Mets Are Scoring but Still Not Winning из дневника Kim Events

The Mets' long lost offense came to life just before the All Star Game break and continued to purr after it. A Mets rally fell short on Friday, but yesterday a ninth inning rally tied the score. The Mets are scoring, finally, but it may not matter.

They extended yesterday's game into the 12th inning before the Phillies scored off reliever Scott Strickland for a 7 6 victory at Shea Stadium, putting the Mets on the brink of hopelessness.

The Atlanta Braves' 6 3 loss in Montreal last night kept the Mets' deficit in the National League East at 13 1/2 games, a season high. The Mets, now 44 46, have not had a winning record since they beat the Yankees on June 29.

''We just keep spinning our wheels, it seems like, around that .500 mark,'' Shawn Estes, the Mets' starting pitcher yesterday, said. ''For us to make a move, we need to get above .500 and go from there. It seems like we can't take that next step to be the team we can be.''

Jose Mesa's wild pitch allowed Rey Ord to score the tying run in the ninth inning, but the Mets left two men on that inning and stranded five more in extra innings. They squandered a gift double leading off the 11th, not scoring after an outfield collision allowed John Valentin's fly ball to drop. Jeromy Burnitz, who had three hits after being benched the previous three games, flied out to deep center field to end the inning.

After leaving the bases loaded in the 11th, Strickland walked the Phillies slugger Pat Burrell on four pitches to open the 12th. Consecutive singles by Scott Rolen and Travis Lee put the Phillies ahead.

''You don't want to be the guy that goes, 'Here we go again,' '' Strickland said.

Strickland has allowed runs in five of his last eight appearances. He is part of a beleaguered bullpen that is starting to show its cracks. Grant Roberts was put on the disabled list yesterday with shoulder tendinitis and expects to need more than 15 days to recover. Mark Corey, on the disabled list since he had a seizure June 26, was recalled and threw a perfect seventh inning. The right hander David Weathers is pitching with sore ribs. Apparently, he bruised them while playing with his 2 cheap nfl football jerseys year old son, Ryan. Weathers was warming up as Strickland left the bases loaded in the 12th.

''I'm not going to be full strength for a few days,'' said Weathers, who was assured by trainers that the ribs were not cracked.

The promise of free Mike Piazza jerseys, given to fans 13 and older, drew 51,470 people to Shea yesterday, and they were poised to leave with little else. Piazza's eighth inning single sliced the Phillies' lead to 6 4, but Piazza was caught stealing as Mo Vaughn was struck out by Dan Plesac on a check swing strike, ending the inning.

''Every loss is frustrating to me, but this one really hurts,'' Piazza said. ''We had opportunities to win the game and we weren't able to come back all the way.''

Still, the Mets mounted another late charge. They used an eight run eighth inning to win Thursday and scored six runs in the final three innings Friday before losing, 9 8.

Burnitz's one out single began the ninth inning rally off Mesa. Valentin hit a ball deep to left but China Wholesale Youth Football Jerseys into Burrell's glove for the second out. Ord followed with a chopper past the right side of the mound, and his headfirst slide beat second baseman Marlon Anderson's throw to first. Dt5FW6a9x Roger Cede bounced Mesa's next pitch off the mound and into center field, scoring Burnitz and sending Ord to third.

Roberto Alomar, batting from the left side, watched a 2 1 pitch break toward his left knee. Alomar pulled back and fell forward, the ball grazing catcher Todd Pratt's glove and bouncing toward the backstop. Ord headed home, but with Alomar unable to tell him whether to slide, he remained standing and touched home as Pratt's throw to Mesa breezed past his chest.

The wild pitch prevented Estes's eighth loss. He surrendered six runs and four walks in five and a third innings, and was upset cheap jerseys supply with his control.

''Really, I'm just not getting a lot of luck,'' said Estes, who is 0 2 with a 7.09 earned run average in five starts since beating the Yankees on June 15. ''I need a little luck. It helps with pitching sometimes, especially when you're struggling for results.''

The Phillies' starter, Vicente Padilla, was the last pitcher to appear for the National League before the All Star Game on Tuesday ended as a 7 7 tie after 11 innings. He dominated the Mets in May, but yesterday they scored four runs off him before completing the comeback against Mesa.

Edgardo Alfonzo homered for the second straight game, and while the offense appears revived and unyielding, the Mets are not yet capable of stopping the losing.

''We came back in those couple of games and came up short,'' Manager Bobby Valentine said. ''I like the way the guys are coming back. They're not giving up until our pitching catches up with us. We'll have leads with all those runs and we won't be having to catch up.''

Photos: Roger Cedeo struck out with John Valentin on third in the 11th inning. (Chang W. Lee/The New York Times)(pg. 1); Jeromy Burnitz and the Mets fell short against the Phillies for the second day in a row. The Mets had two men on in the 12th but failed to score. (Chang W. Lee/The New York Times)(pg. 2)


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