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Burrell sparks Phillies to third straight victory

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- If the Philadelphia Phillies played this way
on the road, they'd run away with the division.

Terry Adams pitched six strong innings and Pat Burrell drove in
two runs, leading Philadelphia to a 5-2 victory over the New York Mets on Wednesday night.

The Phillies have won three straight after losing six in a row
during a road trip, and are 10-1 at Veterans Stadium this month.
Their 4-18 record away from home is tied with Detroit for worst in
the majors.

"I don't know what it is. I can't explain it,'' Phillies
manager Larry Bowa said. "We played fairly well on the road last
year. We're doing the same things.''

Despite their woeful road record and a club-record 18 losses in
April, the Phillies are just four games behind the first-place Mets
in the NL East, even though more than two-thirds of the season
remains.

"The way we've played on the road, we should be eight or 10
games out,'' catcher Mike Lieberthal said.

The Mets have lost three consecutive games following a five-game
winning streak.

Burrell, who hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning of
Tuesday's 4-0 victory, gave the Phillies a 2-0 lead in the first
with a two-run double off Al Leiter (5-3).

In 113 career at-bats against the Mets, Burrell has 11 homers
and 35 RBI.

"He's a good hitter. When he gets his pitch, he hits the ball
hard,'' Mets manager Bobby Valentine said.

Adams (2-3) allowed two runs and nine hits. The converted
reliever, who signed an incentive-laden contract with the Phillies
last offseason, has yet to pitch seven innings in nine starts.

Hector Mercado worked the seventh, Ricky Bottalico pitched the
eighth and Jose Mesa got the final three outs for his 14th save in
16 chances.

"I don't know if I'm losing anything,'' Adams said. "I don't
feel tired. I'm still learning.''

Leiter, who entered with a major league-leading 1.74 ERA,
allowed five runs and seven hits in six innings. It was just the
second time in 10 starts he gave up more than three earned runs.

Leiter retired the first two batters before Scott Rolen and
Bobby Abreu hit singles in the first. Burrell then lined a double
to left-center field, giving the Phillies a 2-0 lead.

"I didn't get it in enough,'' Leiter said.

Lieberthal led off the second with a double and Doug Glanville
followed with a double to make it 3-0. After Adams sacrificed,
Jimmy Rollins hit a sacrifice fly for a 4-0 lead.

Lieberthal added an RBI double in the fourth, giving the
Phillies a 5-1 lead. He's 8-for-16 with six doubles off Leiter.

Edgardo Alfonzo hit his first homer of the season in the sixth,
getting the Mets within 5-2.

Jay Payton cost New York a run in the second inning by getting
thrown out at third to end the inning after a single to center by
Rey Ordonez. Jeromy Burnitz walked with two outs and Payton
followed with a bloop single. Burnitz easily would have scored on
Ordonez's hit to center, but Glanville nailed Payton at third
before Burnitz crossed the plate.

"I always play aggressive, but you have to be aggressively
smart,'' Payton said.

A smart baserunning play by Roberto Alomar gave the Mets their
first run in the third. With one out and runners on first and
third, Mo Vaughn hit a sharp grounder to first. Travis Lee caught
the ball and stepped on the bag, but Alomar got caught in a rundown
between first and second, allowing Roger Cedeno to score before he
was tagged out.

Cedeno was thrown out at the plate by Abreu to end the seventh
after Vaughn lined a hard, one-hop single to right.

"It was a bad baserunning night,'' Valentine said.

Game notes
Before the game, the Phillies acquired OF/1B Jeremy Giambi
from Oakland for little-used reserve John Mabry. ... Philadelphia
is 16-8 at home, 4-18 on the road. ... Leiter lost for the first
time in five decisions at Veterans Stadium. ... Cedeno extended his
hitting streak to 10 games with his third-inning single. ...
Burrell was 3-for-17 off Leiter before hitting his double. ... The
Phillies didn't get after the fourth inning.