Final

Series: Game 1 of 3

Philadelphia leads 1-0 (as of 8/30)

Game 1: Friday, August 30
Philadelphia 7Final
New York 5
Game 2: Saturday, August 31
Philadelphia 1Final
New York 0
Game 3: Sunday, September 1
Philadelphia 9Final
New York 5

Phillies 7

(67-66, 32-34 away)

Mets 5

(61-71, 30-35 home)

    7:10 PM ET, August 30, 2002

    Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York 

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    W: V. Padilla (14-8)

    L: P. Astacio (11-8)

    S: J. Mesa (39)

    Lee's three-run homer keys Phillies' win

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Pat Burrell sure enjoys playing at Shea Stadium much more than the New York Mets these days.

    Pat Burrell
    Burrell

    Burrell drove in three runs to pass 100 RBI for the first time in his promising young career as the Philadelphia Phillies sent New York to its 12th straight loss at home, 7-5 Friday night.

    A Mets nemesis throughout his three years in the majors, Burrell is 18-for-47 (.383) with 14 RBI against them this season.

    "I smile when I come into this park,'' he said.

    Travis Lee hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the seventh inning to make up for a key error. The Phillies (67-66) won for the eighth time in nine games and moved above .500 for the first time since they were 5-4 on April 10.

    Ricky Ledee hit a leadoff homer, and Vicente Padilla pitched seven innings.

    "Just to get back to .500 the way we started says a lot about this group,'' Burrell said.

    Edgardo Alfonzo hit a three-run shot for the Mets, who have not won at Shea Stadium since beating Houston 10-0 on July 31. It is New York's worst skid since setting a franchise record by dropping the final 13 home games in 1979 under manager Joe Torre.

    The last-place Mets have lost 14 of 17 overall.

    "What can you say?'' Mike Piazza asked. "It kind of typifies what we've gone through this year.''

    Marlon Anderson led off the seventh with a bunt single, and Placido Polanco was hit by a pitch. Lee, batting eighth for the fourth time this season, hit the next delivery from Pedro Astacio (11-8) over the right-center fence for his 10th home run and a 5-4 lead.

    "A lot of power from the eight hole,'' Lee said. "It's not like you hit a home run and the error goes away. It's still with me. You hit a home run to put your team ahead it feels great no matter if you make an error or not.''

    Burrell added a two-run double with two outs off David Weathers. The Phillies slugger has 101 RBI on the season, and his coaches saved the ball he hit to reach the milestone.

    "Like everything else, I'll probably give it to my dad,'' Burrell said.

    Astacio, New York's most consistent starter all season, has lost four consecutive starts.

    Padilla (14-8) allowed four runs -- three earned -- and five hits to improve to 4-0 in his career against the Mets. Mike Timlin worked a perfect eighth, and Jose Mesa got three outs for his 39th save in 48 chances.

    Jeromy Burnitz led off the ninth for the Mets with his 200th career home run and first since July 31. It was his 12th of the season.

    New York got a huge break in the fourth and took the lead. Mo Vaughn hit a potential double-play grounder to first, but the normally sure-handed Lee threw the ball into left field for a two-base error.

    Alfonzo hit the next pitch over the left-field fence for his 12th home run of the season.

    Astacio led off the fourth with a solid double to left-center and later scored on Piazza's sacrifice fly for a 4-2 lead.

    "The guys were excited about baseball and they played in an exciting way,'' Mets manager Bobby Valentine said. "We had a lead, and then in four pitches we didn't.''

    Ledee opened the game with his eighth home run of the season, and the next three batters reached as well. Burrell's RBI single made it 2-0.

    "He's had success against a lot of people,'' Philadelphia manager Larry Bowa said. "He's got 101 RBI. That's not all against the Mets.''

    Astacio gave up six runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings, striking out eight and hitting three batters. He has an 11.44 ERA in his last four starts.

    Game notes


    When Astacio hit Ledee with a pitch in the seventh, the ball glanced off Ledee's hip and struck plate umpire Jerry Layne on the left hand. Layne came out of the game with a bruised knuckle and was replaced behind the plate by second base umpire Ed Montague. X-rays were negative. ... The Phillies have homered in a franchise-record 16 straight games. ... Anderson legged out a double on a groundball up the middle in the eighth. ... Burrell has 14 homers and 44 RBI against the Mets in his career. ... Astacio struck out six of seven batters starting in the second inning. ... Alfonzo passed Mookie Wilson for third place on the Mets' career list with 1,114 hits. ... Valentine was in the dugout after appealing his one-game suspension. He and Weathers were ejected Sunday in Colorado when Weathers hit a batter with a pitch. ... New York OF Timo Perez walked twice to give him 17 this season. ... The Phillies are 18-11 since trading All-Star 3B Scott Rolen to St. Louis on July 29.

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