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Trachsel pitches 6 2/3 shutout innings for Mets

5/30/2003

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Even without some of their top hitters, the
New York Mets are finding ways to win.

Steve Trachsel pitched 6 2/3 shutout innings, outdueling Kevin
Millwood in the Mets' 5-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on
Thursday night.

Cliff Floyd had a two-run double and Rey Sanchez, Jeromy Burnitz
and Tony Clark each had RBI doubles for the Mets, who have won four
of six against Philadelphia in two weeks.

New York is 7-4 since All-Star catcher Mike Piazza went down
with a severe right groin strain that will keep him out for a
while.

"This proves to us that even though we are missing some key
guys in the lineup, we can win some games," Floyd said.

The Mets also are without first baseman Mo Vaughn, on the 60-day
disabled list with an arthritic left knee. Second baseman Roberto
Alomar has missed two straight games with a left hip flexor.

Trachsel (4-2) allowed five hits, struck out five and walked
three to win his fourth consecutive start, all on the road.

Graeme Lloyd pitched 1 1-3 innings, working out of a
bases-loaded jam in the seventh. Armando Benitez struck out the
side in the ninth.

"Getting a two-run cushion was nice," Trachsel said. "I
wanted to be aggressive and stick to my game plan."

Millwood (7-2) gave up three runs and seven hits in seven
innings. He hadn't lost since April 17, winning his last five
decisions.

The Phillies, who scored 11 runs on Wednesday night, again were
shut down after an offensive outburst. They have scored in double
digits six times this season, but have just 12 runs in the games
that followed.

"It's frustrating," Jim Thome said. "You come out and score a
lot of runs. You want to keep it going."

Roger Cedeno and Sanchez hit back-to-back doubles to start the
game, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead. Burnitz's one-out double made it
2-0.

Clark's two-out double in the sixth scored Floyd to give New
York a 3-0 lead.

"We've been playing solid ball," Clark said. "We're scoring
runs of late. We have to keep plugging, doing the little things,
moving guys over, getting two-out hits."

The Phillies' best chance off Trachsel came in the third after
Marlon Byrd started the inning with a double. But Millwood failed
to bunt Byrd to third and Jimmy Rollins and Placido Polanco each
grounded out.

Philadelphia loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh when
Pat Burrell doubled and Trachsel walked pinch-hitters Ricky Ledee
and Tomas Perez. But Lloyd came in and struck out Rollins to end
the threat.

"You've got guys who have proven records. You have to sit back
and see what happens," Phillies manager Larry Bowa said.

Floyd's two-run double off Dan Plesac in the eighth put the Mets
ahead 5-0.

The Mets are in a stretch where they play 12 games in a row
against the Phillies and the Braves, who lead the NL East. So far,
they're 5-4.

"I thought it was a barometer to see how we matched up," Mets
manager Art Howe said. "We feel good about our chances. If we play
at the level we've been playing, we can compete with anybody."

Game notes
Former Phillies and Mets reliever Tug McGraw visited the
teams before the game. It was McGraw's first public appearance
since having surgery for brain cancer in March. ... Millwood has
pitched at least seven innings in five straight starts. ... The
Mets are 13-11 overall without Piazza, 11-18 with him. ... New York
is 18-5 when leading after six innings. ... The Mets' six doubles
were a season-high. ... Thome has hit in eight straight and has
reached safely in 19 in a row.

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