Series: Game 1 of 4

Philadelphia leads 1-0 (as of 8/2)

Game 1: Friday, August 2
Los Angeles 1Final
Philadelphia 3
Game 2: Saturday, August 3
Los Angeles 8Final
in 12
Philadelphia 6
Game 3: Sunday, August 4
Los Angeles 4Final
Philadelphia 3
Game 4: Monday, August 5
Los Angeles 5Final
Philadelphia 7

Dodgers 1

(60-49, 31-25 away)

Phillies 3

(52-56, 28-27 home)

    7:05 PM ET, August 2, 2002

    Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

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    W: C. Silva (3-0)

    L: P. Quantrill (2-4)

    S: J. Mesa (31)

    Houston's throwing error sends Phillies to victory

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The breaks are starting to go the right way for the Philadelphia Phillies.

    Pat Burrell doubled home the tying run with two outs in the eighth inning and Philadelphia scored twice more on Tyler Houston's throwing error as the Phillies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-1 Friday night.

    The Phillies have won three straight and eight of 10, moving within 7½ games of Los Angeles in the NL wild card race.

    "We had a little luck and we were able to take advantage of it,'' Phillies manager Larry Bowa said. "It's been like that for us lately.''

    Carlos Silva (3-0) earned the victory by getting two outs in the eighth, and Jose Mesa pitched the ninth for his 31st save in 38 chances.

    Paul Quantrill (2-4) got the first two outs of the eighth before allowing a double to Jeremy Giambi and a walk to Bobby Abreu.

    Burrell blooped a ground-rule double that hit the right-field line and tied it at 1. Los Angeles manager Jim Tracy briefly argued the call with first-base umpire Mike Everitt.

    "It was a fair ball, he got it right,'' said Tracy, who checked the replay after the game.

    Travis Lee followed with a grounder to third. Houston made the stop but threw wildly in the dirt to first, allowing two runs to score.

    Burrell tried to distract Houston on the play.

    "That's what I was trying to do,'' Burrell said. "I tried to get near him and maybe throw off his concentration.''

    It worked.

    "I was distracted a little,'' Houston said. "I didn't know whether to tag (Burrell) or go to first. Then, I just threw it away.''

    The Phillies got off to a 9-19 start, then sent All-Star third baseman Scott Rolen to St. Louis two days before the trade deadline. But the winning streak has created a positive buzz in the Philadelphia clubhouse.

    "It's been fun around here lately,'' said Burrell, who was quick to mention that the Phillies are climbing their way back into the wild card race. "We're playing much better in the second half of the season. We're doing the little things and getting great pitching.''

    Los Angeles broke a scoreless tie in the eighth against Phillies starter Vicente Padilla. Eric Karros was hit by a pitch, and Mark Grudzielanek and Alex Cora singled to load the bases.

    Dan Plesac relieved and got pinch-hitter Mike Kinkade to pop out as second baseman Marlon Anderson made a juggling catch in short right field. But pinch-hitter Marquis Grissom drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly off Silva.

    Center fielder Abreu's throw bounced wildly off the mound, allowing pinch-runner Cesar Izturis to score easily.

    Starters Andy Ashby and Padilla each had strong outings but settled for no-decisions. Ashby threw seven shutout innings, allowing four hits, walking three and striking out five.

    "I've been scuffling lately but I felt pretty good,'' he said.

    Padilla scattered five singles in seven-plus innings, striking out three. He did not walk a batter.

    "I felt real strong,'' said Padilla, who hit 97 mph with an eighth-inning fastball. "I was able to hit my spots with my fastball.''

    A rare call cost Philadelphia in the fourth. Abreu lined a two-out single and stole second base as Burrell swung through a pitch.

    However, plate umpire Joe West said Burrell unintentionally hit catcher Paul Lo Duca with his backswing and sent Abreu back to first. Burrell then singled to center, moving Abreu to third. After Travis Lee walked, Ashby got Mike Lieberthal to ground out to end the inning.

    Los Angeles left fielder Brian Jordan kept it scoreless in the fifth, catching Jimmy Rollins' routine fly and throwing out Placido Polanco at the plate to end the inning.

    In the sixth, Giambi doubled and moved to third on Abreu's groundout. But Ashby recovered by striking out Burrell and getting Lee on a grounder to first.

    Game notes

    Padilla lowered his NL-best home ERA to 2.33. ... Cora went 2-for-3 and is hitting .385 (10-for-26) in his last nine games. ... Ashby, who had two stints with the Phillies, is 1-7 career against Philadelphia. ... Gametime temperature was 98 degrees.

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