Final

Mets 5

(12-17, 6-8 away)

Dodgers 11

(12-17, 7-7 home)

    7:05 PM ET, March 31, 2004

    Holman Stadium, Vero Beach, Florida 

    R H E
    NYM - -
    LA - -

    Los Angeles 11, New York 5

    VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Hideo Nomo pitched five shutout innings then struggled in the sixth Wednesday night in his final tuneup before starting the Los Angeles Dodgers' season opener.

    Nomo allowed only three hits through the first five innings of the Dodgers' 11-5 victory over the New York Mets, but gave up four runs without retiring a batter in the sixth.

    Even though it ended badly, the outing still was the best performance of the spring for Nomo, who entered the game with an 0-4 record and an 8.34 ERA.

    "Hideo threw the ball extremely well," Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said. "He got a little tired in the sixth, but we wanted to extend him."

    Nomo, who underwent offseason shoulder surgery, says he feels just as good physically as he has any other spring. He will take the mound when the Dodgers open the season Monday against the San Diego Padres.

    "I feel ready for the season opener," Nomo said through an interpreter.

    New York Mets right-hander Grant Roberts started as poorly as Nomo finished -- the first four Dodgers hitters in the game all scored.

    Roberts, competing for the fifth spot in the Mets' rotation, gave up seven runs in five innings, including home runs to Adrian Beltre and Paul Lo Duca. He said he had battled the flu for the past couple of days.

    "I still felt good enough to go out there and pitch," Roberts said. "I wasn't 100 percent, but I wasn't thinking about anything else except making good pitches and trying to win the ballgame."

    Beltre went 3-for-3, scored three runs and drove in two more. Lo Duca was 2-for-3 with three RBI.

    Mike Piazza went 3-for-4 and hit a two-run double off Nomo in the sixth. Mike Cameron hit a two-run homer off Nomo in the sixth.

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