Mets 5, Giants 1

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP)—Steve Trachsel was tired of hearing about the New York Mets’ struggles at Pacific Bell Park. So he did what he could to reverse his team’s fortunes.

Trachsel became the first Mets pitcher to go more than seven innings this season and Cliff Floyd hit a two-run homer as New York beat the Giants 5-1 Saturday.

The Mets had lost their first 12 regular season games at the new ballpark. They split a pair of playoffs games in 2000.

“I know a lot of guys in here wanted to quit talking about it,” said Trachsel, who improved to 6-3 in 15 appearances against the Giants. “I took my same game out there. I tried to be aggressive and work ahead in the count. They were aggressive with the bat and that helped keep my pitch count down.”

Trachsel’s 2.65 ERA against the Giants is his second best against any NL opponent—behind only the 2.53 ERA he has against the Cincinnati Reds.

“When he’s able to throw strike one with a curve, and gets ahead it gives him the edge,” Giants first baseman J.T. Snow said. “He seldom threw the same pitch twice in a row.”

New York placed All-Star catcher Mike Piazza on the disabled list before the game with a severe right groin strain that is expected to sideline him for a significant amount of time.

The Giants lost for the sixth time in eight games, and committed two errors in the same game for the first time this season. They led the NL in fielding percentage (.991) coming in and have a league-low 16 miscues.

Trachsel (2-2) pitched eight innings, allowing one run and four hits the longest outing for a Mets pitcher since Al Leiter went 8 1-3 innings against the Chicago Cubs on Sept. 17. Trachsel walked Barry Bonds intentionally in the sixth and struck out three.

“He was probably strong enough to finish the game,” Mets manager Art Howe said. “That was a great effort. He was on his game from the beginning.”

Trachsel retired 17 of the final 20 hitters he faced and did not allow a runner past second base after the third inning.

“That was definitely the most economical I’ve been all year,” Trachsel said. “That’s where I’d like to be, and throwing strikes period.”

Damian Moss (5-2) lost his second straight start after allowing three runs and three hits in six innings. He struck out three but walked a season-high seven. He’s walked 34 in 54 1-3 innings this season while striking out 29.

“It’s hard for me to throw strikes right now,” Moss said. “It’s really frustrating to keep letting the leadoff hitter get on but I can’t blame anyone else but myself.”

The Mets scored an unearned run in the second. Ty Wigginton walked and Marquis Grissom dropped a fly ball by Vance Wilson in center field for a two-base error. Wigginton scored when Joe McEwing grounded out to third.

Grissom’s sacrifice fly in the third tied the game at 1.

Floyd hit his seventh home run of the season, a two-run shot with two outs in the fifth that landed in the right-center field bleachers more than over 400 feet from home plate.

New York added two runs in the ninth on a sacrifice fly by Roberto Alomar and an RBI single by Jason Phillips, who was called up from Triple-A Norfolk toreplace Piazza.


Grissom streak of reaching base ended at eight consecutive plate appearances in the first inning when he popped out Phillips at first. … Mets OF Tsuyoshi Shinjo snapped a 21 at-bat hitless streak with an infield single in the ninth. … Floyd has driven in 17 runs in his last 16 games. … The announced crowd of 42,259 was the largest to watch a regular season game at Pac Bell. … Bonds received his 20th intentional walk. He set the major leaguerecord last year with 68.

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