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New York lefty strikes out seven

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The New York Mets' offense made it an easy
night for Al Leiter.

The Mets scored five times in the sixth and ninth innings to
rout the Brewers 12-3 on Tuesday night and snap a three-game losing
streak.

"We did get something going, finally," said New York manager
Art Howe, whose team scored only six runs in three weekend losses
to NL East leading Atlanta. "We just have to get the right people
on and get the opportunities. Lately, we haven't had people on to
get the opportunity. Tonight, up and down the order, everybody got
hits."

Not that the Mets needed the offensive outburst. Leiter (8-3)
limited Milwaukee to one run over seven innings, scattering seven
hits and dropping his major league-leading ERA to 2.12.

He struck out seven and walked one intentionally. Since
returning from the disabled list June 1, the 38-year-old
left-hander is 7-1 with a 1.90 ERA in 12 starts.

"It's satisfying to know that to put zeros on the board and
have a low ERA you have to make good quality pitches," Leiter
said. "That's been my mantra."

Mike Cameron homered and drove in three runs, and Joe McEwing
also had three RBI for New York.

"It's contagious," McEwing said. "We had great team at-bats
all night."

Mets reliever Mike Stanton struck out four batters in the
eighth, only the second time in franchise history the feat's been
accomplished.

Stanton struck out leadoff hitter Gary Bennett. Scott Podsednik
then struck out on a wild pitch and reached first. Trent Durrington
struck out for the second out, Geoff Jenkins walked and Wes Helms
struck out for the last out of the inning.

Leiter held Milwaukee scoreless until Jenkins hit his 17th home
run in the sixth.

"There's nobody that has much success off him," Milwaukee
manager Ned Yost said.

Chris Capuano (5-6) matched Leiter the first four innings, but
Cameron snapped a scoreless tie when he homered into the
left-center field stands in the fifth for his 22nd of the season --
and sixth in 10 games.

The Mets hit four of their eight doubles in the sixth, scoring
five runs to break open the game.

Jose Reyes led off with a double, stole third and scored on Todd
Zeile's sacrifice fly. Mike Piazza doubled, Richard Hidalgo walked
and Cliff Floyd doubled, scoring both runners to give the Mets a
4-0 lead.

Jeff Bennett relieved, Floyd went to third on a passed ball and
Cameron hit a sacrifice fly to score Floyd from third and make it
5-0. David Wright doubled and scored on McEwing's single to give
the Mets a 6-0 lead.

Capuano went 5 1/3 innings, giving up five runs on six hits and
a walk while striking out six.

"That should have been a 2-1 ballgame after the sixth inning,"
Capuano said. "I needed to make one pitch to Hidalgo and I just
couldn't do it. I feel pretty sick about it."

McEwing hit an RBI single in the eighth to make it 7-1.

The Mets scored five times in the ninth on Vance Wilson's RBI
double, Hidalgo's RBI single, Cameron's run-scoring single,
Wright's RBI single and McEwing's sacrifice fly.

Ben Grieve had a run-scoring groundout and Craig Counsell hit an
RBI double off Mike DeJean in the ninth to make it 12-3.

Game notes
Derek Wallace also struck out four in one inning for the
Mets on Sept. 13, 1996, in the fourth inning against Atlanta. ...
Mets pitchers struck out 12 Milwaukee batters, a season high for
New York in a nine-inning game. ... Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob
Murphy, who covered the Mets from the team's inception in 1962
until retiring after last season, died Tuesday after a battle with
lung cancer. He was 79. ... Lyle Overbay, who had started 81
consecutive games at first base for Milwaukee, was given the night
off by manager Ned Yost. Wes Helms started in his place. ...
Jenkins has homered in three consecutive games. ... The Miller Park
roof was closed because of rain Tuesday night, but water leaked through
onto about three rows of fans in front of the press box. The roof
has been plagued by leaks in the past, but Tuesday's troubles were
far less severe than in past years. ... Reyes has 13 steals,
matching his total during last year's rookie season.