Series: Game 4 of 4

Series tied 2-2 (as of 7/14)

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 2

(41-49, 17-27 away)

Mets 4

(45-46, 23-20 home)

    1:10 PM ET, July 14, 2002

    Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York 

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    NYM 03100000 - 4 - -

    W: P. Astacio (9-3)

    L: B. Duckworth (5-7)

    S: A. Benitez (21)

    Astacio sharp as Mets defeat Phillies

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Roberto Alomar got two clutch hits in one at-bat. The one that counted was good enough for the New York Mets.

    Pedro Astacio

    Pedro Astacio pitched seven sharp innings, and Alomar hit a two-run double moments after his apparent base hit was wiped out to lead the Mets over the Philadelphia Phillies 4-2 Sunday.

    "What are you going to do? You've got to stay there,'' Alomar said. "I battled until the end and got a big hit for us. You have to stay focused. I didn't lose my concentration, that's for sure.''

    Alomar came to the plate with two outs and the bases loaded in the second inning, and a strange sequence followed.

    Plate umpire Mark Wegner called time just as Phillies starter Brandon Duckworth went into his delivery. Not only did he throw a pitch anyway, Alomar lashed it into right-center for what would have been at least a two-run single if it had counted.

    Alomar eventually lined a ground-rule double into the right-field corner to make it 3-0.

    "He got two hits in that at-bat,'' Mets manager Bobby Valentine said. "Two outs, we need a hit and we get it -- and it doesn't count. It's a good thing we turned that around.''

    Rey Ordonez and Edgardo Alfonzo also drove in runs for the Mets, who gained a split of the four-game series.

    Astacio (9-3) allowed only four hits, including solo homers by Ricky Ledee and Bobby Abreu, and retired 13 of his last 14 batters to beat Philadelphia for the second time in 12 days.

    "He was his old self today,'' Mets catcher Vance Wilson said. "He's been awesome all year, just another chapter in his book. Every time we've needed a big start, he's come through.''

    New York reliever David Weathers escaped a bases-loaded jam in the eighth by getting Scott Rolen to ground into an inning-ending double play. Weathers pumped his fist enthusiastically after getting out of the inning.

    "I think sometimes on this team, and I'm guilty of it, too, we've made some big plays and we haven't had a lot of emotion,'' Weathers said. "Sometimes it's good to have some fire and emotion. It felt good to get out of it.''

    Rolen, the subject of trade talks, went 0-for-4 to snap an 11-game hitting streak. He stranded six runners. The Phillies are batting .167 (14-for-84) with the bases loaded this season.

    "It was a bad day,'' Rolen said. "I had opportunities, I just didn't swing the bat well.''

    Armando Benitez worked the ninth for his 21st save in 23 chances, retiring Jimmy Rollins on a flyout to end the game with the bases loaded.

    With the Philadelphia bullpen taxed by Saturday's 12-inning game, Duckworth (5-7) labored to get into the middle innings before settling down. He allowed four runs and four hits in six innings, walking three and throwing a wild pitch.

    Duckworth loaded the bases in the second on walks to Mo Vaughn and Wilson, and a single by Timo Perez. After a long at-bat, Ordonez beat out an infield single with a headfirst dive, giving New York a 1-0 lead.

    Alomar's double came one out later. After struggling throughout the first half of the season, he is batting .429 (15-for-35) with six extra-base hits during an eight-game hitting streak. He's scored 10 runs and knocked in eight during that span.

    "Robbie's so good. He just wasn't taking his good swings early in the season,'' Valentine said. "Now he's having a good at-bat almost every time up.''

    Ledee hit his fourth home run in the third.

    Jeromy Burnitz, batting third for the second time this season, helped create a run in the bottom half when he singled, went to second on a wild pitch and stole third.

    Burnitz scored on Alfonzo's sacrifice fly, just his 28th RBI of the year.

    Abreu's leadoff home run in the sixth cut it to 4-2. "The way it turned out, I guess I'm happy with a split,'' Phillies manager Larry Bowa said. "We could have won four, we could have lost four.''

    Game notes

    Mets C Mike Piazza got the day off. ... A crowd of 40,463 turned out for Alomar bobblehead day. ... Mets RHP Steve Trachsel, on the disabled list with a strained back muscle, will make a rehabilitation start for Double-A Binghamton on Tuesday. ... The Mets have won five of Astacio's last six starts. ... The Phillies are 1-40 when trailing after seven innings. ... The Philadelphia bullpen, worst in the majors, did not give up a run for the first time since pitching 1 2/3 scoreless innings July 1 against the Mets. ... Ordonez, a three-time Gold Glove winner at shortstop, made his 14th error of the season.

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