June 08, 2007

Despite Homers, Mets Swept By Phillies

Anthony Di Como at Mets.com, writes about the Mets 6-3 loss to the Phillies:

Sure, the Mets snickered at the thought of a series win against the Phillies. They would have loved a sweep, the type of performance that could knock their division rivals to their knees -- not to mention all but out of the playoff race. But even two wins, or just one out of three, would have been enough to keep Philadelphia at bay -- and, more important, out of mind for most of the summer.

Instead the Mets left town on Thursday chewing on the sour memories of a sweep. It's something the Phillies just don't do -- not here, not at Shea. But Thursday night's 6-3 loss in 10 innings was plenty proof that the divisional winds are painfully changing.

"They came in here and they outplayed us," said closer Billy Wagner. "I think we're all frustrated, and we all understand that we're better than this."

Wagner had shown that he's better than this all season, converting 13 straight saves to open the year. But summoned for four outs on Thursday, the lefty couldn't reach for that perfection, instead serving up a game-tying homer to Pat Burrell to open the ninth.

"He has a one-path swing," Wagner said, "and I threw it right in his path."

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