Pirates 1, Mets 0, 1st game
PITTSBURGH (AP)—Humberto Cota homered, Ryan Vogelsong allowed two hits in seven innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the New York Mets 1-0 to stop a five-game losing streak in the first game of a doubleheader Sunday.
Vogelsong (6-12) allowed just two singles, both in the fourth inning, leading the Pirates to their ninth victory in 21 games. He walked three, hit a batter and struck out three.
Todd Zeile reached an infield single with two outs in the ninth off Mesa for his 2,000th career hit. The Mets stood on the dugout steps and applauded the milestone hit, before Zeile came out for pinch-runner Gerald Williams.
Cota had both of Pittsburgh’s hits against Aaron Heilman (1-2) in the first seven innings. Cota, catching while Jason Kendall serves his three-game suspension, led off the third with his fifth homer. He also singled in the fifth, helping the Pirates improve to 4-1 against the Mets.
New York had its best scoring chance in the fourth when David Wright and Mike Piazza opened the inning with singles off Vogelsong. One out later, Vogelsong walked a batter to load the bases, but got Wilson Delgado and Danny Garcia to fly out to get out of the inning.
Vogelsong had lost five of his last seven decisions, and hadn’t held an opponent scoreless in any of his 24 previous starts.
Kendall was suspended for the weekend series for his part in a fight with the Colorado Rockies on Aug. 15. Before the weekend, he had started all but 12 games at catcher this season.
The Mets had won three or four. … Mets OF Cliff Floyd did not play. He’s day to day with a strained muscle in his side. … Torres has appeared in 77 games, most by a Pirates right-hander since Kent Tekulve pitched in 83 games in 1982.