Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Trachsel leads Mets past Phillies

National League

The Associated Press

NEW YORK - Steve Trachsel picked up right where Tom Glavine left off, pitching four-hit ball into the seventh inning Tuesday night, and the New York Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-0 for their fourth straight win.

Mike Piazza homered off Eric Milton and drove in two runs, and Cliff Floyd added a two-run double. The Mets (23-22) began a stretch of 12 games against NL East rivals Philadelphia and Florida by moving above .500 for the first time since April 15, when they were 5-4.

Glavine threw a one-hit shutout Sunday against Colorado, and Trachsel was nearly as dominant against the NL East-leading Phillies. Constantly cleaning the dirt out of his cleats and working at his usual deliberate pace, Trachsel kept Philadelphia off balance and has not given up a run in two starts.

He left with two outs in the seventh after third baseman Ty Wigginton's error loaded the bases. Mike Stanton relieved and struck out Jimmy Rollins on a 3-2 pitch, getting a roar out of the Shea Stadium crowd of 29,385.

Trachsel (5-3) improved to 3-0 with a 1.36 ERA in May. In his last start, he pitched seven scoreless innings in New York's 1-0 loss to St. Louis. He struck out six and walked four.

Stanton didn't allow a hit in 1 1/3 innings, and John Franco pitched the ninth to finish the four-hitter, New York's fourth shutout of the season.

Milton (5-1) had one of his best outings of the year, but didn't get his usual support of 6.5 runs per game over his first eight starts. He struck out a season-high seven, four in a row in the second and third, and limited the Mets to three runs and six hits in six innings.

Dodgers 5, Brewers 3

MILWAUKEE - Alex Cora ignited one big inning with his bat and snuffed another with his glove.

Cora's single sparked a four-run third inning for Los Angeles and his diving grab with the bases loaded ended Milwaukee's threat in the fifth as the Dodgers won for just the second time in 11 games.

Eric Gagne pitched a perfect ninth for his 11th save, his 74tth in a row but first since May 12.

In four innings, the Brewers' Victor Santos (2-1) gave up four runs on four hits - all in the third inning

Jose Lima (3-1) pitched 1 1/3 innings for the win.

Astros 5, Cubs 0

HOUSTON - Roy Oswalt pitched seven sharp innings for his first win in more than a month, and Houston snapped a five-game losing streak.

Oswalt (3-3) allowed only three hits and struck out eight, dominating a lineup missing Sammy Sosa. Lance Berkman and Orlando Palmeiro homered for Houston.

Carlos Zambrano (4-2) went five innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and striking out five.

Expos 3, Braves 1

MONTREAL - Tony Batista, Juan Rivera and Endy Chavez homered, and Tomo Ohka pitched seven strong innings to help Montreal end a five-game losing streak.

Montreal, still an NL-worst 15-30, improved to 6-5 at Olympic Stadium. The Expos have an 8-14 home record overall, including just two wins in 11 games in Puerto Rico.

The Expos broke through with a pair of solo homers off Horacio Ramirez (2-4) in the sixth.

Ohka (2-5) allowed one unearned run while scattering six hits in seven innings. He struck out four and walked two.

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