Series: Game 4 of 4

Series tied 2-2 (as of 7/18)

Game 1: Thursday, July 15
in 11
NY Mets3
Game 2: Friday, July 16
NY Mets1
Game 3: Saturday, July 17
NY Mets2
Game 4: Sunday, July 18
NY Mets6

Phillies 1

(48-43, 22-21 away)

Mets 6

(46-45, 26-18 home)

1:10 PM ET, July 18, 2004

Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York 

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W: A. Leiter (6-3)

L: B. Myers (5-7)

S: B. Looper (19)

Leiter pitches six shutout innings

NEW YORK (AP) -- When the ball left Doug Glanville's bat, Al Leiter and the New York Mets thought it was big trouble.

Suddenly, Mike Cameron swooped in and made a play that both teams were still buzzing about after the Mets' 6-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.

"It's unbelievable where he came from to make that catch," Mets catcher Vance Wilson said.

With the game scoreless in the fifth inning, Cameron ran a long way into right-center field to track down Glanville's slicing liner. Then he gathered himself and doubled up Todd Pratt at first base.

"It just goes to show that defense can turn the momentum right around," Glanville said. "That was a great play right there. ... If that ball falls in, I'm standing at third probably with a run in and one out less."

Instead, the Phillies had no runs and a scoring opportunity eliminated.

"That was the kind of play I always saw Mike Cameron make on the highlights on SportsCenter," Leiter said. "Because of how much hang time it had, I was just hoping."

Leiter (6-3) pitched six shutout innings, and Cameron and Wilson hit back-to-back homers to help the Mets salvage a split of the four-game series.

"Today was a nice, crisp win," Cameron said.

Wilson and Cameron each drove in two runs for the Mets, who moved a game above .500 at 46-45 -- two games behind Philadelphia and Atlanta in the NL East. New York hosts a two-game series against Florida, which is a game behind the Mets, starting Monday.

"It was a very big win," Wilson said. "We needed to win that game, especially going into the series with the Marlins."

After going only three innings in his last start, a 5-2 loss at Florida, Leiter was solid in a game played under the lights at Shea Stadium with an intermittent misty rain falling throughout.

Leiter (6-3) allowed four hits and struck out a season-high seven for his fifth win in six starts. He lowered his ERA to 2.24 -- which would lead the majors if he had enough innings pitched.

Braden Looper got four outs for his 19th save in 21 chances.

"When you score one run, you're not going to win very many games," Phillies manager Larry Bowa said. "We've had some problems trying to solve Leiter."

Cameron and Wilson hit consecutive homers off Brett Myers (5-7) to give the Mets a 2-0 lead.

Cameron, 1-for-11 on the homestand before that at-bat, led off by hitting a 3-2 pitch from Myers into the picnic-area stands in left-center field for his 15th homer.

Myers then hung an 0-2 curveball to Wilson, who drove it into the left-field bullpen. It was the fifth time this season the Mets have hit back-to-back homers.

"I made two mistakes -- Cameron and Wilson," said Myers, who allowed four runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings in his fourth loss in five starts. "I just got outpitched today. I thought my location was good, my mechanics were good."

New York added to its lead in the sixth with a bases-loaded walk by Cameron and an RBI single by Wilson, who was 3-for-4.

Cliff Floyd hit a leadoff single, Richard Hidalgo doubled and, one out later, Todd Zeile was walked intentionally to load the bases. Myers then walked Cameron, forcing in a run.

Roberto Hernandez came in and Wilson hit his first pitch into left field to make it 4-0.

In the seventh, the Phillies loaded the bases against Ricky Bottalico with one out. John Franco got Tomas Perez to foul out to first before walking Jimmy Rollins to force in a run. Dan Wheeler then threw one pitch and got Placido Polanco to ground out to end the inning.

The Mets added two runs in a strange eighth inning.

Zeile led off with a single, Cameron bunted and reliever Geoff Geary threw the ball away for an error, putting runners on second and third. With Wilson up, Geary threw a pitch up and in that missed Pratt's glove, hit plate umpire Wally Bell in the shoulder and bounced to the backstop. Pratt got the ball and threw home to Geary, who tagged Zeile for the out.

Wilson followed with a single that broke his bat, with a piece hitting Bell. The umpire was dazed, but he stayed in.

Shane Spencer then drove in a run with a sacrifice fly, Jose Reyes singled and Kaz Matsui blooped an RBI single to center. The inning finally ended when Looper -- in a rare at-bat -- grounded out.

Game notes

Mets C-1B Mike Piazza got the day off. ... The slow-footed Zeile bunted for a single down the third-base line in the second, drawing big cheers. ... RHP Scott Erickson will start Monday night for the Mets against Florida. It'll be his first appearance in the majors since Aug. 31, 2002, with Baltimore.

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