Final

Series: Game 3 of 3

Philadelphia won 2-1

Game 1: Tuesday, July 30
San Francisco 10Final
Philadelphia 3
Game 2: Wednesday, July 31
San Francisco 6Final
Philadelphia 8
Game 3: Thursday, August 1
San Francisco 1Final
Philadelphia 2

Giants 1

(59-49, 29-26 away)

Phillies 2

(51-56, 27-27 home)

7:05 PM ET, August 1, 2002

Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

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W: R. Wolf (7-7)

L: R. Ortiz (7-8)

S: J. Mesa (30)

Phillies score both runs on fielder's choices

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Randy Wolf is back -- and so is his confidence.

Randy Wolf
Wolf

The left-hander threw seven strong innings and the Philadelphia Phillies scored two runs on a pair of fielder's choices in the seventh inning to beat the San Francisco Giants 2-1 Thursday night.

Wolf (7-7) allowed four hits, including three singles, over seven innings and earned his third win in his last four starts. He struck out five and walked one.

After missing his first two starts of the season with tendinitis in his left elbow, Wolf encountered a rough stretch, losing three of his first nine decisions. He has rebounded with four wins in his last five decisions.

"I went back to the way I wanted to throw the ball,'' Wolf said. "When I first came back, I didn't want to rehurt myself and I think I was throwing the ball differently. It definitely had a negative effect on me.''

The outing was a boost for the Phillies staff, who watched their previous two starters, Brandon Duckworth and rookie Brett Myers, fail to reach the fifth inning. Making matters worse for the staff was the news that Robert Person will have shoulder surgery on Tuesday and could miss the rest of the season.

"Randy picked us up big time tonight,'' Larry Bowa said. "His arm strength is back.''

Barry Bonds was out of the Giants' lineup, but pinch-hit in the ninth inning. After missing 10 starts due to a strained right hamstring, Bonds went 3-for-4 with a homer Wednesday night, but appeared to aggravate the injury making a shoestring catch.

Bonds grounded out after Reggie Sanders led off the ninth with a single as Jose Mesa got his 30th save in 37 opportunities. Terry Adams pitched a scoreless eighth.

Mesa walked J.T. Snow after retiring Bonds, and pinch-runner Tom Goodwin went to third on Damon Minor's flyball that reached the warning track in deep center field.

Mesa, who loaded the bases the previous night before earning the save, retired Kenny Lofton to end the game.

"I thought (Minor's fly ball) was out, I think everybody did,'' Giants shortstop Rich Aurilia said. "That's two nights in a row we had a chance in the ninth but came up short. It's tough.''

Wolf consistently kept the Giants off-balance with a slow curveball that ranged from 67 to 71 mph on the stadium's radar gun.

"Randy actually has a curveball this year and it's been a huge pitch for him,'' Phillies catcher Mike Lieberthal said.

Giants manager Dusty Baker agreed.

"That pitch is the major difference between how (Wolf) was last year and now,'' he said. "It has helped him develop into a productive pitcher.''

Wolf's lone mistake came to the third batter of the game as Rich Aurilia hit his ninth homer of the season.

Philadelphia took advantage of some poor defensive decisions in the seventh inning to ruin what began as a solid outing by Russ Ortiz.

Ortiz (7-8) allowed just six hits in the complete-game loss, and gave up just four hits in the first six innings.

"It was one of the best performances we've seen this season,'' Bowa said.

Jeremy Giambi singled and Doug Glanville came into the game as a pinch-runner before Mike Lieberthal followed with a single. Placido Polanco got a bunt down that Ortiz fielded and threw late to third, loading the bases.

Marlon Anderson hit into a force play at second, allowing Glanville to score. Pinch-hitter Travis Lee hit a slow roller to first base, where Jeff Kent fielded and threw late to the plate as Lieberthal scored. Ortiz got out of further trouble when Ricky Ledee hit into a double play to end the inning.

Ortiz's biggest jam came in the second when he surrendered a pair of one-out singles to Lieberthal and Polanco. Ortiz escaped when he got Anderson to bounce into an inning-ending double play.

"It was a great performance by Ortiz,'' Baker said. "We certainly wanted to win it for him and because the other two teams (NL West rivals Los Angeles and Arizona) both lost.''

Game notes


Phillies pitchers have hit 49 batters -- more than any other team in the NL after Wolf plunked Kent in the sixth inning. ... The Phillies and Giants split the season series, 3-3. ... Mesa is just the third Phillies player to have back-to-back 30-save seasons, joining Mitch Williams and Ricky Bottalico. ... Wolf is tied for second with Chicago's Jon Lieber in the NL with 3.5 runs of support per game. Milwaukee's Ben Sheets averages the fewest with 3.3. ... C Lieberthal has hit in five straight and is 10 for 19 over the span. ... Ortiz has two complete games this season, both 2-1 losses.

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