New York (17-24) at San Francisco (26-14)

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  • Game info: 10:15 pm EDT Fri May 16, 2003
  • TV: FSNY, FSBA
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After ending their longest losing streak in three years, the San Francisco Giants hope to keep the New York Mets winless at Pac Bell Park as the teams resume a four-game series.

Barry Bonds and Marquis Grissom both homered as San Francisco ended a five-game skid with an 11-3 rout of the Mets in Thursday’s series opener.

The losing streak was San Francisco’s longest since an eight-game slide from May 12-20, 2000.

Bonds’ solo blast was his 11th of the season and No. 624 of his career, 36 shy of Willie Mays for third on the all-time list.

Bonds, Grissom and Andres Galarraga each had three hits and Grissom finished with a team-high four RBIs for San Francisco. The 11 runs were the second-most the Giants have scored this season.

“We broke out today, which is good,” Grissom said. “We feel a lot better after losing five. Our attitude stayed the same. This is a well-grounded team and we knew we could work ourselves out of it.”

The Mets have lost three in a row and six of eight overall, dropping to 0-11 all-time in the regular season at Pac Bell.

The Mets split two playoff games at Pac Bell during the 2000 NL Division Series.

STANDINGS: Mets - 5th place, 11 GB, NL East. Giants - 1st place, NL West.

METS PROBABLE STARTER: Pedro Astacio (2-1, 6.14 ERA). The right-hander allowed two runs and seven hits over six innings, but did not receive a decision in the Mets’ 3-2 win over San Diego on Sunday. New York has won three of the right-hander’s four starts this season. Astacio is 5-4 with a 4.03 ERA in 15 career starts against the Giants.

GIANTS PROBABLE STARTER: Jason Schmidt (3-1, 2.53 ERA). Schmidt is coming off a 7-4 loss at Atlanta on Sunday. He allowed four runs and five hits in just 4 2-3 innings. The right-hander is 3-4 with a 4.11 ERA in 12 career starts against the Mets.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Mets - Mike Piazza, .327 avg. and 7 HRs; Cliff Floyd, 21 RBIs; Ty Wigginton, 21 runs; Roberto Alomar, 5 SBs. Giants - Galarraga, .364 avg.; Bonds, 11 HRs; Jose Cruz Jr., 24 RBIs and 32 runs; Ray Durham, 5 SBs.

SEASON SERIES: Giants, 1-0.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Mets - OF Floyd is hitting .417 (7-for-17) with two home runs and four RBIs in his career against RHP Schmidt. … Mets RHP David Cone (strained left hip) was scheduled to make his second rehab start Friday for St. Lucie in Dunedin. … C Piazza is hitting .350 (7-for-20) with three home runs and four RBIs in his career against Schmidt. Giants - Ex-Met 3B Edgardo Alfonzo is 11-for-20 in his career against RHP Astacio. … Opposing batters are hitting just .185 against Schmidt. … OF Bonds has three hits—all homers— in 15 career at-bats against RHP Astacio.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Mets - 6-14 on the road; Giants - 11-8 at home.

INJURIES: Mets - SS Rey Sanchez (thumb), 15-day DL; 1B Mo Vaughn (knee), 15-day DL; OF Jeromy Burnitz (hand), 15-day DL; RHP Cone (hip), 15-day DL; LHP John Franco (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Grant Roberts (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Scott Strickland (groin), 15-day DL. Giants - 2B Durham (ankle), 15-day DL; OF Marvin Benard (knee), 15-day DL; LHP Jason Christiansen (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Robb Nen (shoulder), 15-day DL.

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Starting Pitchers

P. Astacio Was vs. J. Schmidt LAD
3-2 Record 17-5
7.36 ERA 2.34
20 K 208
18 BB 46
1.77 WHIP 0.95