Series: Game 1 of 3

New York leads 1-0 (as of 6/10)

Game 1: Monday, June 10
New York 3Final
Chicago 1
Game 2: Tuesday, June 11
New York 8Final
Chicago 10
Game 3: Wednesday, June 12
New York 1Final
Chicago 2

Mets 3

(32-31, 18-18 away)

White Sox 1

(31-33, 20-16 home)

    8:05 PM ET, June 10, 2002

    U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois 

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    NYM 101010000 3 - -
    CWS 000000100 1 - -

    W: P. Astacio (7-2)

    L: G. Glover (2-2)

    S: A. Benitez (14)

    Astacio handcuffs ChiSox in delay-filled outing

    CHICAGO (AP) -- Mets manager Bobby Valentine said pitching well wasn't enough for Pedro Astacio.

    Pedro Astacio
    Starting Pitcher
    New York Mets
    GM W L Sv K ERA
    12 7 2 0 68 2.72

    Astacio allowed five hits over seven innings, and shook off almost two hours of delays as the New York Mets beat the Chicago White Sox 3-1 Monday.

    ``Pedro wasn't going to let anything stop him tonight,'' Valentine said after Astacio won for the first time in five starts. ``He was determined to pitch, and he didn't care when it was, how it was, he wanted a win real badly. He pitched like he deserved it.''

    Astacio (7-2) allowed a solo homer to Paul Konerko in the seventh, but not much else. He struck out four and walked none, throwing 112 pitches.

    ``The delays didn't throw me off or anything,'' Astacio said. ``Delays are part of it. I just really mixed up my pitches tonight.''

    The Mets got solo homers from Roberto Alomar and Timo Perez -- who went deep for the second straight game -- and won on a weird night during their first visit to Comiskey Park.

    Alomar sprained his left knee in the seventh inning chasing Aaron Rowand's blooper to shallow right. Alomar stayed in the game and fielded his position in the eighth, but was replaced by Joe McEwing to start the ninth.

    Alomar said he twisted his knee trying to get out of Burnitz's way. He's day-to-day.

    ``He thought he could stay in, but it stiffened up on him in the dugout,'' Valentine said.

    The White Sox continued an up-and-down ride on offense. Chicago scored 13 runs Sunday, but manager Jerry Manuel said his club was shut down by Astacio's off-speed pitches.

    ``Sometimes, you face a good pitcher, and it appears he's the type that gives us trouble,'' Manuel said. ``He kept us off-balance with slow stuff. He was masterful.''

    Armando Benitez pitched the ninth for his 14th save in 15 chances.

    The first pitch was delayed 1 hour, 37 minutes because of heavy rain, and a power outage stopped play for 16 minutes in the top of the first. A brief third delay -- for a fight in the stands, and a shorter wait -- for a fan who ran on the field -- made for a wacky evening.

    With two outs in the first and a 1-0 count on Alomar, White Sox starter Gary Glover (2-2) began his windup when a loud pop was heard, and some electrical power -- including that for two main light towers -- shut off. Players left the field as Comiskey was bathed in an eerie half-light.

    After the power came back on, Alomar worked the count full and hit his fifth homer.

    Perez had an RBI single in the third, and hit his fourth homer in the fifth.

    Glover allowed three runs on seven hits over 4 2-3 innings.

    After Konerko's homer, Carlos Lee singled, setting up an incredible defensive play.

    Rowand hit a blooper to short right that Alomar dropped. Lee held up, expecting a catch, and outfielder Jeromy Burnitz got the ball and threw quickly to Rey Ordonez, who did the splits, full-extension, to make the force at second.

    Game notes

    The Mets fired batting coach Dave Engle before the game, and will use first-base coach Mookie Wilson in that capacity until the club hires a new instructor. ... Rowand made an all-out dive to catch Perez's fly to the track in left-center leading off the first. ... Alomar has 21 homers against the White Sox, his most against any opponent. ... All of Perez's homers have come in his last 11 games. ... Glover has a 6.27 ERA in 7 starts. ... Mets reliever David Weathers had to leave the game in the eighth after taking a liner off his leg and later colliding with Mets catcher Vance Wilson. Weathers has a bruise, but said he'd be OK. ... Astacio is 5-1 on the road.

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