Mets 5, Phillies 3

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PHILADELPHIA (AP)—New York manager Art Howe didn’t mind the long rain delays—after the Mets had won.

Jason Phillips homered for the third time in two days, and the Mets ended a four-game losing streak with a 5-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday.

Kaz Matsui had two hits and two runs scored and Mike Cameron added a two-run double for the Mets in a game twice delayed by rain for a total of 3 hours, 40 minutes. It was delayed 1:13 before the first pitch and 2:27 at the start of the fourth inning.

“It’s a 12-hour day, but it paid off,” Mets manager Art Howe said.

Phillips, along with many of his teammates, played cards and “just tried to relax” during the two long delays.

“I didn’t know if we were going to get the game in or not,” Phillips said. “The Phillies can thank the grounds crew for this one.”

Six New York pitchers combined to hold Philadelphia to five hits, including four singles. Orber Moreno (1-1) pitched two innings of relief to earn his first major league win. Braden Looper worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his eighth save in nine opportunities.

Cliff Floyd’s RBI double off Brett Myers (3-3) gave the Mets a 1-0 lead in the first inning.

Phillips, the second batter after the fourth-inning delay, hit a long homer off reliever Amaury Telemaco into the left-center field seats for his fifth homer of the season.

Todd Zeile extended the lead to 3-0 in the fifth with an RBI double.

Philadelphia took advantage of Mike Piazza’s fifth error as a first baseman to cut the deficit to 3-2 in the sixth inning.

Chase Utley’s groundball went through Piazza’s legs to start the inning. After Tomas Perez singled and Jason Michael’s walked, David Bell delivered a two-run single with two outs. Moreno escaped further damage when he got Jim Thome to fly out with the bases loaded.

Cameron, mired in a 7-for-63 slump that dipped his average to .194 going into his final at-bat, had a two-run double to left off Roberto Hernandez in the eighth to make it 5-2.

“I probably don’t know it but this probably has done wonders for my confidence,” Cameron said. “It’s a matter of finding my rhythm again.”

Howe added: “That was the biggest hit of the day.”

Pat Burrell’s 10th homer of the season off Dan Wheeler in the bottom half made it 5-3.

Thome went 0-for-4 and left six runners on base for the Phillies.

“Offensively, we didn’t get anything going,” Phillies manager Larry Bowa said.

Both starting pitchers left after the second rain delay.

New York’s Matt Ginter retired nine of the 10 batters he faced with a walk to Mike Lieberthal the lone blemish in three innings. Moreno relieved Ginter after the second delay.

“The wait was way to much for Ginter to come back out,” Howe said. “He did a great job and his pitch count was in tremendous shape. We had to turn it over to the bullpen and they did a great job.”

Myers gave up one run on two hits and struck out two in his three innings.

The short exit also put pressed on the Phillies tired bullpen.

“Losing Myers hurt especially when the bullpen is in trouble,” Bowa said.“But that happens with bad weather.”


The Mets had six extra-base hits, including five doubles. … Piazza, who singled in the eighth, has hit safely in 15 of his last 16 games. … The Phillies have been held to eight hits in the last two games. … The grounds crew had major problems unrolling the tarp at the start of the second delay. The process took close to 15 minutes and left the infield with numerous puddles. … The game was a sellout with a crowd of 43,620, but less than onlyabout 3,000 saw the final out.

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