Zeile hit a tying, three-run homer in the eighth inning and a
two-run drive in the 10th Wednesday night, leading New York over
the Philadelphia Phillies 5-3 for a three-game sweep.
A night after Zeile hit a tying homer in the eighth and a
go-ahead single in the 10th in New York's 4-1 win, he did in the
In January, the 38-year-old Zeile convinced the Mets he had
plenty left to offer. But despite his recent streak, he still plans
to retire after this season.
"It's actually more gratifying knowing it's the last run for
me," Zeile said. "But I had to negotiate with the kids and
Julianne (his wife). And the negotiation was that this was it."
Turns out he had plenty of clutch hits left.
With Philadelphia ahead 3-0, Vance Wilson pinch-hit for starter
Tom Glavine with two outs in the eighth and singled. Kaz Matsui
doubled, Ryan Madson relieved and Zeile worked the count to 3-0.
After a pair of strikes, Zeile fouled off a pitch, then homered to
"I had seen him drop a 3-2 breaking ball on our hitters a few
times, so I had that in the back of my mind," Zeile said. "He
just got too much of the plate."
Karim Garcia, batting for reliever David Weathers (5-1) with one
out in the 10th, doubled off the center-field wall. After Matsui
grounded out, Zeile drove a 2-1 pitch from Roberto Hernandez (1-2)
through a heavy rain and over the right-field wall.
It was Zeile's 14th multihomer game, his first since last Sept.
5 against Florida. He has six home runs this season and 250 in his
"If he keeps going like this, he'll have a tough time
convincing me he's not coming back," Mets manager Art Howe said.
Pinch-hitter Ricky Ledee struck out and Bobby Abreu walked,
loading the bases for Jim Thome, who grounded out to Ty Wigginton.
The third baseman was shifted over for the left-handed pull hitter
and was near the second-base bag.
Looper got his 10th save in 11 chances.
"I tried to make extraordinary pitches from the beginning,"
Looper said of his showdown with Thome. "I threw him three good
splits and he still managed to get his bat on the ball."
Glavine allowed three runs and three hits in the first three
innings, but held the Phillies without a hit over his final four
innings. His ERA, second in the NL at 2.17 coming in, rose to 2.31.
He also walked a season-high four.
"Starting pitching is very important," Glavine said. "But if
you have a good bullpen, it's such a huge advantage that you
Randy Wolf, making his second start since missing a turn because
of elbow tendinitis, took a two-hit shutout into the eighth. He
allowed a double to Wigginton, then retired 14 straight batters
before Mike Piazza singled between Rollins and third baseman David
Bell in the seventh.
But Wolf simply didn't have enough left to remain in the game
and retire Zeile in the eighth
"(Phillies manager Larry) Bowa came out and said, 'Be honest
with me," Wolf said. "I said, 'I think (Madson) has a better
shot at getting him out than I do."
Rollins homered, doubled, singled and drew a pair of walks,
reaching base in all five plate appearances. Abreu added a two-run
Rollins opened the first with the sixth leadoff homer of his
career. With two outs in the third, Rollins doubled, Doug Glanville
walked and Abreu doubled to the gap in left-center -- Philadelphia's
last hit until the 10th inning, when Perez ended an 0-for-19
"Starting in New York (last week), we haven't been consistent
at all," Bowa said.
Bowa said Marlon Byrd, in an 0-for-15 slide, will return to
the lineup Thursday but might bat as low as eighth. ... Wigginton
extended his hitting streak to eight games.