''We didn't win a game at home all month? That's unbelievable,''
he said. ''I'm glad August is over.'' The Mets completed the worst home month in NL history, losing
their 13th straight game at Shea Stadium to Randy Wolf and the
Philadelphia Phillies 1-0 Saturday. Wolf pitched a four-hitter and Jimmy Rollins hit an RBI single
in the eighth inning as the Mets tied a team record for consecutive
home losses set at the end of the 1979 season. At 0-13, the Mets became the first NL team ever to go winless at
home in a month while playing at least 10 games. The 1996 Detroit Tigers (0-16 in September) and the 1969
expansion Seattle Pilots (0-13 in August) had been the only clubs
to do it, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. ''I don't know how many times I could use the word
'frustrated,''' Mets star Mike Piazza said. ''I'd like to come up
with some other words that mean the same thing.'' Philadelphia won for the ninth time in 10 games and moved a
season-high two games over .500. The Phillies did it behind Wolf
(10-7), who extended his scoreless streak to 27 innings and retired
19 straight batters at one stretch. Wolf struck out Roger Cedeno for the fourth time with runners on
first and second to end the game, triggering a chorus of loud boos. The Mets heard scattered booing when they took the field, and
the jeering escalated as the afternoon wore on. Cedeno heard it
when he struck out for the third time with a pair of runners on to
end the seventh, and Piazza was the target after Doug Glanville
stole second without a throw in the eighth, setting up Rollins'
two-out single. The Mets last won at home on July 31, beating Houston 10-0.
Shawn Estes, who has since been traded to Cincinnati, was the
winning pitcher. Wolf pitched his second shutout of the season and fourth of his
career, striking out 10 while walking two. He became the first
Phillies left-hander to post double-digit wins in three straight
years since Terry Mulholland in 1991-93. ''I guess the main thing is that I'm comfortable on the mound,''
Wolf said. ''I can throw anything for a strike. When things are
going right, it makes me that much more aggressive.'' Wolf gave up a single to Raul Gonzalez with one out in the
first, then did not allow another runner until Edgardo Alfonzo's
two-out single in the seventh. Wolf's scoreless streak is the
longest for the Phillies since Curt Schilling's 29-inning string in
1992. ''The last time I was in this groove was back in high school. In
my professional career, I've never been in this kind of groove,''
he said. ''Two years ago, I was a one-pitch pitcher. Now, I have a
better idea of how to pitch.'' Phillies manager Larry Bowa had closer Jose Mesa warming up at
the end, but was adamant that Wolf would finish. ''No matter what, this was Randy Wolf's game,'' Bowa said. Steve Trachsel (8-10) matched zeros with Wolf until the eighth. With two outs, Glanville singled to right, stole second and
Rollins singled. Right fielder Joe McEwing made a fast throw home,
but it was slightly up the third-base line and Glanville slid
around Piazza's tag, touching home plate with his right hand.
A notoriously slow worker, Trachsel was going at a snail's
pace facing Placido Polanco in the fifth with a runner on first.
The at-bat lasted an incredible eight minutes, which included nine
pitches and a couple of pickoff throws, before Polanco struck out.
... Scott Nelson filled in for umpire Jerry Layne at third base.
Layne was hit in the left hand Friday night when a pitch deflected
off batter Ricky Ledee. ... Gonzalez, acquired two weeks in the
deal that sent Estes to Cincinnati, made his Shea debut. ... With
the U.S. Open tennis tournament right across the street, several
players are taking advantage of the chance to see it. Phillies 1B
Travis Lee went Friday and C Mike Lieberthal planned to go Saturday
night, as did Mets reliever David Weathers. Trachsel hoped to go
Sunday. ... The Mets recalled INF Marco Scutaro from Triple-A
Norfolk after the game.