San Francisco (28-27) at New York (33-21)

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  • Game info: 1:10 pm EDT Sun Jun 4, 2006
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The New York Mets won’t have much time to rest after a long day at the ballpark.

The Mets look to build off a dramatic win as they wrap up their three-game series with the San Francisco Giants in an afternoon matchup Sunday at Shea Stadium.

New York (33-21) split Saturday’s doubleheader with San Francisco, dropping the first game 6-4 and winning the second 3-2 in 11 innings. Pinch-runner Lastings Milledge scored the game-winner in the nightcap on Chris Woodward’s shallow sacrifice fly for the Mets’ 17th one-run win and ninth walk-off victory this season—both most in the majors.

The winning run came nine hours, 14 minutes after the first pitch of the day. San Francisco’s Eliezer Alfonzo hit a go-ahead homer for his first major league hit in the first game, which started after a two hour, 36 minute rain delay.

“I can’t take it anymore. It’s crazy,” Mets manager Willie Randolph said. “It was a long day, wasn’t it?”

In his first trip to New York this season, Barry Bonds went 2-for-3 with two walks and an RBI single in the first game and grounded out as a pinch-hitter in the 10th inning of the second. Bonds, who was playing for the first time since Monday, was booed all day, but the crowd was more sparse and subdued than many expected because of the rain.

“It was less than I expected,” Alou said. “People in this part of the world, they like home runs.”

Former Mets closer Armando Benitez, who closed out the first game, was also booed by the crowd at Shea.

“I think I win,” Benitez said with a smile.

The Mets have won five of their last seven games and lead the second-place Philadelphia Phillies by 5 1/2 games in the NL East. The Giants (28-27) have dropped four of six.

Matt Morris (3-6, 5.40 ERA) is scheduled to pitch for San Francisco in the series finale, but has been feeling ill. If Morris is unable to go, he will be replaced by Brad Hennessey (3-1, 2.80), who has made five starts and three relief appearances this season.

Hennessey, who has never faced the Mets, pitched two scoreless and hitless innings of relief in the Giants’ 6-3 loss to Colorado last Sunday.

Morris lost his second straight start on Monday, allowing three runs and six hits in six innings of a 5-1 defeat to the Florida Marlins.

He is 1-5 with a 5.54 ERA over his last six starts.

“You come into a new situation and you want to lead by example,” said Morris, who signed with the Giants as a free agent in December. “Obviously this isn’t where you want to be.”

Morris is 6-3 with a 3.24 ERA in 14 career appearances, including 12 starts, against the Mets.

New York counters with Steve Trachsel (2-4, 5.10), who allowed four runs and seven hits—including two homers—in six innings but did not receive a decision in the Mets’ 8-7 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday.

Trachsel has lost three decisions since his last victory on April 25, a 4-1 win at San Francisco. He is 10-4 with a 2.52 ERA in 20 career starts against the Giants—his best ERA against any NL opponent.

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M. Morris Pit vs. S. Trachsel Bal
10-15 Record 15-8
4.98 ERA 4.97
117 K 79
63 BB 78
1.35 WHIP 1.60