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Mets rookie Heilman continues to struggle

7/11/2003

NEW YORK (AP) -- Pat Burrell homered to cap a four-run first
inning, and Mike Lieberthal drove in two runs in Philadelphia's
six-run fifth as the Phillies cruised to a 10-3 victory over the
New York Mets on Friday night.

Randy Wolf (10-4), headed to his first All-Star game, allowed
one run and scattered four hits over six innings as the Phillies
won their fourth straight and improved to 4-1 on their road trip.

The Phillies jumped on rookie Aaron Heilman (0-2) early, sending
the Mets to their fifth loss in a row -- all at home.

Marlon Byrd and Tomas Perez each had three of Philadelphia's 14
hits.

In the first, Jimmy Rollins hit a one-out single, and Bobby
Abreu drove him in with an RBI double one out later. Lieberthal,
who had three RBI, followed with a soft, looping single to center
to make it 2-0.

Burrell, who's had remarkable success at Shea Stadium, hit an
0-1 pitch from Heilman into the first deck in left field to give
the Phillies a 4-0 lead. It was Burrell's 11th career homer at
Shea, and third against the Mets this year.

New York got a run back in the second on Vance Wilson's RBI
single.

Philadelphia broke it open in the fifth, scoring six times. Byrd
hit a leadoff single and Rollins and Jim Thome walked to load the
bases. Abreu drove in a run with a sacrifice fly, and Lieberthal
followed with a two-run double -- ending Heilman's night.

Dan Wheeler came in and got one out, but Perez drove in another
run on a play that was indicative of the type of night the Mets
had.

Second baseman Jay Bell dashed out to right as Roger Cedeno came
charging in after Perez's blooper. Bell tried to make the play, but
the ball hit off the top of his glove and fell to the ground as
Bell and Cedeno fell over each other and Perez ended up on second
with a double.

Wolf helped himself with an RBI single, and Byrd made it 10-1
with his second hit of the inning -- an infield single.

Heilman allowed eight runs and eight hits in 4 1-3 innings in
his fourth major league start -- by far his worst.

Joe McEwing hit a sacrifice fly and Cedeno homered in the
seventh to make it 10-3.

Game notes
The start was delayed 36 minutes by rain. ... The starting
lineups were announced before the game in both English and Spanish
as part of the Merengue Night festivities, and Cedeno received a
smattering of boos both times. ... Mets OF Cliff Floyd was out of
the lineup again, sidelined by a sore right wrist. He hasn't played
since Monday, but could return as a pinch-hitter before the
All-Star break. ... LHP Tom Glavine will start the series finale
Sunday for the Mets on three days' rest after allowing five runs
and seven hits in 5 1-3 innings Wednesday in a loss to Atlanta. ...
The Mets have allowed 11 total runs in the first inning of their
last three games.