Leiter improves to 2-0 since coming off DL


NEW YORK (AP) -- Now that Al Leiter is healthy again, the New
York Mets know who they can count on to stop a losing streak.

Leiter pitched seven sharp innings, and New York beat the
Milwaukee Brewers 2-0 Wednesday night to snap a four-game skid.

"He was on top of his game tonight, and that was exactly what
we needed," Mets manager Art Howe said. "There wasn't much margin
for error, that's for sure. We had the right guy on the mound."

Rookie Jose Reyes tripled and scored for the Mets, who won for
only the fifth time in 21 games. Cliff Floyd had an RBI groundout,
Timo Perez hit a sacrifice fly and Jason Phillips had three hits.

Leiter (10-5) extended his scoreless streak to 15 innings, a
team high this season. He's 2-0 with a 0.95 ERA in three starts
since coming off the disabled list July 20.

"I kind of looked at my time on the DL and looked at how I was
getting into hitters' counts," Leiter said. "To me, it was with
my third and fourth pitch.

"The knee's been a lot better. I feel good physically and I
know that has a lot to do with how you perform. More than anything
else, after feeling better physically I have a better mental

The left-hander gave up five hits, walked four (two
intentionally) and struck out six -- matching his longest outing of
the year. He gave up consecutive two-out singles in the seventh,
but struck out slugger Geoff Jenkins to end the inning.

"It was probably my best curveball of the night," Leiter said.

David Weathers got six straight outs for his second save,
striking out four and finishing the five-hitter. It was New York's
sixth shutout of the year. Milwaukee has been blanked six times.

"I wanted it. I love that situation," Weathers said.

Leiter improved to 10-2 career against the Brewers in 18
appearances. He has not lost to Milwaukee since June 27, 1994, with

"When he's on like he was tonight he's real tough," Brewers
manager Ned Yost said.

Wes Obermueller (0-2) pitched well for the Brewers but lost for
the fourth time in four big league starts.

Reyes led off the third with his fourth triple in 157 at-bats
and scored on Floyd's groundout.

"This kid can make things happen with his speed, and he seems
to do it quite often for us," Howe said.

Phillips doubled with one out in the sixth, moved up on a passed
ball and scored on Perez's sacrifice fly.

Leiter pitched out of trouble in the second, when he retired
Obermueller with the bases loaded to end the inning. Leiter then
put the first two runners on in the fourth, but got out of it with
the help of Eddie Perez's double-play grounder.

"Double plays are great. Two for the price of one," Leiter

Milwaukee stranded nine runners.

Obermueller allowed two runs -- one earned -- and three hits in
six innings.

"I think we really found something in Obermueller," teammate
Keith Ginter said. "Hopefully, we can get him a win next time

Game notes
Mets LHP Tom Glavine, who left Tuesday night's outing after
one inning because of a right ribcage strain, got a cortisone shot
and is not sure if he'll be able to make his next start Sunday
against St. Louis. ... After the game, the Mets optioned RHP Jason
Roach to Triple-A Norfolk and purchased the contract of INF Marco
Scutaro from Norfolk. ... The Brewers had won four straight in New
York -- their longest winning streak at Shea Stadium. ... Mets C
Mike Piazza worked out behind the plate before the game, fielding
bunts, blocking balls in the dirt and retrieving wild pitches for
the first time since going on the disabled list with a severely
strained right groin May 17. ... The Brewers placed LHP Glendon
Rusch on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left groin and
purchased the contract of RHP David Manning from Triple-A
Indianapolis. Manning will make his major league debut Saturday
night at Montreal. ... Brewers announcer Bob Uecker, inducted into
the Hall of Fame on Sunday, got a nice ovation. ... NASCAR driver
Matt Kenseth, the Winston Cup Points leader, took batting practice
before the game.