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PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Jorge Posada had no trouble catching or hitting the ball this time.
Tino Martinez's RBI single in the 12th inning drove in the go-ahead run, and Posada added a two-run homer as the New York Yankees beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-1 Tuesday night.
"I'm just trying to put it behind me," Posada said about committing four passed balls in the series, including three Sunday. "Sunday was one of those games."
Yankees manager Joe Torre said he wasn't worried about his All-Star catcher.
"He just had a bad game, but he's done a good job," Torre said. "There's no questions what he can do offensively."
New York won its second straight in extra innings after losing three of its first four games following the All-Star break. The Yankees lead the AL East by 1½ games over Boston.
The Phillies, who tied the Chicago Cubs for worst record in the majors last season, fell into a tie for first place in the NL East with Atlanta. Philadelphia is 2-4 since the break.
"The difference was when they needed a hit, they got it," Phillies manager Larry Bowa said. "That's why they are the world champions."
Randy Choate (3-1) worked the 11th, getting Travis Lee to ground out to end the inning with runners on second and third. Choate made a nice play covering first base on the grounder in the hole.
"I was just thinking of the repercussions from Torre if I didn't get there," Choate said.
Mariano Rivera pitched the 12th to earn his 31st save in 35 chances. New York's bullpen hasn't allowed a run in 12 innings over the last two games.
Derek Jeter singled to start the 12th against Wayne Gomes (4-3). He moved to second on Bernie Williams' fly ball to center and scored when Martinez lined a single to center.
Posada followed with his 15th homer -- a shot to center. He was 4-for-6 with three RBI.
The Phillies left 17 runners on base, including five in extra innings.
David Coggin retired the first two batters in the seventh, then walked Bernie Williams. After falling behind in the count 0-2, Martinez singled to put runners on first and third. Posada also fell behind 0-2 before lining a tying single to right.
Coggin, making his ninth career start, allowed one run and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out one and walked six. He had pitched 18 2/3 scoreless innings.
"The defense played great behind me," Coggin said. "They got a run after we scored, and that's on me."
The Phillies took a 1-0 lead in the sixth when Marlon Anderson scored on a wild pitch by Mike Mussina.
Anderson doubled off the first-base bag to start the sixth. After Pat Burrell lined out to right, Anderson advanced to third on Johnny Estrada's fly ball to center.
With Coggin batting, Mussina bounced a pitch off Posada's chest and dropped the ball when it ricocheted right back to him, allowing Anderson to score easily.
Mussina, coming off a horrible outing in Florida last week, allowed one run and eight hits in seven innings. He struck out three and walked three. Mussina gave up eight runs in two innings during a 9-3 loss to the Marlins last Thursday.
Coggin stranded five runners in the fifth and sixth, getting Mussina to hit a bouncer to the mound, leaving the bases loaded in the sixth.
Mike Stanton escaped a two-out jam in the eighth when Scott Brosius made a terrific back-handed play on a hard grounder by pinch-hitter Brian L. Hunter with runners at second and third.
Philadelphia's Bobby Abreu has reached base in 29 straight games. He had two doubles off Mussina after going hitless against him in his first 10 at-bats. ... There were 47,529 fans at Veterans Stadium, bringing the three-game total to 153,445 -- largest since a three-game series against Atlanta in June 1994 drew 158,029. ... Brosius made his 20th error when he threw wide to first on a bunt single by Lee in the fourth.