July 14, 2002: Mets Hold Off Phillies

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Date: July 14, 2002
Mets starter: Pedro Astacio
Mets: 4
Phillies: 2
Winning pitcher: Pedro Astacio
Key player(s): Pedro Astacio, Rey Ordonez, Roberto Alomar
Key play: Ordonez’s single, Alomar’s double

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a four-game series. The Mets withstood a pair of bases-loaded situations in the last two innings and came away with a 4-2 win over Philadelphia.

Mets’ starter Pedro Astacio pitched a scoreless top of the first. The Phils’ Brandon Duckworth retired the side in order in the bottom half and Astacio set down all three batters in the top of the second. Mo Vaughn drew a walk to open the bottom of the inning. Edgardo Alfonzo flied out to left fielder Pat Burrell and a single by Timo Perez followed. Vance Wilson walked to load the bases and Rey Ordonez singled to drive home Vaughn. Astacio went down on strikes and Roberto Alomar hit a double that scored Perez and Wilson for a 3-0 Mets lead. Duckworth then got Roger Cedeno on a fly ball to Burrell for the inning’s third out.

Ricky Ledee hit a solo home run with one out in the top of the third. Jimmy Rollins grounded out to second baseman Alomar and a double by Bobby Abreu ensued. Burrell drew a walk and Scott Rolen popped out to Alomar to end the inning. To begin the bottom half, Jeromy Burnitz singled and advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Burnitz stole third and Vaughn fouled out to third baseman Rolen. Alfonzo followed with a sacrifice fly to bring home Burnitz and extend the Mets’ lead to 4-1. Duckworth then retired Perez on a fly ball to center fielder Ledee to finish off the inning.

After scoreless fourth and fifth innings, Abreu homered to lead off the top of the sixth. Burrell flied out to left fielder Cedeno and a foul pop-up by Rolen was caught by first baseman Vaughn. Travis Lee was struck out to end the inning and Duckworth retired the side 1-2-3 in the bottom half. Astacio hurled a perfect top of the seventh. Philadelphia reliever Hector Mercado then set down all three hitters in the bottom of the inning.

Against Mets’ reliever Mark Guthrie, pinch-hitter Jason Michaels reached on shortstop Ordonez’s error to begin the top of the eighth. Rollins hit a single and Abreu grounded out to Alomar. New York’s David Weathers issued a walk to Burrell that loaded the bases. Weathers got Rolen to hit a ground ball to Ordonez for an inning-ending double play. Mercado then surrendered just a walk to Vaughn in the bottom half.

Mike Lieberthal got a one-out double against Mets’ reliever Armando Benitez in the top of the ninth. Marlon Anderson followed with a single on which Lieberthal stayed at second base. Pinch-hitter Jeremy Giambi went down on strikes and Michaels drew a walk to load the bases. Benitez then retired Rollins on a fly ball to center fielder Perez for the game’s final out. The Mets had a series-closing victory.