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Piazza hits solo shot off Nomo

LOS ANGELES -- Mike Piazza tied Carlton Fisk's major league record of 351 home runs as a catcher in Tuesday night's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Piazza hit a one-out solo homer in the sixth on the first pitch
from Hideo Nomo. The line drive to left-center gave the New York Mets a 4-3 lead.

Piazza, who hit his first 177 homers with the Dodgers, had gone
16 consecutive games without one since homering twice on April 7 at
Atlanta.

"I think it's just a tribute to being consistent and being
healthy, working hard and taking care of myself," Piazza said
before the game.

Piazza, 35, broke in with the Dodgers in 1992 and was named NL
rookie of the year the following season. The 10-time All-Star just
recently began playing some games at first base.

He has 362 career home runs.

Johnny Bench (327), Yogi Berra (306) and Lance Parrish (299) are next on the catchers' list.