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Lee's three-run homer keys Phillies' win

8/31/2002

NEW YORK (AP) -- Pat Burrell sure enjoys playing at Shea Stadium
much more than the New York Mets these days.

Burrell drove in three runs to pass 100 RBI for the first time
in his promising young career as the Philadelphia Phillies sent New
York to its 12th straight loss at home, 7-5 Friday night.

A Mets nemesis throughout his three years in the majors, Burrell
is 18-for-47 (.383) with 14 RBI against them this season.

"I smile when I come into this park,'' he said.

Travis Lee hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the seventh inning
to make up for a key error. The Phillies (67-66) won for the eighth
time in nine games and moved above .500 for the first time since
they were 5-4 on April 10.

Ricky Ledee hit a leadoff homer, and Vicente Padilla pitched
seven innings.

"Just to get back to .500 the way we started says a lot about
this group,'' Burrell said.

Edgardo Alfonzo hit a three-run shot for the Mets, who have not
won at Shea Stadium since beating Houston 10-0 on July 31. It is
New York's worst skid since setting a franchise record by dropping
the final 13 home games in 1979 under manager Joe Torre.

The last-place Mets have lost 14 of 17 overall.

"What can you say?'' Mike Piazza asked. "It kind of typifies
what we've gone through this year.''

Marlon Anderson led off the seventh with a bunt single, and
Placido Polanco was hit by a pitch. Lee, batting eighth for the
fourth time this season, hit the next delivery from Pedro Astacio
(11-8) over the right-center fence for his 10th home run and a 5-4
lead.

"A lot of power from the eight hole,'' Lee said. "It's not
like you hit a home run and the error goes away. It's still with
me. You hit a home run to put your team ahead it feels great no
matter if you make an error or not.''

Burrell added a two-run double with two outs off David Weathers.
The Phillies slugger has 101 RBI on the season, and his coaches
saved the ball he hit to reach the milestone.

"Like everything else, I'll probably give it to my dad,''
Burrell said.

Astacio, New York's most consistent starter all season, has lost
four consecutive starts.

Padilla (14-8) allowed four runs -- three earned -- and five hits
to improve to 4-0 in his career against the Mets. Mike Timlin
worked a perfect eighth, and Jose Mesa got three outs for his 39th
save in 48 chances.

Jeromy Burnitz led off the ninth for the Mets with his 200th
career home run and first since July 31. It was his 12th of the
season.

New York got a huge break in the fourth and took the lead. Mo
Vaughn hit a potential double-play grounder to first, but the
normally sure-handed Lee threw the ball into left field for a
two-base error.

Alfonzo hit the next pitch over the left-field fence for his
12th home run of the season.

Astacio led off the fourth with a solid double to left-center
and later scored on Piazza's sacrifice fly for a 4-2 lead.

"The guys were excited about baseball and they played in an
exciting way,'' Mets manager Bobby Valentine said. "We had a lead,
and then in four pitches we didn't.''

Ledee opened the game with his eighth home run of the season,
and the next three batters reached as well. Burrell's RBI single
made it 2-0.

"He's had success against a lot of people,'' Philadelphia
manager Larry Bowa said. "He's got 101 RBI. That's not all
against the Mets.''

Astacio gave up six runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings, striking
out eight and hitting three batters. He has an 11.44 ERA in his
last four starts.

Game notes
When Astacio hit Ledee with a pitch in the seventh, the
ball glanced off Ledee's hip and struck plate umpire Jerry Layne on
the left hand. Layne came out of the game with a bruised knuckle
and was replaced behind the plate by second base umpire Ed
Montague. X-rays were negative. ... The Phillies have homered in a
franchise-record 16 straight games. ... Anderson legged out a
double on a groundball up the middle in the eighth. ... Burrell has
14 homers and 44 RBI against the Mets in his career. ... Astacio
struck out six of seven batters starting in the second inning. ...
Alfonzo passed Mookie Wilson for third place on the Mets' career
list with 1,114 hits. ... Valentine was in the dugout after
appealing his one-game suspension. He and Weathers were ejected
Sunday in Colorado when Weathers hit a batter with a pitch. ... New
York OF Timo Perez walked twice to give him 17 this season. ... The
Phillies are 18-11 since trading All-Star 3B Scott Rolen to St.
Louis on July 29.