Series: Game 2 of 2

Series tied 1-1 (as of 5/29)

Game 1: Tuesday, May 28
Philadelphia 5Final
New York 3
Game 2: Wednesday, May 29
Philadelphia 3Final
New York 4

Phillies 3

(21-31, 5-22 away)

Mets 4

(28-25, 14-13 home)

    7:10 PM ET, May 29, 2002

    Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York 

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    NYM 00003010 - 4 - -

    W: S. Strickland (5-2)

    L: J. Santiago (1-3)

    S: A. Benitez (10)

    PIazza smacks 10th homer of season

    NEW YORK (AP) -- A struggling Shawn Estes kept the New York Mets in the game long enough for Mike Piazza to win it.

    Mike Piazza

    The Mets' Mike Piazza is congratulated by teammates after his solo shot in the seventh inning.

    Piazza hit a tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning and the Mets rallied from a three-run deficit to defeat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3 Wednesday night.

    "That's Mike. He's a big player and came up big tonight,'' Mets manager Bobby Valentine said. "That home run just kept going. That was a big hit.''

    The Phillies took a 3-0 lead against Estes in the fifth inning, but starter Randy Wolf couldn't hold it and Philadelphia lost for the 22nd time in 27 road games this season.

    Piazza hit an RBI groundout in New York's three-run fifth inning before giving the Mets their first lead of the game with one out in the seventh.

    Piazza drove a 2-2 pitch from Jose Santiago (1/3) over the 410-foot mark in center field for his 10th homer of the season.

    "I'm seeing the ball a little better and taking better swings,'' said Piazza, who went 8-for-21 on the homestand to raise his average to .271. "I'm not a pull hitter and never have been. I try to stay in the middle of the park.''

    Estes struggled allowing nine hits and four walks in five innings. But he induced three double plays and held Philadelphia to three runs.

    "He won the game for us by staying away from the big inning,'' Valentine said. "He made the big pitches when he needed to.''

    Scott Strickland (5-2) pitched 1 2/3 hitless innings for the win and Armando Benitez got three outs for his 10th save in 11 chances.

    New York started the day out of first place in the NL East for the first time since May 16 and looked little like a first-place team in the early going.

    But the Mets ended the day back in first after Atlanta lost 4-3 to Montreal to fall into a tie with New York.

    "No one is going to run away with this division,'' New York's Mo Vaughn said. "We can if we start hitting. But it's going to be a dogfight down to the wire.''

    The Mets, who had scored three or fewer runs in 17 of their past 23 games, struggled against Wolf before breaking through in the fifth.

    Trailing 3-0, New York took advantage of two infield hits, a walk and a hit batsman to tie the game.

    Rey Ordonez started the rally by bouncing a high chopper off home plate for an infield single. Pinch-hitter Ty Wiggington followed with his first career hit.

    Roberto Alomar, hitting .179 against lefties this season, blooped an RBI single to right field for his second hit of the game against Wolf.

    Wolf then hit Edgardo Alfonzo with an 0-2 pitch and Piazza followed with his run-scoring groundout. Wolf was late covering first on the play, costing the Phillies a chance at a double play.

    "We're not doing the right things,'' Wolf said. "I didn't do the right things today. You're not going to win when you don't do the little things.''

    After Vaughn was walked, Jay Payton hit an RBI infield single to tie it.

    Wolf recovered to retire Jeromy Burnitz and Roger Cedeno on popups to preserve the tie.

    It didn't last for long as Philadelphia's middle relief let down manager Larry Bowa again. Phillies relievers are 3-8 this month and a big reason why the team is in last place in the NL East.

    "We need our pitchers to go deeper into the game,'' Bowa said. "We're getting killed in the middle.''

    The Phillies scored single runs in the second, fourth and fifth innings and could have had more except for hitting into three double plays.

    Bobby Abreu doubled and scored on Doug Glanville's sacrifice fly in the second, and doubled and scored on Pat Burrell's single in the fifth. Wolf added a two-out RBI single in the fourth.

    "We had opportunities to break it open and we didn't do it,'' Bowa said. "You can't let that many opportunities get away.''

    Game notes

    After going 3-3 on a brief homestand, the Mets hit the road for the next 13 games. New York is in the middle of a stretch playing 23 of 29 games on the road. ... Wiggington, who will likely be sent back to the minors when John Valentin comes off the DL on Friday, had been 0-for-3. ... Wolf gave up three runs and seven hits in six innings. He has not allowed a homer in his last 23 1/3 innings.

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