Zeile hit a tying solo homer in the eighth and a go-ahead RBI
single in the 10th and Matsui got a key single and steal before
scoring the go-ahead run to help the New York Mets beat
Philadelphia 4-1 on Tuesday night.
Matsui, hitless in his four previous at-bats, singled to open
the 10th and stole his seventh base of the season on the next
pitch. Phillies manager Larry Bowa argued that Zeile interfered
with Todd Pratt's throw, but plate umpire Tim Welke disagreed.
"Big hits," Mets manager Art Howe said. "He just had a great
night for us."
Zeile, who played 134 games with the Phillies in 1996, added a
tough defensive play with one out in the bottom of the 10th that
helped seal the victory. Zeile charged a chopper hit to him at
third by Pat Burrell, snagged it on a short hop and threw to first
to keep the tying run on deck.
"That play he made in the last inning, that's a big-league
play," Howe said. "I don't know how many third basemen actually
make that play."
Mets starter Al Leiter, making his first appearance since going
on the disabled list with shoulder tendinitis on May 11, threw five
scoreless innings. Leiter displayed an excellent changeup and
allowed only three hits and four walks.
Braden Looper got three outs in the 10th for his ninth save in
Ricky Bottalico (2-0), an All-Star with the Phillies in 1996,
allowed two hits in 1 2/3 scoreless innings for the victory.
"You look at that lineup, and there's six guys that can hurt
you," Bottalico said of his former team. "To win against a team
the caliber of the Phillies is definitely nice."
Zeile earlier tied the score with his fourth homer of the year to start the eighth after the Phillies took a 1-0 lead on Doug Glanville's RBI single in the seventh.
Zeile's home run to left off Rheal Cormier kept Phillies starter
Kevin Millwood from getting the win. He had his best outing of the
season, allowing four hits and striking out six in seven scoreless
Millwood, who has not gone more than seven so far this year,
walked just two after setting a career high with six in his last
"My mechanics felt a lot better," Millwood said. "My pitches
were working. I'm definitely on the right path."
Philadelphia put two runners on base in the first, third and
fourth innings against Leiter, but could not score.
On the night, the Phillies were 1-for-14 with runners in scoring
position, making them seven for their last 71 in that situation.
"It's not together right now. That's the nature of the game,"
Bowa said. "We're just not hitting with runners in scoring
After Leiter singled in the fifth, Millwood started the bottom
of the inning with a double down the third-base line to extend his
hitting streak to five games. Jimmy Rollins then moved Millwood to
third on a sacrifice bunt, but Leiter retired Glanville and got
Jason Michaels to fly out on pitch No. 84 to end the threat.
Howe said Leiter was on a pitch count of about 90-100 pitches.
"He said he started to feel a little fatigued warming up for
the last inning," Howe said. "That was a good-enough sign."
Leiter said he felt fine afterward and was confident he could
have gone at least one more inning.
"I said I'd be honest with Art and [pitching coach] Rick
(Peterson)," Leiter said. "I'm not that good at that. I usually
Smarty Jones trainer John Servis threw out the ceremonial
first ball. ... Rollins, Glanville and Michaels -- Nos. 1-3 in the
Phillies' lineup -- were a combined .233 with 3 HRs and 13 RBI
entering the game. They were 4-for-11 on the night. ... Mets LF
Cliff Floyd made a leaping catch in the fourth on a line drive from
Pratt to preserve the scoreless tie. ... Burrell saved a pair of
runs with diving catches in the sixth and ninth innings.