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New York Mets (21-10) at Philadelphia Phillies (17-14) at 7:05 on 5-9-06

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Mets, Martinez try to snap Phillies' eight-game winning streak


NY Mets (21-10) at Philadelphia (17-14) 7:05 pm EDT


PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) - The Philadelphia Phillies' recent success will be put to the test Tuesday when they square off against Pedro Martinez and the league-leading New York Mets in the opener of a three-game series.


The Phillies have won eight straight games - their most since 1991 - and have allowed just 3.38 runs per game in that stretch. They are coming off a three-game sweep of San Francisco, capped by a 9-5 triumph on Sunday behind three RBI from Pat Burrell and three hits and two runs from David Bell.


Chase Utley added two hits to complete a resume that earned him Player of the Week honors in the National League.


The Mets, who have an NL-best 21 wins, had their four-game winning streak snapped Sunday in a 13-3 defeat to Atlanta. Carlos Beltran homered for the third straight game but Jose Lima was reached for five runs in five innings in his New York debut.


Martinez (5-0, 2.72 ERA) looks to rebound from the disappointment of his last outing. The three-time Cy Young Award winner allowed just one run in six innings against Pittsburgh on Wednesday before closer Billy Wagner blew the save and prevented Martinez from becoming the majors' first six-game winner.


In 19 career games - 15 starts - against the Phillies, Martinez is 7-4 with a 2.85 ERA. He went 2-1 with a 3.60 ERA in three outings against them last season.


Philadelphia counters with Brett Myers (2-1, 3.11), who has allowed three runs or fewer in all six of his starts this season. The righthander yielded three runs over seven innings Wednesday against Atlanta but did not get a decision in the 5-4 victory.


Adding to the intrigue of this series is Wagner's return to Philadelphia, where he spent two controversial seasons before signing a lucrative contract with the Mets in the offseason.


The All-Star lefthander was not well liked in Philadelphia's clubhouse and should expect the customary boos when he takes the mound at Citizens Bank Park.

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I am not pleased with how Pedro has been pitching so far. He is not hitting the plate often, not throwing well. Seems like something is bothering him, the mound or the balls. He just does not have his stuff tonight. Hope the offense gets going.

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