Series: Game 3 of 3

Philadelphia won 2-1

Game 1: Monday, July 1
New York 3Final
Philadelphia 6
Game 2: Tuesday, July 2
New York 12Final
Philadelphia 6
Game 3: Wednesday, July 3
New York 7Final
Philadelphia 8

Mets 7

(41-42, 20-24 away)

Phillies 8

(38-44, 23-19 home)

    7:05 PM ET, July 3, 2002

    Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

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    NYM 000004300 7 - -
    PHI 01000511 - 8 - -

    W: D. Plesac (3-3)

    L: S. Strickland (6-5)

    S: J. Mesa (22)

    Piazza delivers two three-run homers in loss

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Jimmy Rollins gave the fans a reason to come back to Veterans Stadium.

    Mike Piazza

    The Mets' Mike Piazza, right, is congratulated by his teammates after hitting a three-run homer in the sixth.

    Rollins' two-out RBI single in the eighth inning lifted the Philadelphia Phillies to an 8-7 victory over the New York Mets before a crowd of 50,396 on Wednesday night.

    Mike Piazza hit a pair of three-run homers for the Mets, who lost for the fifth time in seven games.

    Philadelphia won its third straight series, but first at Veterans Stadium since beating Montreal on June 2 to take two of three against the Expos.

    Scott Strickland (6-5) retired the first two batters in the eighth, but left after Ricky Ledee doubled to left-center. Mark Guthrie entered and Rollins lined his first pitch into center, scoring Ledee to give the Phillies an 8-7 lead.

    Though most of the fans showed up to see fireworks after the game, it was the type of victory that could get more people interested in the Phillies. The last-place Phillies entered the night with the third-worst attendance in the NL.

    "The crowd reminded me of the late 1970s, early '80s,'' said manager Larry Bowa, a shortstop on the Phillies' 1980 championship team. "To win it the way we did is incredible.''

    Dan Plesac (2-1) pitched 1 1/3 hitless innings, and Jose Mesa worked the ninth, striking out Piazza with a runner on first for his 22nd save in 26 chances.

    After Piazza's second homer gave the Mets a 7-6 lead in the seventh, Bobby Abreu walked to start the bottom of the inning against reliever Jaime Cerda. Strickland entered, Abreu stole second and Burrell hit a double to right-center that tied it at 7.

    "I was fooled,'' Burrell said. "It was a slider that I usually hit to shortstop. I stayed with it and went to right.''

    Mets starter Jeff D'Amico allowed four runs and eight hits in five innings. He has won just once in his last seven starts.

    Randy Wolf gave up four runs and five hits in six innings for the Phillies. He had allowed two runs or less in four of his last five starts, but went just 1-2 in those outings.

    "We swung the bats well. We just didn't hold them,'' Mets manager Bobby Valentine said.

    Trailing 6-4, the Mets rallied with two outs in the seventh off reliever Carlos Silva. Roger Cedeno and Edgardo Alfonzo singled. Piazza then hit a 2-1 pitch into the right-field bullpen for his 17th homer and a 7-6 lead.

    Piazza hit a three-run homer off Wolf an inning earlier that gave the Mets a 3-1 lead. Mo Vaughn followed with a solo shot that made it 4-1, but the Phillies answered with five runs in the bottom of the inning.

    Rollins led off the inning with a triple off D'Amico and Abreu followed with a two-run homer to right that cut it to 4-3. Burrell then chased D'Amico by hitting a 3-2 pitch into the left-field seats for his 21st homer, tying the game at 4.

    Scott Rolen greeted David Weathers with a single, and scored on Marlon Anderson's double down the left-field line, giving the Phillies a 5-4 lead. Pinch-hitter Doug Glanville added an RBI single that made it 6-4.

    Mike Lieberthal's RBI single in the second gave the Phillies a 1-0 lead.

    The crowd was the largest at the Vet since Opening Day when 50,942 came out to see the Phillies after they finished in second place last season.

    "To hear that noise is nice. It's not something you normally hear at the Vet,'' Rollins said.

    Wolf retired the first nine batters and 15 of 17 before D'Amico and Roger Cedeno singled to start the sixth. After Alfonzo flied out to right, Piazza nailed Wolf's first pitch deep into the left-center field seats and Vaughn followed by hitting an 0-2 pitch just over the right-center field wall for his 10th homer.

    "I was trying to hit the ball out of the park,'' Piazza said about the 3-2 pitch he missed for the final out.

    Game notes

    Joe McEwing started at 2B instead of Roberto Alomar. He went 0-for-2, and is in an 0-for-31 slump. ... Burrell has 13 homers and 38 RBI in 136 career at-bats against the Mets. ... Alfonzo is 2-for-26 against Wolf. Piazza is 8-for-20 off Wolf with three homers.

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