Philadelphia (52-39) at New York (39-53)

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  • Game info: 1:10 pm EDT Sun Jul 13, 2003
  • TV: WPSG
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Brett Myers hopes to post his fifth straight win as the surging Philadelphia Phillies go for a four-game sweep of the struggling New York Mets.

Myers, a 22-year-old right-hander, has won his last four starts, a streak that started with a three-hit shutout against Boston on June 22.

In his last start, a 13-6 win over the Montreal Expos on Tuesday, Myers allowed four runs—three earned—and eight hits in 6 1-3 innings, holding Montreal to two hits and an unearned run through the first five innings.

“He’s 22-years-old and that’s his fourth straight win,” Phillies manager Larry Bowa said after the victory. “Most 22-year-old pitchers are in (Double-A) Reading.”

During the streak, Myers has limited the opposition to three earned runs or fewer three times while striking out 18 and walking just four over 27 2-3 innings.

The Phillies have won five straight since snapping a four-game losing streak, including a 4-2 win over the Mets in 11 innings Saturday.

Placido Polanco’s sacrifice fly scored Jason Michaels with the go-ahead run in the 11th as the Phillies pulled within 7 1/2 games of the first place Atlanta Braves in the NL East. Philadelphia leads the NL wild card race by two games over Arizona.

“We try to make something happen, especially in extra innings,” Polanco said. “After the ninth inning, you just want to win the game, no matter how.”

Polanco, who went 3-for-5 Saturday, is hitting .500 (18-for-36) over his last nine games

“A lot of people don’t know about Polanco,” Bowa said. “If you just watch him play two or three times during the season, you’d say he’s all right. If you watch him play every day, you’d say he knows how to play and is a winner.”

Tyler Houston homered in his first game back from the disabled list and Jim Thome added an RBI double for the Phillies.

Rookie Jeff Duncan hit his first career homer for the Mets, who have dropped six in a row at home since a three-game sweep in Cincinnati last weekend.

Duncan has five hits in his first nine big league at-bats.

STANDINGS: Phillies - 2nd place, 7 1/2 GB, NL East. Mets - 5th place, 21 GB, NL East.

PHILLIES PROBABLE STARTER: Myers (9-6, 3.61 ERA). In three career starts against the Mets, Myers is 2-1 with a 7.13 ERA.

METS PROBABLE STARTER: Tom Glavine (6-9, 4.83 ERA). Glavine has dropped six of his last seven decisions, including a 6-3 loss to Atlanta on Wednesday, leaving him 0-3 with a 9.91 ERA against his former team. The veteran left-hander allowed five runs and seven hits in 5 1-3 innings, tying a season high with five walks. In 46 career starts against the Phillies, Glavine is 24-10 with a 3.42 ERA.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Phillies - Mike Lieberthal, .331 avg.; Thome, 23 HRs, 66 RBIs and 60 runs; Jimmy Rollins, 10 SBs. Mets - Cliff Floyd, .272. and 47 RBIs; Burnitz, 18 HRs; Ty Wigginton, 51 runs; Roger Cedeno, 7 SBs.

SEASON SERIES: Phillies, 5-4.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Phillies - The Phillies are 21-5 when they score in the first inning this season. … The Phillies’ 52 wins are their most before the All-Star break since 1993, when they had 57 and went on to appear in the World Series. … C Lieberthal is 14-for-34 (.412) career against Glavine with three doubles and homer. Mets - The Mets have allowed 70 runs in the first inning, the most they have given up in any inning this season. They have allowed 60 in the fifth inning. … The Mets activated LHP Mike Stanton from the 15-day disabled list Saturday and optioned LHP Jaime Cerda to Triple-A Norfolk. … New York was last swept in a four-game series by the Phillies from June 19-22, 1995 at Shea Stadium.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Phillies - 26-19 on the road; Mets - 19-28 at home.

INJURIES: Phillies - 3B David Bell (back), 15-day DL; RHP David Coggin (shoulder), 15-day DL. Mets - C Mike Piazza (groin), 15-day DL; LHP Al Leiter (knee), 15-day DL; RHP Pedro Astacio (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Grant Roberts (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Scott Strickland (groin), 60-day DL; 1B Mo Vaughn (knee), 60-day DL.

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B. Myers CLE vs. T. Glavine ATL
14-9 Record 9-14
4.43 ERA 4.52
143 K 82
76 BB 66
1.46 WHIP 1.48