Series: Game 3 of 3

NY Mets won 2-1

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 5

(24-29, 11-18 away)

Phillies 0

(28-25, 14-11 home)

    7:05 PM ET, May 29, 2003

    Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

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    W: S. Trachsel (4-2)

    L: K. Millwood (7-2)

    Trachsel pitches 6 2/3 shutout innings for Mets

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Even without some of their top hitters, the New York Mets are finding ways to win.

    Steve Trachsel pitched 6 2/3 shutout innings, outdueling Kevin Millwood in the Mets' 5-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday night.

    Cliff Floyd had a two-run double and Rey Sanchez, Jeromy Burnitz and Tony Clark each had RBI doubles for the Mets, who have won four of six against Philadelphia in two weeks.

    New York is 7-4 since All-Star catcher Mike Piazza went down with a severe right groin strain that will keep him out for a while.

    "This proves to us that even though we are missing some key guys in the lineup, we can win some games," Floyd said.

    The Mets also are without first baseman Mo Vaughn, on the 60-day disabled list with an arthritic left knee. Second baseman Roberto Alomar has missed two straight games with a left hip flexor.

    Trachsel (4-2) allowed five hits, struck out five and walked three to win his fourth consecutive start, all on the road.

    Graeme Lloyd pitched 1 1-3 innings, working out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh. Armando Benitez struck out the side in the ninth.

    "Getting a two-run cushion was nice," Trachsel said. "I wanted to be aggressive and stick to my game plan."

    Millwood (7-2) gave up three runs and seven hits in seven innings. He hadn't lost since April 17, winning his last five decisions.

    The Phillies, who scored 11 runs on Wednesday night, again were shut down after an offensive outburst. They have scored in double digits six times this season, but have just 12 runs in the games that followed.

    "It's frustrating," Jim Thome said. "You come out and score a lot of runs. You want to keep it going."

    Roger Cedeno and Sanchez hit back-to-back doubles to start the game, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead. Burnitz's one-out double made it 2-0.

    Clark's two-out double in the sixth scored Floyd to give New York a 3-0 lead.

    "We've been playing solid ball," Clark said. "We're scoring runs of late. We have to keep plugging, doing the little things, moving guys over, getting two-out hits."

    The Phillies' best chance off Trachsel came in the third after Marlon Byrd started the inning with a double. But Millwood failed to bunt Byrd to third and Jimmy Rollins and Placido Polanco each grounded out.

    Philadelphia loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh when Pat Burrell doubled and Trachsel walked pinch-hitters Ricky Ledee and Tomas Perez. But Lloyd came in and struck out Rollins to end the threat.

    "You've got guys who have proven records. You have to sit back and see what happens," Phillies manager Larry Bowa said.

    Floyd's two-run double off Dan Plesac in the eighth put the Mets ahead 5-0.

    The Mets are in a stretch where they play 12 games in a row against the Phillies and the Braves, who lead the NL East. So far, they're 5-4.

    "I thought it was a barometer to see how we matched up," Mets manager Art Howe said. "We feel good about our chances. If we play at the level we've been playing, we can compete with anybody."

    Game notes
    Former Phillies and Mets reliever Tug McGraw visited the teams before the game. It was McGraw's first public appearance since having surgery for brain cancer in March. ... Millwood has pitched at least seven innings in five straight starts. ... The Mets are 13-11 overall without Piazza, 11-18 with him. ... New York is 18-5 when leading after six innings. ... The Mets' six doubles were a season-high. ... Thome has hit in eight straight and has reached safely in 19 in a row.

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