Mets 3, Mariners 2

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NEW YORK (AP)—Rookie Jae Seo and the New York Mets lured the streaking Seattle Mariners into a tight, NL type of game at an NL park.

So long, streak.

Cliff Floyd and Jason Phillips homered as the Mets broke Seattle’s nine-game winning string, beating the Mariners 3-2 Friday night behind a fine pitching effort from Seo.

“All good things come to an end,” Mariners manager Bob Melvin said. “Start another one tomorrow.”

In the first meeting ever between the teams, the Mets stopped Seattle’s 13-game road winning streak. The Mariners had posted the longest single-season run on the road in the majors since Detroit took 17 in a row in 1984.

“We won, I’m glad of that,” Mets manager Art Howe said. “But you don’t want to play these guys all season.”

Seo (3-2) held the Mariners to an unearned run until the eighth. Reliever David Weathers gave up Ben Davis’ RBI groundout that made it 3-2 and retired pinch-hitter Edgar Martinez—a DH relegated to the bench this week—on a grounder to end the inning.

“I’m looking forward to the next series,” said Martinez, a two-time AL batting champion.

Seo also had a sacrifice bunt that set up Roger Cedeno’s RBI grounder in the third.

Armando Benitez pitched the ninth for his 17th save in 21 chances. He has been successful on his last 12 save attempts.

Phillips, in the majors while catcher Mike Piazza is on the disabled list, opened the fifth with his second home run, a shot to straightaway center field off Ryan Franklin (4-4).

Floyd hit his 11th homer leading off the seventh, giving the Mets a 3-1 lead.

“We’re not going to hit a lot of home runs, but we’re going to play a lot of small ball,” Floyd said. “This is a challenge for us. We’re doing well with what we have.”

The Mariners tried to rally in the eighth as Mike Cameron opened with a single and Randy Winn hit his second double of the game. Weathers took over for Seo and preserved the lead.

Ichiro Suzuki singled on the first pitch of the game and the Mariners went on to load the bases with one out. Seo and the Mets got a bit lucky when Cameron lined into a double play.

The Mariners again loaded the bases in the second after an intentional walk to Suzuki with two outs. Carlos Guillen popped up to end the inning.

“A team like Seattle with all those road wins, you look up and down their lineup and say, ‘Who’s the guy we’re going to get out? Who are we going to pitch to?”’ Phillips said.

Franklin put down a sacrifice bunt in his first major league plate appearance, then sharply singled with two outs in the fourth. The ball was thrown out of play for Franklin to keep as a souvenir, and he soon came around to score his first run.

Suzuki reached on shortstop Joe McEwing’s error and Guillen’s single scored Franklin and made it 1-all.

“That was fun, out there on the bases,” Franklin said.

Notes

A Mets ballboy was hit in the face when Floyd’s hard foul grounder caromed off a railing down the right-field line. Kevin Podmore, who appeared to be in his teens, was taken through the Mets’ bullpen for X-rays, which were negative. He had a bruised left eye, but was well enough to be cleaning players’ shoes after the game. … Seattle 1B John Olerud received a nice ovation. He played for the Mets from 1997-99, and was back at Shea Stadium for the first time since leaving. … Suzuki’s impression of Shea after his first game at the park? “I think they play the music loud,” he said through a translator. … Seattle C Ben Davis threw out Cedeno and Ty Wigginton trying to steal second. Both were part of double plays as Roberto Alomar struck out each time. … Franklin borrowed one of Bret Boone’s bats. Boone singled in theninth, extending his hitting streak to 12 games.

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