Series: Game 2 of 4

Philadelphia leads 2-0 (as of 9/5)

Game 1: Thursday, September 4
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Game 2: Friday, September 5
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Game 3: Saturday, September 6
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Game 4: Sunday, September 7
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in 11

Mets 0

(62-78, 30-40 away)

Phillies 1

(77-64, 43-27 home)

    7:05 PM ET, September 5, 2003

    Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

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    W: V. Padilla (13-9)

    L: J. Seo (8-10)

    S: R. Cormier (1)

    Byrd drives in only run in eighth

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Vicente Padilla usually asks to come out of a game in the late innings. With his fastball still topping 95 mph in the eighth Friday night, he didn't want to leave.

    Padilla kept up his mastery over New York, striking out a season-high 10 in eight innings to lead the Philadelphia Phillies over the Mets 1-0.

    "He's very honest with us," manager Larry Bowa said. "Sometimes he comes in and goes 'No Mas.' He makes it very easy. When I took him out, he said, 'No, I'm all right."

    He stayed in just long enough to get the win.

    Marlon Byrd drove in the only run in the eighth inning with a single just off the outstreched glove of shortstop Jorge Velandia, scoring Nick Punto.

    The Phillies, who moved one game ahead of Florida in the NL wild-card race, have won four straight and seven of eight after a miserable August. It was their second 1-0 win of the season. They beat San Francisco on April 27.

    "I think they're having fun out there," Bowa said. "I really like the atmosphere right now. You can hear it in their voices that they're playing with a lot of excitement and energy right now."

    Rheal Cormier got three outs for his first save with the Phillies. Bowa said Jose Mesa has lost his closer's job again after blowing two save chances in four days.

    Padilla and Cormier did not speak to reporters.

    Padilla (13-9) improved to 8-1 against the Mets, including a win last Sunday in which he took a no-hit bid into the seventh. On Friday, Padilla scattered six hits and only allowed one runner past second base.

    He walked only one and struck out at least two batters in an inning four times. Padilla fanned Jay Bell and Jeff Duncan all three times he faced them.

    When Padilla told Bowa he was still feeling strong after six innings, he was left in even as he was on his way toward throwing 129 pitches.

    "I was thinking about taking him out in the seventh because he's never gone that high," Bowa said.

    "His fastball was still exploding at the end," catcher Mike Lieberthal said. "He good command of his fastball. They were just swinging through it."

    Philadelphia finally broke through in the eighth against Jae Weong Seo (8-10).

    Nick Punto walked leading off, and pinch-hitter Tomas Perez sacrificed after popping an earlier pitch straight back to catcher Mike Piazza, who dropped the ball.

    Byrd then hit a hard grounder in the hole. Velandia made a nice effort just to get to it, but the ball hit off his glove as Punto scored.

    Mike Stanton relieved and loaded the bases with walks to Jimmy Rollins and Bobby Abreu. Jim Thome then took a called third strike, and Lieberthal hit an inning-ending groundout off Grant Roberts.

    It turned out to be enough. Bowa brought in the left-handed Cormier and he retired the side in the ninth for only his second career save and first since May 28, 2001 -- also against the Mets.

    Seo retired 16 straight batters in one stretch between Pat Burrell's double in the second and Lieberthal's two-out single in the seventh.

    "I felt a little uncomfortable early, but then I adjusted. The mound was very steep," Seo said.

    Seo ran into his only previous jam in the seventh, when he walked Burrell after Lieberthal's single. But Seo struck out Chase Utley on a fastball away at the knees to end the inning.

    "I don't know how to pronounce his name, but that guy pitched great," Bowa said.

    Game notes

    Padilla's career-high in strikeouts is 11 against Cincinnati on April 14 last year. ... Seo doubled in the fifth for his first extra-base hit in 43 career at-bats. ... Mets 3B Jay Bell took a hard, face-first fall down dugout steps chasing a foul ball. He broke his glasses. ... The Phillies pitched their 12th shutout, one behind NL-leading Los Angeles.

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