Series: Game 1 of 4

New York leads 1-0 (as of 9/6)

Game 1: Friday, September 6
New York 7Final
Philadelphia 2
Game 2: Saturday, September 7
New York 5Final
Philadelphia 4
Game 3: Sunday, September 8
New York 11Final
Philadelphia 3
Game 4: Monday, September 9
New York 6Final
Philadelphia 4

Mets 7

(65-74, 32-36 away)

Phillies 2

(70-70, 35-33 home)

    7:05 PM ET, September 6, 2002

    Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

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    W: A. Leiter (12-11)

    L: B. Myers (3-4)

    Leiter rebounds to pitch seven solid innings

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Though it's too late to matter, the New York Mets are starting to play like they expected coming into the season.

    Timo Perez

    Jeromy Burnitz

    Jeromy Burnitz hit a three-run homer, Timo Perez had three RBIs and Al Leiter pitched seven solid innings to lead the Mets to a 7-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night.

    The Mets have won four straight since setting an NL record by losing 15 straight home games. The Phillies have dropped four of five to fall back to .500 after sweeping the Mets at Shea Stadium last weekend.

    "Only way to have fun is to be successful,'' said Burnitz, who has homered in two straight games.

    Leiter (12-11) allowed two runs, seven hits and overcame five walks to make up for a 9-5 loss to Philadelphia last Sunday in which he lasted just two innings, the second-shortest outing of his career. Phillies rookie Brett Myers (3-4) gave up six runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings.

    "I think I had good stuff. I just didn't use it right,'' Myers said.

    Burnitz, who has struggled the entire season, gave New York a 4-2 lead during a five-run sixth inning with his 15th homer.

    Mo Vaughn walked with one out and Edgardo Alfonzo followed with a single. Burnitz, batting .208 to that point, then hit a 1-1 pitch deep into the right-field seats.

    "He's been searching for his swing,'' Mets manager Bobby Valentine said of Burnitz, one of New York's high-priced offseason acquisitions that hasn't worked out. "He's found one he's comfortable with.''

    After Raul Gonzalez struck out, Jason Phillips hit a single off Myers' leg and Joe McEwing and Leiter walked. Rheal Cormier entered and Perez hit a two-run single to make it 6-2.

    Perez added an RBI double in the ninth.

    The Phillies, who beat Leiter twice this season, took a 2-0 lead in the first on a two-run single by Placido Polanco.

    Doug Glanville hit a double to start the inning and went to third on Jimmy Rollins' bunt single. After Bobby Abreu struck out, Pat Burrell walked to load the bases.

    Mike Lieberthal fouled out, but Polanco delivered a liner to left that scored Glanville and Rollins.

    Leiter helped himself with a two-out RBI single in the fifth that cut it to 2-1. Phillips hit a one-out single and moved to second on a groundout by McEwing. Leiter, a career .093 hitter to that point, blooped a single to left and Phillips scored without a throw as Burrell mishandled the hop.

    Leiter worked a 3-2 count in each of his three at-bats, finishing with a strikeout, a single and a walk.

    "It's difficult for me to be serious about my hitting,'' Leiter said, trying to keep a straight face. "I had some good at-bats.''

    Myers, the 12th overall pick in the 1999 draft, has shown a propensity for giving up homers in his brief big league career. He has allowed nine in just 57 innings after giving up nine in 128 innings at Triple-A Scranton.

    "He sort of lost his concentration there for a bit,'' Phillies manager Larry Bowa said. "You've got to remember he's 22 years old.''

    Game notes

    Leiter improved to 7-6 with an NL-leading 2.18 ERA in night games. He is 5-5 with a 5.42 ERA in day games. ... Mets C Mike Piazza had the night off because of a day game Saturday. His replacement, Vance Wilson, was hit by a pitch in the second and left an inning later with a lower back bruise. He was replaced by Phillips. ... Vaughn left after he was hit on the left leg by a pitch in the ninth. ... Polanco went 3-for-4 and made three solid plays at third base, including backhanders on grounders hit by Roberto Alomar and McEwing. ... Philadelphia is 21-15 since trading All-Star 3B Scott Rolen to St. Louis. ... The Phillies are 17-23 at Veterans Stadium after starting 18-10 at home.

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