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  • Phillies 8, Mets 7: How much can the bullpen be blamed in an 8-7 loss that came in a game in which the Mets once held a seven-run lead? Not as much as people would think. Pedro Martinez gave back five of the seven runs he was given -- those tallies came thanks to home runs by Damion Easley and Fernando Tatis -- but was perversely still in line for the win. Luis Ayala, the newest man to audition for the Mets' closer role, got the first two outs in the ninth inning while nursing a 7-6 lead. Then he gave up a single and a pinch-hit double, and Phillies fans got free baseball. Aaron Heilman somehow wriggled off the hook in his three innings of work, but then Scott Schoeneweis allowed a triple and a single in the unlucky 13th to lose it. The Mets lost their hold on first place -- they now trail by a half-game -- and finish the series in Philadelphia on Wednesday night.
  • Red Sox 7, Yankees 3: Andy Pettitte has come up big in many games the Yankees have needed throughout his career, but Tuesday night's performance wasn't one of them. He gave up six runs and didn't finish the fifth inning. Alex Rodriguez didn't have a banner day either. He went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts and hit into two double plays. The Yankees now trail Boston by six games in the wild-card race. If they don't win the next two games, they can go ahead and confirm those tee times they have tentatively reserved for the first week in October.

  • In the U.S. Open, Ashe Stadium saw Venus Williams and Roger Federer win under the lights. Richard Gasquet and Daniela Hantuchova were upset victims.
  • Photograph of MEts relief pitcher Pedro Feliciano leaving the mound during the 8th inning by Tom Mihalek/AP