Shane Rawley pitched a five-hitter, Glenn Wilson had three hits and scored twice and Ozzie Virgil drove in three runs last night in New York to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 5-1 victory over the Mets.
Rawley (12-7), a left-hander, struck out three and walked one in his sixth complete game of the season. The only run against Rawley, who is 6-1 since the All-Star break, came in the fourth inning on George Foster's RBI double.
"I don't know what it is," Rawley said of his second-half success. "I feel strong, but this is only my third full season as a starter. I'm getting my confidence, and we've got a good ballclub."
Rawley's turnaround has coincided with that of his team. Since June 8, when the Phillies were 18-34, they have gone 52-38.
"We always thought that we would eventually play well because we had good, young players," Wilson said. "Our theme coming out of spring training was to be patient, for that reason. Now it's started to pay off and we're playing a lot better."
Mets Manager Dave Johnson said he was becoming concerned with the difficulties the Mets are having against left-handers.
"Our last three or four games against left-handers, we can't score a run," he said. "Was Rawley getting us out or are we helping?"
Virgil's homer, his 17th of the season, came off Ed Lynch (10-8) in the second inning after Wilson led off with a single.
Lynch is 0-3 with four no-decisions in his last seven starts. He has not won a game since Aug. 11.