Final in 12

Series: Game 3 of 4

Philadelphia leads 2-1 (as of 7/13)

Game 1: Thursday, July 11
Philadelphia 1Final
New York 9
Game 2: Friday, July 12
Philadelphia 9Final
New York 8
Game 3: Saturday, July 13
Philadelphia 7Final
in 12
New York 6
Game 4: Sunday, July 14
Philadelphia 2Final
New York 4

Phillies 7

(41-48, 17-26 away)

Mets 6

(44-46, 22-20 home)

    1:15 PM ET, July 13, 2002

    Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York 

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    PHI 00303000001 7 - -
    NYM 00011022000 6 - -

    W: H. Mercado (2-1)

    L: S. Strickland (6-6)

    S: C. Silva (1)

    Lee's RBI single in 12th leads Phillies to win

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Philadelphia manager Larry Bowa doesn't know how many more of these Phillies wins he can take.

    Alfonzo gone?
    The New York Daily News reports third baseman Edgardo Alfonzo rejected a three-year offer from the Mets estimated to be worth between $18 million and $19 million.

    Alfonzo told the newspaper he's looking for a five- to seven-year deal.

    "The money was fine," Alfonzo told the newspaper. "I just wanted more years."

    Alfonzo will be a free agent at the end of this season.

    Travis Lee hit an RBI single in the 12th inning as the Phillies overcame another bullpen meltdown to beat the New York Mets 7-6 Saturday.

    After holding on for a 9-8 victory Friday, the Phillies survived a blown save by closer Jose Mesa in the ninth and two threats by the Mets in extra innings before winning it.

    "Every game is tough,'' Bowa said. "It doesn't matter how many runs we score, it's always a one or two-run game. It's tough to play like that and tough to manage like that. It could have been worse. We could have lost those two games.''

    It looked like the Phillies might lose when the Mets put a runner on third with one out in the 11th. But Hector Mercado (1-2) struck out Roger Cedeno and retired Timo Perez on a groundout to preserve the tie.

    Philadelphia then won it in the 12th. Pat Burrell led off with his third walk of the game and went to third on Scott Rolen's single against Scott Strickland (6-6).

    Lee followed with a run-scoring single to center to make it 7-6.

    "He reached back for a slider, jammed Lee, and he just blooped it into center field,'' Mets manager Bobby Valentine said. "I thought good pitches, bad results.''

    The Phillies loaded the bases with one out, but Strickland recovered to strike out pinch-hitter Tomas Perez and retire Doug Glanville on a flyout. Philadelphia is hitting .169 with the bases loaded this season.

    Carlos Silva pitched the 12th for his first career save, getting help with a nifty 4-4-3 double play by second baseman Marlon Anderson.

    "It feels good to do something that contributes to a win,'' said Anderson, who also had four hits and two RBI.

    Silva retired John Valentin on a shallow fly with runners at first and second to end it, a rare bright spot for a Phillies bullpen that has a major league-worst 5.09 ERA.

    "It's mentally draining,'' Phillies catcher Todd Pratt said. "That's all I can say. Sometimes the mental fatigue gets to you.''

    Mike Piazza drove in three runs and Edgardo Alfonzo hit a solo homer for the Mets, who matched a season worst by dropping two games below .500. New York began the day 13{ games behind Atlanta in the NL East, matching its largest deficit since finishing 18 games out in 1998.

    "The positive thing you can say is we battled back,'' Piazza said. "We just didn't finish it.''

    Mets reliever Mark Corey, who missed two weeks after collapsing from a seizure, pitched one perfect inning in his first game back.

    The Mets trailed 6-1 in the sixth inning before closing to 6-4 against Phillies starter Vicente Padilla.

    But Mesa couldn't protect that lead in the ninth, blowing his sixth save in 29 chances. Jeromy Burnitz singled with one out for his third hit of the game. One out later, Rey Ordonez beat out a slow roller to second base for an infield hit.

    Bowa argued the call with first-base umpire Mark Wegner, but replays showed Ordonez beat the throw with a headfirst slide.

    Roger Cedeno lined the next pitch into center field to make it 6-5 and put runners on first and third. Ordonez scored on a wild pitch to tie it.

    "It just fell apart,'' Pratt said.

    Padilla, whose stiff arm was a big reason the All-Star Game ended in a tie, looked fine against the Mets. He allowed four runs and nine hits in 7 1-3 innings and also had an RBI.

    "I felt good today,'' Padilla said through an interpreter. "In the All-Star Game my arm felt tight. A couple of days off helped me feel better.''

    Mets starter Shawn Estes, whose 55 walks are seventh-most in the NL, was again hurt by his poor control. Three of the four batters Estes walked eventually scored.

    After walking Burrell and Lee in the fourth inning, Estes allowed a two-run double to Pratt. Anderson followed with an RBI single, prompting boos from the frustrated crowd of 51,470.

    Alfonzo's sixth homer of the year brought the Mets within two, but the Phillies knocked Estes out with three runs in the sixth, including an RBI double by Anderson.

    Estes allowed six runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings. He has just one win in his past nine starts.

    Game notes

    Burrell grounded out against Armando Benitez in the 10th inning and is 4-for-6 with three homers and two walks in his career against the Mets closer. ... The Phillies have won 12 of 16 road games after starting the season 5-22 away from home. ... Rolen has hit safely in 11 straight games.

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