Series: Game 3 of 3

Philadelphia won 3-0

Game 1: Tuesday, May 7
Houston 4Final
Philadelphia 7
Game 2: Wednesday, May 8
Houston 3Final
Philadelphia 5
Game 3: Thursday, May 9
Houston 1Final
Philadelphia 3

Astros 1

(14-19, 7-11 away)

Phillies 3

(15-19, 12-7 home)

    7:05 PM ET, May 9, 2002

    Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

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    HOU 000000100 1 - -
    PHI 00100020 - 3 - -

    W: R. Wolf (2-1)

    L: D. Mlicki (3-4)

    S: J. Mesa (11)

    Phillies edge Astros to win sixth straight game

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Randy Wolf got aggressive to try and overcome a bad start to his season.

    Randy Wolf

    Pitching ahead in the count, Wolf allowed two hits in seven innings and pinch-hitter Tomas Perez hit a two-run double in the seventh to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to their sixth straight win, 3-1 win over the Houston Astros on Wednesday night.

    "I wanted to throw strikes tonight," said Wolf, who threw 19 first-pitch strikes to the 22 batters he faced. "I figured if I was going to have a bad game I do it by getting ahead of the hitters."

    Wolf, who went 1-1 with a 7.09 ERA in his first five starts, helped the Phillies sweep Houston at home for the first time since July 1985.

    "I've really been disappointed with the way I've pitched lately," Wolf said. "I didn't feel like I was that far away and that was frustrating. I needed a game like tonight."

    Wolf (2-1) retired the first 13 batters until Richard Hidalgo singled with one out in the fifth inning. Hidalgo was then forced out at second as the front end of a double play.

    Wolf allowed one run, struck out four and didn't walk a batter. The only run came on Jeff Bagwell's solo homer with two outs in the seventh.

    "He made one mistake and it might not have been that big a mistake," Phillies manager Larry Bowa said. "Everyone in the organization tells me he's a slow starter. I hope he's gotten it out of the way."

    Jose Mesa pitched the ninth for his 11th save.

    Mlicki (3-4) gave up three runs, six hits and three walks in 6 1-3 innings. He had allowed only one run before running into trouble in the seventh.

    Mike Lieberthal led off with a walk and Ricky Ledee followed with an infield single that slammed off Mlicki's foot.

    A sacrifice by Marlon Anderson moved the runners to second and third. Perez then doubled down the right-field line to make it 3-1.

    "Mlicki pitched well, we're just not swinging the bats," said Astros manager Jimy Williams, who added that the team "will break out of it. We've got too many good hitters."

    The Phillies scored the game's first run in the third. Wolf led off the inning with a walk and went to third on a double by Jimmy Rollins and scored on a groundout by Bobby Abreu.

    Game notes

    Perez is 4-for-8 with five RBI this season with runners in scoring position. ... Houston placed RHP Hipolito Pichardo on the restricted list as the hurler plans to retire because of right elbow problems. The Astros recalled outfielder Jason Lane from Triple-A New Orleans. ... Houston's Craig Biggio singled in the ninth inning to break an 0-for-20 stretch. ... Before this series, the Astros were 12-4 in Philadelphia dating back to 1998. ... The back-to-back sweep of three-game series with the Astros and Colorado is the Phillies' first since 1998 when they swept back-to-back three-game sets from Milwaukee and Pittsburgh.

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