Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 5/28)

Game 1: Tuesday, May 27
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Game 2: Wednesday, May 28
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Game 3: Thursday, May 29
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Mets 3

(23-29, 10-18 away)

Phillies 11

(28-24, 14-10 home)

    7:05 PM ET, May 28, 2003

    Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

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    W: V. Padilla (4-6)

    L: P. Astacio (3-2)

    Phillies hit five home runs to help snap losing skid

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Philadelphia Phillies hope they can build on this offensive performance.

    Ricky Ledee

    Ricky Ledee and Bobby Abreu hit three-run homers and Vicente Padilla pitched seven solid innings, leading the Phillies over the New York Mets 11-3 Wednesday night.

    Jim Thome, Jimmy Rollins and Placido Polanco each had solo homers for the Phillies, who stopped a three-game losing streak.

    It was the sixth time Philadelphia scored in double digits this season. But the Phillies have averaged just 2.4 runs in the five games that followed those offensive outbursts.

    "We needed one of these. Hopefully it snowballs. I've said that before,'' Phillies manager Larry Bowa said. "We have to be more consistent. You're not going to get 11 runs every night. There's a happy medium. We have to find it.''

    The Phillies had scored just 18 runs in their previous six games, five losses. They are averaging 4.8 runs per game, but only 3.7 runs excluding the double-digit games.

    "Hitting is contagious,'' Ledee said. "Hopefully, it carries over. We have to come out with the same attitude.''

    Padilla (4-6) allowed one run and three hits in his first victory since shutting out the Atlanta Braves on April 19. Despite a career-high six walks, he improved to 5-1 against the Mets.

    Mets starter Pedro Astacio (3-2) gave up seven runs and eight hits in four innings.

    "He struggled with his command, and couldn't get in any kind of groove,'' Mets manager Art Howe said. "He just couldn't hit his spots.''

    Ledee gave the Phillies a 3-1 lead in the second inning with his fifth homer. Abreu walked to start the inning and Mike Lieberthal was hit by a pitch. Ledee then hit a 2-1 pitch deep into the right-field seats for his fourth homer in 13 at-bats against Astacio.

    Rollins' solo shot with two outs in the fourth made it 5-1. Thome led off the fifth with his 11th homer to put the Phillies ahead 6-1. Polanco homered off David Cone in the sixth for an 8-1 lead. Abreu hit his shot off Pat Strange in the eighth.

    "I wish I'd been a little sharper,'' said Cone, making his first appearance since coming off the disabled list. "I still think I can help this team. That's what all athletes feel when they're nearing the end.''

    The Mets took a 1-0 lead on a RBI groundout by Rey Sanchez in the first. Roger Cedeno started the game with a triple to center that Ledee misjudged.

    Padilla didn't allow another runner past second base after Cedeno. He retired Jason Phillips on a flyout to right with two on to end the third, and got Ty Wigginton to hit into a double play with two on to end the sixth.

    An All-Star in his first season as a starter last year, Padilla had been 0-4 with a 4.18 ERA in his last five starts.

    "It was my first win in a while and I'm glad to help the team out,'' Padilla said through an interpreter. "I hope to do the same thing next start.''

    Game notes

    The Phillies hadn't hit five homers in a game since May 9, 1999, at Colorado. ... Ledee is 8-for-13 with six RBIs off Astacio. ... The Mets are 12-11 without Mike Piazza, 11-18 with him. Piazza, an All-Star catcher, is out with a groin injury. ... Rollins was caught stealing in the first, breaking a string of six consecutive steals by the Phillies and seven by him. ... The Mets have scored first in 12 of their last 15 games. ... Thome's homer measured at 364 feet was the shortest of the five.

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