Final in 10

Series: Game 3 of 3

Philadelphia won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, September 13
Pittsburgh 5Final
Philadelphia 3
Game 2: Saturday, September 14
Pittsburgh 1Final
Philadelphia 4
Game 3: Sunday, September 15
Pittsburgh 0Final
in 10
Philadelphia 1

Pirates 0

(65-84, 33-45 away)

Phillies 1

(74-76, 39-39 home)

    1:35 PM ET, September 15, 2002

    Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

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    W: J. Mesa (4-6)

    L: S. Sauerbeck (3-3)

    Intentional walk backfires on Pirates

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Walking to the plate with two on and one out in the bottom of the 10th inning, Johnny Estrada remembered his game-winning home run in a similar situation last September.

    This time, he gave the Philadelphia Phillies a victory by just hitting a groundball back to the mound.

    Phillies

    Johnny Estrada's groundball turned into a winner for the Phillies on Sunday.

    Pat Burrell scored on a fielding mistake by reliever Scott Sauerbeck in the 10th inning as Philadelphia beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 1-0 on Sunday.

    "That was not how I wanted to win it, but I'll take it,'' said Estrada, who entered the game in the ninth. "We won, that's the bottom line.''

    With one out in the 10th, Pat Burrell was intentionally walked with nobody on, and he went to third on a single by Travis Lee. Estrada then hit a sharp grounder to Sauerbeck (3-3), who turned and made a bad throw to shortstop Jack Wilson.

    Wilson's throw to first was too late, allowing Burrell to score.

    "It wasn't heartbreaking, we didn't deserve to win,'' Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon said after his team managed just two hits. "It's frustrating, that's for sure.''

    Randy Wolf, 6-1 in his last 10 starts, did not get a decision despite allowing only one hit in eight shutout innings. He struck out a career-high 11 and walked two. He has pitched at least six innings in his last 17 starts.

    Wolf said it was his decision to leave the game after the eighth inning.

    "There was no reason to be macho,'' Wolf said. "I gave it all I could for eight innings. I didn't think it would be good for me or the team to go back out there.''

    Salomon Torres, a September callup making his third start of the season after being out of baseball from 1998 until 2000, pitched six scoreless innings for Pittsburgh. He gave up four hits, with five walks and a strikeout.

    In the ninth, Wilson hit a one-out single off reliever Jose Mesa (4-6) and went to second on a wild pitch. After Brian Giles was intentionally walked and the runners advanced on a groundout, Mesa struck out Craig Wilson to end the inning.

    The Phillies had two good early scoring opportunities. In the first, Doug Glanville hit a one-out triple but was stranded. Then in the fourth, Bobby Abreu doubled with one out and Burrell walked.

    After a flyout, they both moved up a base on an infield single by Mike Lieberthal that loaded the bases, but Placido Polanco grounded out to end the threat.

    Philadelphia also left two runners on in the seventh and eighth innings. Abreu popped out to end the seventh, and Marlon Anderson popped out to finish the eighth.

    Pittsburgh, the worst-hitting team in the majors, had only three baserunners through the first eight innings off Wolf. With one out in the second, Craig Wilson walked and moved to second on an error by second baseman Anderson, but Wolf retired the next two hitters to end the inning.

    Game notes


    Glanville returned to the team after missing two days to be with his father, who was hospitalized. ... It was the fourth time the Pirates had two hits this season. ... The announced attendance of 23,054 was biggest of the 11-game homestand. ... The Pirates struck out 14 times, matching a season high.

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