Series: Game 3 of 4

Milwaukee leads 2-1 (as of 7/30)

Game 1: Monday, July 28
NY Mets2
Game 2: Tuesday, July 29
NY Mets3
Game 3: Wednesday, July 30
NY Mets2
Game 4: Thursday, July 31
NY Mets2

Brewers 0

(43-64, 24-29 away)

Mets 2

(44-63, 22-32 home)

    7:10 PM ET, July 30, 2003

    Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York 

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    W: A. Leiter (10-5)

    L: W. Obermueller (0-2)

    S: D. Weathers (2)

    Leiter improves to 2-0 since coming off DL

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Now that Al Leiter is healthy again, the New York Mets know who they can count on to stop a losing streak.

    Leiter pitched seven sharp innings, and New York beat the Milwaukee Brewers 2-0 Wednesday night to snap a four-game skid.

    "He was on top of his game tonight, and that was exactly what we needed," Mets manager Art Howe said. "There wasn't much margin for error, that's for sure. We had the right guy on the mound."

    Rookie Jose Reyes tripled and scored for the Mets, who won for only the fifth time in 21 games. Cliff Floyd had an RBI groundout, Timo Perez hit a sacrifice fly and Jason Phillips had three hits.

    Leiter (10-5) extended his scoreless streak to 15 innings, a team high this season. He's 2-0 with a 0.95 ERA in three starts since coming off the disabled list July 20.

    "I kind of looked at my time on the DL and looked at how I was getting into hitters' counts," Leiter said. "To me, it was with my third and fourth pitch.

    "The knee's been a lot better. I feel good physically and I know that has a lot to do with how you perform. More than anything else, after feeling better physically I have a better mental approach."

    The left-hander gave up five hits, walked four (two intentionally) and struck out six -- matching his longest outing of the year. He gave up consecutive two-out singles in the seventh, but struck out slugger Geoff Jenkins to end the inning.

    "It was probably my best curveball of the night," Leiter said.

    David Weathers got six straight outs for his second save, striking out four and finishing the five-hitter. It was New York's sixth shutout of the year. Milwaukee has been blanked six times.

    "I wanted it. I love that situation," Weathers said.

    Leiter improved to 10-2 career against the Brewers in 18 appearances. He has not lost to Milwaukee since June 27, 1994, with Toronto.

    "When he's on like he was tonight he's real tough," Brewers manager Ned Yost said.

    Wes Obermueller (0-2) pitched well for the Brewers but lost for the fourth time in four big league starts.

    Reyes led off the third with his fourth triple in 157 at-bats and scored on Floyd's groundout.

    "This kid can make things happen with his speed, and he seems to do it quite often for us," Howe said.

    Phillips doubled with one out in the sixth, moved up on a passed ball and scored on Perez's sacrifice fly.

    Leiter pitched out of trouble in the second, when he retired Obermueller with the bases loaded to end the inning. Leiter then put the first two runners on in the fourth, but got out of it with the help of Eddie Perez's double-play grounder.

    "Double plays are great. Two for the price of one," Leiter said.

    Milwaukee stranded nine runners.

    Obermueller allowed two runs -- one earned -- and three hits in six innings.

    "I think we really found something in Obermueller," teammate Keith Ginter said. "Hopefully, we can get him a win next time out."

    Game notes

    Mets LHP Tom Glavine, who left Tuesday night's outing after one inning because of a right ribcage strain, got a cortisone shot and is not sure if he'll be able to make his next start Sunday against St. Louis. ... After the game, the Mets optioned RHP Jason Roach to Triple-A Norfolk and purchased the contract of INF Marco Scutaro from Norfolk. ... The Brewers had won four straight in New York -- their longest winning streak at Shea Stadium. ... Mets C Mike Piazza worked out behind the plate before the game, fielding bunts, blocking balls in the dirt and retrieving wild pitches for the first time since going on the disabled list with a severely strained right groin May 17. ... The Brewers placed LHP Glendon Rusch on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left groin and purchased the contract of RHP David Manning from Triple-A Indianapolis. Manning will make his major league debut Saturday night at Montreal. ... Brewers announcer Bob Uecker, inducted into the Hall of Fame on Sunday, got a nice ovation. ... NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth, the Winston Cup Points leader, took batting practice before the game.

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