Phillies 6, Mets 5

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PHILADELPHIA (AP)—Even Tom Glavine couldn’t hold a lead against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Pat Burrell had two hits and two RBIs, helping the Phillies beat Glavine and the New York Mets 6-5 Monday night.

Ryan Madson (6-2) pitched two scoreless innings in relief of an ineffective Paul Abbott as the NL East-leading Phillies improved to a season-best seven games over .500 (44-37), including 6-2 during a season-high 14-game homestand, with their 27th comeback victory. Only the New York Yankees (31) have rallied to win more games this season.

“We don’t panic and our pitchers are allowing us to get back in the game,” Burrell said.

One day after being selected to his ninth NL All-Star team, Glavine (7-6) gave up six runs and 10 hits in six innings in his worst outing this season.

Richard Hidalgo set a team record by homering in his fifth consecutive game, and Cliff Floyd also homered for New York, which fell three games behind the Phillies.

The Mets, who swept a three-game series in Philadelphia last month, had won four straight, including a three-game sweep of the Yankees at Shea Stadium.

“It was one of those nights. They came out to swing the bats, too,” Mets manager Art Howe said.

Tim Worrell pitched a scoreless eighth, and Billy Wagner finished with a perfect ninth for his 13th save in 15 chances.

“We battled a great pitcher and put some runs up on him,” Wagner said.

Philadelphia, which trailed 3-0 in the first, tied it at 3 on Placido Polanco’s sacrifice fly in the second. Bobby Abreu followed with an RBI single for a 4-3 lead. Jim Thome drove in Abreu with a double, and Burrell added an RBI double that made it 6-3.

Floyd cut it to 6-5 with a two-out, two-run single in the fifth that chased Abbott. Madson came in and retired Hidalgo on a soft liner to second with two runners on.

Abbott gave up five runs—two earned—and four hits in 4 1-3 innings in his fifth start with the Phillies since Tampa Bay released him.

The Mets took a 2-0 lead on Floyd’s two-run homer in the first. Hidalgo followed with a shot into the upper deck in left field to make it 3-0. A throwing error by Jimmy Rollins on Kaz Matsui’s one-out grounder to shortstop led to the runs.

An RBI single by Burrell and run-scoring double by David Bell cut it to 3-2 in the bottom half. Floyd saved two runs with a backhanded, diving catch on Mike Lieberthal’s sinking liner to left.

Glavine had allowed six earned runs combined in his previous four starts, before giving up six in the first two innings. His ERA, the best in the majors coming in, rose from 2.16 to 2.49.

“There were a couple pitches early on. If you’re not getting much on one side of the plate, especially for me, it makes it kind of hard,” Glavinesaid.

Notes

Mets LHP John Franco pitched in his 1,071st game, tying Dennis Eckersley for second place on the career list behind Jesse Orosco (1,252). … Hidalgo has homered in eight of 16 games since joining the Mets. He had four homers in 58 games with Houston. … A crowd of 41,571 gave the Phillies 22 sellouts in 42 games at Citizens Bank Park. … Polanco, Rollins and Abreu extended their hitting streaks to 10 games. … Madson’s six wins lead all NLrookies.

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