PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Back in a hitter-friendly park against a
familiar opponent, the New York Mets' offense thrived.
Pat Burrell hit a two-run homer for Philadelphia, which has lost
five of seven after a 12-1 homestand.
Jose Reyes had three hits and Carlos Beltran drove in two runs
for the last-place Mets, who had lost three straight and nine of
11. New York went 2-7 against the AL West, averaging just three
runs per game.
"It's a different game, a different focus," manager Willie
Randolph said. "We need to play well within our division."
Kris Benson (6-2) gave up five runs -- four earned -- and nine
hits in six innings. Royce Ring pitched a perfect seventh. Roberto
Hernandez worked the eighth and Braden Looper finished for his 14th
save in 16 chances.
Brett Myers allowed six runs and 10 hits in 3 1/3 innings, his
worst outing of the season. Myers (5-4) had allowed three runs or
less in 12 of his first 14 starts. His ERA rose from 2.19 to 2.66.
"They came out swinging the bats," Myers said. "They were
Mientkiewicz led off the eighth with a solo shot off Ugueth
Urbina to give the Mets a 7-5 lead. Daubach's pinch-hit homer also
came off Urbina one out later.
"In this park, we know five runs isn't enough," Mientkiewicz
said. "At 6-5, we didn't feel good."
The Phillies closed to 6-5 in the fourth after a two-out rally
sparked by reliever Aaron Fultz's single. Fultz advanced to second
on a wild pitch and scored on Jimmy Rollins' single. Rollins went
to second on a throwing error by Mientkiewicz and scored on Kenny
"He let down a little bit," Randolph said of Benson. "You
have to stay focused and not allow a pitcher to start a rally like
Burrell's two-run shot deep into the left-center seats cut it to
5-3 in the third.
But the Mets chased Myers in the fourth with another run. Reyes
tripled with one out. David Wright walked and Beltran followed with
an RBI single to make it 6-3.
An RBI single by Victor Diaz scored Mientkiewicz, who doubled to
start the second, to give the Mets a 2-1 lead. Consecutive two-out
RBI doubles by Wright and Beltran, and Cliff Floyd's run-scoring
single put the Mets ahead 5-1.
Reyes beat out a routine grounder to shortstop to start the
game, stole second, advanced to third on a groundout and scored on
a balk to give the Mets a 1-0 lead.
Jim Thome's RBI single in the first tied it at 1.
Philadelphia is 12-19 against the NL East, 26-14 against the
rest of the majors.
"We've got to beat the teams in our division," manager Charlie
Manuel said. "No better time than right now."
The Phillies sold 6,300 walk-up tickets -- the most since
Citizens Bank Park opened last year -- to reach a sellout. ...
Phillies reliever Tim Worrell, who went on the disabled list for
personal reasons on May 6, allowed one hit and struck out two in 1
1/3 innings at Class-A Lakewood. ... Burrell has 28 homers and 76
RBI in 326 career at-bats against the Mets. ... It was Daubach's
second career pinch-hit homer and the first time he has connected
in the NL. ... The Mets are 8-2 in Benson's starts.