Final in 10

Series: Game 3 of 3

NY Mets won 3-0

Game 1: Monday, May 31
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Game 2: Tuesday, June 1
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Game 3: Wednesday, June 2
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Mets 5

(26-26, 13-15 away)

Phillies 3

(27-24, 14-13 home)

    7:05 PM ET, June 2, 2004

    Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

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    W: D. Weathers (5-1)

    L: R. Hernandez (1-2)

    S: B. Looper (10)

    Zeile drives in winning run again

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Todd Zeile is keeping the promises he made to the New York Mets and his family.

    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 Phillies again.

    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 left-center.

    "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 16-year career.

    "If he keeps going like this, he'll have a tough time convincing me he's not coming back," Mets manager Art Howe said.

    Philadelphia threatened in the bottom of the 10th against Braden Looper. Pinch-hitter Tomas Perez reached on a one-out infield single and advanced on a single by Jimmy Rollins.

    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 possess."

    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 double.

    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 drought.

    "Starting in New York (last week), we haven't been consistent at all," Bowa said.

    Game notes


    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.

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