Trachsel pitches seven strong innings

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Mike Cameron's leg feels fine, and his swing
is doing even better.

Cameron homered twice and Steve Trachsel pitched seven solid
innings, leading the New York Mets over the Philadelphia Phillies
10-1 Wednesday night.

"Right now we're swinging the bats well," said Cameron, who
played his second game after missing five straight with a sore left
knee and groin. "Guys are starting to put it together."

The surprising Mets are just one game behind the NL East-leading
Phillies with four games remaining before the All-Star break.

"It's where we want to be," Mets manager Art Howe said of
trying to get to first place after consecutive last-place finishes.

Kaz Matsui had four hits, Cameron had three RBI and Cliff Floyd
and Ty Wigginton also homered among a season-high 18 hits for New
York, which has won five of six games at Citizens Bank Park.

"Whatever it is, it's contagious," Howe said. "Everyone is
swinging great."

Even Trachsel, who drove in a run with a fourth-inning single.
Wigginton hit an RBI triple in the fifth and scored on Jason
Phillips' double.

Pat Burrell homered for the Phillies, who have scored two runs
in the past two games against New York. The Mets have won two of
three so far in a four-game series that ends Thursday night.

"Collectively, we haven't gotten it done with the rotation,"
Phillies manager Larry Bowa said.

Trachsel (9-6) allowed one run and five hits to win for the
fourth time in five starts. He struck out three and walked two,
improving to 2-4 on the road.

"I'm getting a lot of runs and the defense has been great,"
said Trachsel, who came in with an ERA of 7.88 away from home.

After the start was delayed 1:34 by rain, the Mets took a 3-0
lead against Brett Myers (5-6) in the second inning on solo homers
by Floyd, Wigginton and Cameron.

Floyd led off the inning with a shot into the right-field seats.
One out later, Wigginton hit one out to left. With two outs,
Cameron hit an opposite-field drive into the right-center stands.

Cameron's two-run shot off Geoff Geary in the fifth made it
10-0, giving him nine career multihomer games. It was his first
with the Mets.

Myers allowed six runs and nine hits in 3 1-3 innings. A 14-game
winner in his first full season as a starter last year, the
right-hander has one win in his last six starts. His ERA has risen
from 4.14 to 5.28 in his last four outings.

"It seems like a lot of guys are struggling," Phillies catcher
Mike Lieberthal said. "We need a few guys to step up and throw
some innings."

The Mets have won seven of their last 11, including a three-game
sweep of the Yankees last weekend. Matsui, in his first season in
the majors since coming over from Japan, is 15-for-31 (.484) in the
last seven games. Floyd has five homers and 13 RBI in the last
nine games.

Game notes
The Phillies activated OF Ricky Ledee from the disabled
list after the game and sent INF Shawn Wooten to Triple-A
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. ... Phillies RF Bobby Abreu earned the final
spot on the NL All-Star team in Internet fan voting. ... Mets RF
Richard Hidalgo extended his hitting streak to 10 games. He also
threw out Jason Michaels at the plate on a single to right by
Placido Polanco to end the third. ... Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins
went 0-for-4, ending his 10-game hitting streak. ... The Phillies
already have had six games delayed by rain. Two others were
postponed. ... Burrell stole his first base since Sept. 27, 2002.