Series: Game 1 of 3

Philadelphia leads 1-0 (as of 5/21)

Game 1: Tuesday, May 21
New York 0Final
Philadelphia 4
Game 2: Wednesday, May 22
New York 2Final
Philadelphia 5
Game 3: Thursday, May 23
New York 1Final
Philadelphia 0

Mets 0

(24-21, 13-11 away)

Phillies 4

(19-26, 15-8 home)

    7:05 PM ET, May 21, 2002

    Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

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    W: V. Padilla (6-3)

    L: J. D'Amico (3-4)

    Padilla pitches 8 scoreless; Burrell hits 3-run HR

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Vicente Padilla entered spring training competing for the fifth spot in Philadelphia's rotation. He has emerged as the Phillies' best pitcher.

    Vicente Padilla

    Pat Burrell

    Padilla pitched eight shutout innings and Pat Burrell hit a three-run homer in the eighth, leading the Phillies to a 4-0 victory over the New York Mets on Tuesday night.

    Padilla (6-3) allowed three hits, struck out four and walked two. He has as many wins as the rest of the starters combined.

    ``That was the best fastball, best stuff I've seen this year,'' Mets manager Bobby Valentine said.

    Jose Mesa pitched a scoreless ninth for the Phillies, who have won two straight after losing six consecutive games during a road trip.

    The Mets have lost two in a row after a five-game winning streak.

    It was scoreless when Jimmy Rollins hit a double off Jeff D'Amico (3-4) with one out in the eighth. After Marlon Anderson flied out, Scott Rolen hit an RBI single.

    D'Amico left after intentionally walking Bobby Abreu, and Burrell hit a three-run homer off David Weathers to make it 4-0. Burrell has 11 homers and 33 RBI in 109 career at-bats against the Mets.

    ``It was a 3-2 slider over the middle of the plate,'' Burrell said. ``I was just looking for a pitch to hit.''

    D'Amico, who tossed a two-hit shutout in his last start against Los Angeles, had pitched 16 straight scoreless innings before the eighth. He allowed three runs, five hits and struck out seven in 7 2-3 innings.

    ``I just keep thinking about the pitch to Rolen,'' D'Amico said. ``It was a stupid pitch.''

    Padilla allowed back-to-back singles to Roger Cedeno and Roberto Alomar to start the game, but didn't give up another hit until Alomar led off the seventh with an infield single.

    The Phillies helped the right-hander by turning three double plays, including two on Mike Piazza.

    ``I believe it was my best game,'' Padilla said through an interpreter. ``I felt a little better than last time. I was able to keep my fastball down.

    Padilla was four outs away from a no-hitter against his former team Arizona on May 10, and finished with a two-hit shutout. He gave up five runs in his next start.

    ``This is the best I've seen him pitch,'' Phillies manager Larry Bowa said. ``He was in complete command. Against that lineup, that was unbelievable. He pitched great.

    D'Amico struck out Travis Lee with a runner on third to end the fourth inning. He fanned Abreu to leave a runner on second in the sixth.

    Weathers hadn't allowed a run in his last 10 appearances, spanning 13 2-3 innings before Burrell's homer.

    ``It was a terrible sequence to him,'' Weathers said. ``I hate to ruin the game when Jeff pitched so well. It was a bad pitch in my part.''

    Game notes

    The Phillies are 15-8 at home and 4-18 on the road. ... There were more cheers for the Mets from the crowd of 21,090 at the start of the game than for the Phillies at Veterans Stadium. Philadelphia has the third-lowest attendance total in the NL. ... D'Amico has pitched at least six innings in seven of his nine starts, and has allowed three runs or less in the same amount. ... Mets RF Jeromy Burnitz went 0-for-3 with a strikeout. He has three hits in his last 26 at-bats. SS Rey Ordonez was 0-for-2 and is in a 3-for-31 slump. ... Phillies RHP Robert Person, on the disabled list with tendinitis in his right elbow, allowed two runs and three hits in 3 1-3 innings in a rehab start with Triple-A Scranton.

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