Mets' rally falls short in ninth

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Randy Wolf reared back and fired a high
fastball past Carlos Beltran.

Though it was just one pitch, it signaled Wolf's return to his
old form.

Wolf took a shutout into the ninth inning, and Philadelphia's
bullpen barely held on for a 5-4 victory over the New York Mets on
Monday night.

Wolf's shutout bid ended when Jose Reyes, Kaz Matsui and Beltran
hit consecutive singles to start the ninth, cutting the deficit to

Tim Worrell entered and struck out Mike Piazza, but Cliff Floyd
hit a 3-0 pitch into the second deck in right field to make it a
one-run game. Worrell then fanned David Wright and retired Doug Mientkiewicz on a grounder for the save.

"It seemed like every pitch he threw was a strike. He pitched a
great game," Beltran said. "He was probably a little tired in the
ninth, but one through eight, he was tough."

Wolf (1-1) allowed three runs and nine hits, striking out five
to win for the first time since Aug. 11. The former All-Star
left-hander is coming off an injury-plagued season in which he was
just 5-8 with a 4.17 ERA.

"The combination of a high fastball and slow curve is what I
want," Wolf said. "Even when I was missing, I was aggressive. I
was still going after them."

Pat Burrell homered and had two RBI, extending his NL-leading
total to 19, and David Bell had a pair of RBI doubles, helping the
Phillies win their third straight.

Kaz Ishii (0-2) gave up five runs, six hits and walked six in
five innings in his third start since joining the Mets last month
after a trade with the Dodgers. New York has lost two in a row
after a six-game winning streak.

"Ishii obviously struggled with his command," Mets manager
Willie Randolph said. "He couldn't get any rhythm going. It

Burrell kept up his success against the Mets. He has 26 homers
and 70 RBI in 303 at-bats against New York.

Burrell's RBI single and Jason Michaels' sacrifice fly in the
first gave the Phillies a 2-0 lead. Burrell led off the third with
a shot into the left-field seats for his fifth homer, and Bell's
run-scoring double one out later put the Phillies ahead 4-0. He had
another RBI double in the fifth.

Ishii's wildness in the first led to Philadelphia's runs. After
Jimmy Rollins led off with a single, Ishii walked Placido Polanco
and Bobby Abreu, loading the bases. Burrell followed with a single,
and Michaels sent a long fly to center field to score Polanco.

Victor Diaz, the first runner to reach second for the Mets when
he doubled with one out in the eighth, thought there were two outs
and easily was doubled off the bag on pinch-hitter Miguel Cairo's
fly to center field.

"It will be addressed," Randolph said.

Wolf was the third consecutive starter to pitch eight innings
for the Phillies. Jon Lieber and Brett Myers each did so in wins
against Atlanta over the weekend.

"It's the best stretch of pitching I've seen since I've been
managing," said Phillies first-year manager Charlie Manuel, who
previously managed Cleveland from 2000-02.
Game notes
: Mets LHP Felix Heredia left in the sixth inning with a left
thumb injury. He'll be evaluated in New York on Tuesday. ...
Beltran's single in the ninth was his 1,000th career hit. ... The
Phillies' starting rotation has a 3.27 ERA and has issued just 15
walks in 13 games. The starters have allowed three runs or less in
11 games. ... Mets RHP Kris Benson (strained chest muscle) will
throw on the side Thursday in Florida. ... Phillies 1B Jim Thome's
homerless drought reached 13 games, the longest to start a season
in his career. ... Ishii threw 11 straight pitches out of the
strike zone at one point in the first. ... Piazza's father, Vince,
celebrated his birthday at the game. ... New York's pitchers walked
10 batters.