Series: Game 2 of 4

New York leads 2-0 (as of 9/7)

Game 1: Friday, September 6
New York 7Final
Philadelphia 2
Game 2: Saturday, September 7
New York 5Final
Philadelphia 4
Game 3: Sunday, September 8
New York 11Final
Philadelphia 3
Game 4: Monday, September 9
New York 6Final
Philadelphia 4

Mets 5

(66-74, 33-36 away)

Phillies 4

(70-71, 35-34 home)

    1:15 PM ET, September 7, 2002

    Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

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    W: T. Walker (1-0)

    L: J. Roa (3-3)

    S: A. Benitez (31)

    Mets' Walker earns first career win

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A sleepless night led to a joyful afternoon for Tyler Walker.

    Armando Benitez

    Walker, a September callup making his first career start, went five innings and closer Armando Benitez barely hung on as the New York Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-4 Saturday for their fifth straight win.

    "I was pretty nervous, didn't sleep at all,'' Walker said. "I was laying in bed and my heart was racing.''

    Walker (1-0), in his second career appearance, gave up three runs and six hits with four walks. His father, Ralph, and two best friends surprised him in Philadelphia to watch the win.

    "I was just trying to get through it today,'' Walker said. "Hopefully I'll get to savor it tonight.''

    "It makes for a great day when you get to experience someone's first career win,'' Mets manager Bobby Valentine said. "I liked everything I saw from him today. I was thrilled to be a part of it.''

    The Mets nearly did not get a chance to experience that thrill.

    New York took a 5-3 lead into the ninth, but Benitez began the inning by walking Tomas Perez and Jeremy Giambi. After a sacrifice bunt, Bobby Abreu walked to load the bases.

    Benitez then walked Pat Burrell on four pitches, forcing home a run. But Benitez escaped by striking out Travis Lee and retiring Mike Lieberthal on a comebacker for his 31st save in 35 chances.

    "We've seen Armando do that before,'' Valentine said. "But he got back into the groove and got the job done.''

    Roger Cedeno and Edgardo Alfonzo homered to help the Mets take the lead.

    Joe Roa (3-3) gave up four runs on five hits and four walks in six innings. The Phillies have lost five of six.

    The Mets trailed 3-2 in the sixth when Cedeno hit a two-run homer. Ty Wigginton kept the inning going with a two-out walk before Cedeno hit his sixth home run.

    Alfonzo hit his 14th homer to tie it in the second. Rey Ordonez led off the third with a triple and scored on Lieberthal's passed ball.

    The Mets added an insurance run in the ninth when Ordonez walked, moved to second on a wild pitch by reliever Jose Mesa and to third when Lieberthal's throw sailed into center field. A pinch-hit double by John Valentin drove in the run.

    With the Mets leading 2-1 in the fifth, Jimmy Rollins hit his 10th homer of the season, a two-run shot to give Philadelphia a 3-2 lead.

    After Rollins' homer, the Phillies loaded the bases with two outs but Placido Polanco popped up end the inning. The Phillies, who lead the majors in stranding runners, left 11 runners on for the game.

    "That looks like one area where we are going to come in first this year,'' said Phillies manager Larry Bowa.

    Philadelphia also scored a run in the first on an RBI single by Travis Lee.

    The Phillies had a good scoring chance in the seventh when Rollins and Abreu opened the inning with singles off reliever Pedro Feliciano.

    David Weathers relieved and struck out Burrell. Then, with Lee batting, the Phillies attempted a double steal but Rollins was caught at third.

    Game notes

    Walker's only other appearance also came against the Phillies. In relief, he gave up two runs and one hit in one inning on July 2. He was optioned back to Triple-A Norfolk on July 5. ... Phillies pinch-hitter Jason Michaels singled in the sixth and is now 10-for-27 (.370) in 24 day games. ... Benitez made 28 pitches in the ninth inning. ... Philadelphia's Doug Glanville is 22-for-57 (.384) in his last 17 games after a 2-for-4 performance Saturday.

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