained ankle.
“It was a sigh of relief,” interim general manager Jim Duquette said.
The 20-year-old shortstop has provided the brightest ray of hope for the future in a disappointing Mets season. Called up from the minors in June, the speedy Reyes is hitting .307 with five homers, 32 RBIs, 47 runs and 13 steals.
“I pray it’s nothing serious. That kid’s going to be a great player,” Phillies manager Larry Bowa said.
Padilla (12-9) allowed one run and two hits without issuing a walk in eight innings. He struck out five, improving to 7-1 career against the Mets.
“He just had such great control and kept those hitters off-balance all day,” Phillies catcher Todd Pratt said.
Padilla retired 24 of his 27 batters. Jose Mesa pitched the ninth for his 24th save in 27 chances.
“We ran into the trifecta in this series—they had three great pitching performances,” said Howe, whose team scored just three runs on 11 hits in the series. “We just had trouble getting any hits.”
Thome led off the second inning with a high drive into the left-center bleachers off Mets starter Jae Weong Seo (8-9) for his 37th homer.
Padilla sacrificed both runners up a base and Byrd lined a double down the left-field line that scored Pratt and Perez.
Padilla lost his no-hit bid and shutout in a span of three batters in the seventh. Reyes opened with an infield single and scored on a one-out double to center by Tony Clark.
The right-hander retired the first 14 Mets before hitting Ty Wigginton in the back with a 1-2 pitch in the fifth inning.
Over the first six innings, Padilla allowed the Mets to hit only two balls to the outfield, a fly to center by Roger Cedeno in the first inning and another to shallow center by Jason Phillips in the fifth.
Seo allowed four runs and four hits in six innings with one walk and fourstrikeouts.
August is the first month this season the Phillies have not won more games than the month before. They finished with 13 wins in August. … The Phillies have won just six of their last 23 road games. … Clark has started 45 games for the Mets at first base this season and has 26 of his 39 RBIs inthose starts.