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Garcia hits two-run home run

4/30/2004

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The New York Mets' Jae Seo finally got some
offensive support on a night when he didn't need much.

Seo held the Dodgers to one run in 6 1-3 innings Thursday night,
Karim Garcia hit a two-run homer and Mike Cameron added a solo shot
in a 6-1 victory over the Dodgers.

Even relief pitcher Mike Stanton got into the act, singling in a
run for his first RBI in nearly a decade.

The victory was just the second for Seo (1-3) in nine decisions
dating back to Aug. 26. New York scored a total of only eight runs
in his seven losses during that stretch -- including just two runs
in his three defeats this year.

"I wasn't out there thinking about wins and losses. I just
wanted to make quality pitches and give the team a chance to win,"
Seo said, speaking through a translator. "As long as I did that, I
was satisfied.

"I was able to locate all of my fastballs, and the changeup, as
always, was a great out pitch for me."

Seo allowed six hits, struck out three and walked two.

It was the fifth start of the season for the 26-year-old Seo,
who as a rookie last year became the first Korean-born pitcher to
start for the Mets. He went 9-12 with a 3.80 ERA last season. Seo
started this season in the minors after struggling during spring
training.

Mets catcher Mike Piazza was impressed by Seo's performance.

"Even though he doesn't throw extremely hard, he was able to
spot his fastball well and mix in a good changeup," Piazza said.
"He kept them off-balance and was able to stay composed and make
pitches when he needed to.

"Even if you're not getting a lot of runs, you still have to go
out there and pitch. And if you learn to pitch under those
conditions, it'll just make you better in the long run. He's has a
tough spring and a lot of adversity, but he was able to come back
and pitch well tonight."

Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said Los Angeles' Jeff Weaver pitched
well, but "We didn't do anything offensively against Jae Seo."

"One run offensively obviously isn't going to do a lot for
you," Tracy said, shaking his head.

Piazza, whose 351 homers as a catcher ties him with Carlton Fisk
atop the all-time list for that position, went 0-for-3, struck out
twice and walked once.

He came up with the bases loaded in the seventh and ran the
count to 3-2 against Weaver, but struck out to end the inning.
Piazza, who has 362 homers overall, was replaced by Vance Wilson
when the Mets took the field.

Garcia homered off Weaver (1-3) with two outs in the third
inning to give New York a 3-0 lead. Garcia's shot into the
right-field pavilion came after Weaver walked Piazza with two outs.

The Mets opened a 5-1 lead in the eighth against Wilson Alvarez
on RBI singles by Danny Garcia and Stanton. Stanton's hit was his
first since June 6 of 2000, for the Yankees at Montreal, and he
hadn't driven in a run since May 10, 1994, for Atlanta against
Philadelphia.

Weaver gave up three runs on five hits in seven innings. He
struck out eight, walked three, threw two wild pitches and hit a
batter.

The Dodgers got their only run on Adrian Beltre's RBI single in
the fourth.

Los Angeles center fielder Milton Bradley, feeling soreness in
his previously sprained left ankle, left the game after batting in
the sixth inning. Tracy said the center fielder was day to day.

Game notes
New York SS Jose Reyes, on the DL with a right hamstring
injury since March 14, left after the fourth inning Thursday night
in the second game of his rehabilitation assignment in Florida with
Single-A St. Lucie. Mets spokesman Jay Horwitz said Reyes felt a
twinge in the hamstring and didn't want to take any chances. Reyes
will be re-evaluated on Friday. ... Piazza finally caught somebody
stealing on his 10th try of the season. He threw out Cesar Izturis
at second to end the fifth inning.