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spent part of his break watching tape of himself from last season, when he was an All-Star for the Cleveland . Thursday night, he let everyone else see the old Alomar, too. He doubled to key an eight-run burst in the eighth inning and capped it with an RBI single as the New York beat the Philadelphia 9-1. "Well, I would have liked to go to the All-Star game," said Alomar, whose streak of 12 straight appearances ended this year. "I saw some things I did. I feel much better and I'm seeing the ball better now. Alomar struggled in the first half - especially against left-handed pitching. Alomar came into the game hitting .207 against lefties, but got two key hits against Philadelphia left-handers and reliever . In the first inning, Alomar doubled off Wolf and scored on 's RBI single for the ' only run until their avalanche eighth. Piazza and each drove in three runs as the evened their record at 44-44. After the tied it in the top of the eighth with a run off , the broke it open. Pinch-hitter began with a walk off Cormier (4-5). Perez pinch-ran and scored on Alomar's double for a 2-1 lead. "He can't do that," manager Larry Bowa said of the leadoff walk. "He's got to be the guy." The ripped off five hits in a row after that, including a two-run triple by Piazza. Perez hit a three-run double with two outs and scored on a single by Alomar. "I think for us, it seems to be contagious if we can get someone to get a big hit," Piazza said. "Hopefully, every day it's a different guy." Alomar's run in the first was the only one that Leiter got to work with, and he wound up with just his second no-decision since April. Leiter left to a standing ovation with two runners on base. He gave up a one-out single to , who went to third on 's double. relieved and blooped an RBI single that bounced out of shortstop 's glove. Ordonez appeared to have trouble getting around Rolen, who was leading off second base. (3-0) finished the eighth, ending it with a double-play ball from after walking . Leiter pitched in and out of trouble all night, giving up seven hits and two walks. He struck out eight and lowered his ERA over his last seven starts to 1.90. night. Padilla was pushed back because he pitched the 10th and 11th innings in the All-Star game. ... Wolf pitched seven innings, striking out seven and giving up three hits. He struck out three times. ... 's name was shown on the scoreboard several times, including as late as the eighth inning, as one of the Florida players in town next week for the -Marlins series. One problem: Floyd was traded to Montreal on Thursday. The come to Shea on July 22. ... There was a pregame moment of silence in memory of Ted Williams. ... was called out when he ran into the ball in fair territory after a bunt attempt in the second inning. It was scored as a putout for C Lieberthal.
Tagged: Nationals, Mets, Phillies, Marlins, Scott Rolen, Vicente Padilla, Pat Burrell

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