PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Robinson Tejeda is having far more success
in the major leagues than he did in the minors.
Tejeda pitched six strong innings and Chase Utley had three
hits, including a go-ahead RBI single in a six-run seventh inning,
leading the Philadelphia Phillies over the New York Mets 8-4 on
"You have to tip your hat to Robinson," Utley said. "Every
time he goes out there, he's impressing me more. His composure has
Cliff Floyd and Mike Piazza homered for the Mets, who have lost
10 of 13. Floyd also made an outstanding catch, crashing into the
left-field wall to rob Lofton with the bases loaded and two outs in
But Lofton's line drive down the left-field line with two outs
in the seventh cleared the bases and gave the Phillies an 8-2 lead.
"He showed a lot of poise for a young guy," Floyd said of
Tejeda. "Whatever confidence he took out there, it worked."
Tejeda allowed one run and three hits, striking out four. Ryan
Madson (4-2) gave up one run in one inning.
"I'm still working to get better," Tejeda said. "I like to
compete against the best teams."
Tejeda was 8-14 with a 5.15 ERA at Double-A Reading last season,
and went to spring training with a 4.22 ERA in six seasons in the
"He came back to spring training a different guy," pitching
coach Rich Dubee said. "Winter ball helped him tremendously. He
gained a lot of confidence. His changeup is outstanding and his
velocity and arm strength are deceptive."
After the Mets tied it at 2 against Madson in the seventh, the
Phillies answered in their half.
Piazza hit a two-run shot off struggling reliever Ugueth Urbina
in the eighth. Urbina has allowed four homers in 6 1-3 innings
since coming to the Phillies in a trade with Detroit.
Mets starter Victor Zambrano allowed two runs and six hits in
six innings. Ring gave up one run and Heilman was charged with five
runs while recording just one out.
"He threw well and kept us in the game," Mets manager Willie
Randolph said of Zambrano. "He was a little shaky at times, but he
made pitches when he had to."
The Mets tied it at 2 on pinch-hitter Brian Daubach's sacrifice
fly in the seventh.
Thome hit a 3-0 pitch deep into the right-field seats to give
the Phillies a 2-1 lead in the fifth. It was only the sixth homer
for the slumping first baseman, who is hitting just .219 with 27
Floyd hit an opposite-field homer with two outs in the fourth to
tie it at 1. He drove Tejeda's first pitch over the left-field wall
for his 17th homer.
The Phillies took a 1-0 lead in the second when Mets third
baseman David Wright made a mental lapse.
Utley doubled to start the inning, went to third on a groundout
and scored when Wright short-hopped Lieberthal's hard one-hopper
and tagged the base, trying to convince the umpire he caught the
ball in the air. Both runners were safe.
Zambrano escaped a bases loaded, no-out jam in the first by
striking out Thome and getting Burrell to ground into a double
Piazza moved into 47th place, ahead of Dwight Evans, on the
all-time list with his 386th homer. ... Floyd has 24 homers and 86
RBI in 359 career at-bats against the Phillies. ... A near-sellout
crowd of 42,640 turned out at Citizens Bank Park. ... Ryan Howard,
the Phillies' top hitting prospect, had his 24-game hitting streak
for Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre end Wednesday night.