Final

Series: Game 3 of 3

Philadelphia won 3-0

Game 1: Friday, August 30
Philadelphia 7Final
New York 5
Game 2: Saturday, August 31
Philadelphia 1Final
New York 0
Game 3: Sunday, September 1
Philadelphia 9Final
New York 5

Phillies 9

(69-66, 34-34 away)

Mets 5

(61-73, 30-37 home)

    1:10 PM ET, September 1, 2002

    Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York 

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    NYM 100003010 5 - -

    W: B. Myers (3-3)

    L: A. Leiter (11-11)

    Mets match 14-game streak of 1911 Braves

    NEW YORK (AP) -- The message on the clubhouse marker board urged the New York Mets to put a miserable August behind them: "It's a New Month!!! Sept. 1.''

    Al Leiter
    Leiter

    Instead, from the time Edgardo Alfonzo threw a ball away in the first inning to allow the first run to score, September started off as poorly as August ended for New York.

    The Mets matched the longest home losing streak in National League history with their 14th straight defeat at Shea Stadium as the Philadelphia Phillies pounded Al Leiter for three homers in a 9-5 victory Sunday.

    "It is demoralizing,'' said Mike Piazza, who watched the latest loss with a sore wrist. "Everyone has had losing streaks, everyone has had slumps. But this is uncharted waters for me. I'm a little bit in shock.''

    One day after completing the first winless month at home in league history, the Mets matched the 14-game home skid by Boston's NL franchise in 1911, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

    While Boston added a 44-year-old Cy Young to its team that season, the only help the Mets are getting will be from minor league callups as they try to avoid the St. Louis Browns' major league record of 20 straight home losses in 1953.

    "It's certainly been a disappointment,'' Leiter said. "We still have a month of baseball to go. There's no reason we can't have a great month and finish on a high note.''

    Pat Burrell, Todd Pratt and Tomas Perez all homered off Leiter (11-11), who lasted two-plus innings in his shortest regular-season start in 14 years.

    "I feel for them,'' said Pratt, who spent 4½ years with the Mets. "We have to beat them, but I feel for them. I have a lot of good friends over there.''

    Brett Myers (3-3) allowed four runs in six innings as the Phillies won for the 10th time in 11 games to move a season-high three games over .500.

    Meanwhile, the Mets keep hitting new franchise lows in a season that began with so much promise. They broke a tie with the 1979 team for the longest losing streak at home, reaching a level even the 40-win expansion team in 1962 didn't.

    The few fans who showed up on a rainy day got on the Mets from the start, booing after Alfonzo's throwing error allowed the first run to score in the opening inning.

    They booed every Mets misplay and offered only sarcastic applause for the few positives as the frustration of not seeing a win since July mounts.

    The losing streak, which started after a 10-0 victory over Houston on July 31, is the longest at home in the majors since Detroit dropped the final 17 games at Tiger Stadium in 1996.

    New York's Tony Tarasco came out with a severely sprained left ankle after landing awkwardly on first base trying to beat out a grounder in the sixth.

    After Doug Glanville led the game off with a double, Jimmy Rollins bunted toward third. Alfonzo threw wildly to first, scoring Glanville. Placido Polanco added a two-out RBI single to make it 2-0.

    "If you're going to get Leiter, you have to jump on him early,'' Glanville said. "Once he gets into his rhythm, you're done.''

    Timo Perez tripled and scored on Roberto Alomar's groundout in the bottom half before the Phillies broke the game open.

    Dave Hollins led off the second with a single -- his first major league hit since June 12, 1999. Hollins, who spent most of the last three years in the minors, missed more than four months this season with an infected left knee resulting from a spider bite.

    Pratt and Perez followed with consecutive homers, making it 5-2 and drawing more boos from the crowd. Pratt improved to 6-for-7 lifetime with two homers off Leiter.

    "Maybe I just know how to lay off some of his pitches because I've caught him so much,'' Pratt said.

    Burrell led off the third with a homer, and Leiter was replaced after walking Polanco and hitting Hollins with a pitch. Jeff D'Amico allowed an RBI double to Pratt to make it 7-1.

    Leiter allowed seven runs -- five earned -- and seven hits in two-plus innings. It was his shortest regular-season start since he pitched only one inning on Sept. 16, 1988, for the Yankees against Boston.

    "Al didn't have his cutter today,'' Mets manager Bobby Valentine said. "The balls hit hard were cutters that didn't cut.''

    The Mets scored three runs in the sixth, keyed by Alomar's triple. Mo Vaughn added a leadoff homer in the eighth.

    Game notes


    Leiter didn't retire a batter in Game 6 of the 1999 NLCS against Atlanta. ... Burrell has 15 homers and 45 RBIs in his career against the Mets. ... Philadelphia is 20-11 since trading All-Star third baseman Scott Rolen to St. Louis on July 29.

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