NEW YORK (AP)—Brett Tomko hit a three-run double and shut down the New York Mets, and the San Francisco Giants snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 6-3 victory Sunday in the first game of a doubleheader.
Lance Niekro homered and got three hits, Deivi Cruz added three hits and Marquis Grissom drove in the go-ahead run with a sixth-inning double, ending San Francisco’s longest skid since also dropping eight straight in May 2000.
With the score tied at 1 in the sixth, Mets starter Kazuhisa Ishii issued his first walk of the game to Niekro. Two outs later, Cruz singled and Grissom followed with a drive to deep center that Carlos Beltran probably should have caught. But as Beltran retreated, the ball sliced back over his head and bounced over the fence for a ground-rule double.
Yorvit Torrealba was intentionally walked to get to Tomko, who lined a 1-1 pitch to left-center for his first extra-base hit of the season and a 5-1 lead.
Niekro added his seventh homer in the seventh, chasing Ishii (1-4).
Tomko (5-7) also helped himself with sacrifice bunts each of his first two times up. He is 5-for-26 (.192) at the plate this season with five RBIs.
The right-hander was lifted with the bases loaded in the eighth, but Scott Eyre struck out pinch-hitter Kaz Matsui to end the inning.
Tomko allowed one run and six hits, striking out five and walking two.
New York had won three straight and six of eight.
San Francisco fielded an all right-handed hitting lineup against Ishii— lefties are 1-for-28 against him this season.
It certainly worked. The erratic lefty gave up six runs—five earned—and a season-high 10 hits in 6 1-3 innings.
He did help himself with a two-out RBI single in the second, a blooper to left after Victor Diaz was intentionally walked. It was his second RBI in two outings.
Ishii also singled in the fifth and is 5-for-13 (.385) this season with a pair of two-hit games.
Torrealba was on third with one out in the fifth when he broke for the plate on an apparent suicide squeeze. But somebody missed a sign, because Jason Ellison swung away and popped out to second. Durham then lined out to center, ending the inning.
It was the first doubleheader of the year for both teams. … The Giants haven’t lost more than eight in a row since dropping a San Francisco-record 10 straight in June 1996. … Pinch-hitting specialist Marlon Anderson made his fourth start for the Mets, his first at second base. … Mets RF Mike Cameron made an outstanding catch in the seventh, robbing Moises Alou of extra bases with a diving grab at the edge of the warning track in right-center. … The Giants grounded into two double plays. They lead the majors in that category with 59. … San Francisco had lost six games in a row at Shea Stadium since sweeping a three-game series in 2002.