Series: Game 1 of 3

NY Mets leads 1-0 (as of 6/15)

Game 1: Tuesday, June 15
NY Mets7
Game 2: Wednesday, June 16
NY Mets1
Game 3: Thursday, June 17
NY Mets6

Indians 2

(30-32, 9-17 away)

Mets 7

(30-33, 16-13 home)

    7:10 PM ET, June 15, 2004

    Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York 

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    NYM 30004000 - 7 14 0

    W: S. Trachsel (6-5)

    L: J. Davis (1-5)

    Mets score 7 on 14 hits

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Maybe all the New York Mets needed was a new hitting coach.

    Don Baylor said it was nothing more than a coincidence, but hours after he became the Mets hitting coach Tuesday, the team busted out with an uncharacteristic 14 hits in a 7-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians.

    "It was going to happen anyway," Baylor said, regardless whether he was coaching the hitters or departed Denny Walling was handling that job.

    And yet, there was a moment when it seemed the Mets bases-loaded rut was going to get them again after four straight hits put New York ahead 1-0 in the first inning.

    Stuck in 6-for-59 bases-loaded slump that helped cost Walling his job, the Mets watched Karim Garcia strike out in that situation in the first inning. Baylor noticed the tension quotient increase in the dugout.

    "When Karim struck out, it was like, `Here we go again,' " Baylor said.

    Mike Cameron was having none of that. Cameron, battling to keep his batting average above .200, was 0-for-7 with the bases loaded this season. This time, though, he singled to left for a pair of runs and instead of a 1-0 lead, the Mets were up 3-0.

    "That's a big difference right there," manager Art Howe said.

    Cameron, conducting his postgame interview flat on his back in his "Total Body Relaxation" position, said the hit was no big deal for him.

    "I was thinking what I think all the time," he said. "Every time up, I try to find a way to get a hit. I put my bat on it and it fell. My ball has had a hard time finding holes. What happened in the past you can't control. You can only control what's in front of you."

    When the Mets added four runs in the fifth, two on a double by Ty Wigginton, who had three hits, and two on a home run by Garcia, the Mets had their most runs since May 21. It was just the 10th time in 63 games New York had scored that many in a game.

    Mike Piazza also had three hits while Cliff Floyd added two in a 14-hit attack for the Mets, who had lost seven of their last nine games.

    Todd Zeile started the first-inning rally with a one-out single and moved to third when center fielder Coco Crisp mishandled Piazza's hit. Floyd singled Zeile home and Wigginton followed with the fourth straight single, loading the bases.

    Jason Davis (1-5) struck out Garcia, extending the bases-loaded slump to 6-for-60 but Cameron delivered a two-run single for a 3-0 lead.

    The Indians nicked Steve Trachsel (6-5) for a run in the fourth when Victor Martinez walked, moved to third on a single by Travis Hafner and scored on a sacrifice fly by Casey Blake. But the Mets ganged up on Davis in the fifth.

    Piazza and Floyd opened with singles and Wigginton doubled both runners home. Then Garcia finished Davis, hitting his seventh home run of the year on an 0-1 pitch for a 7-1 lead.

    "I made a couple of mistakes," Davis said. "I didn't make a good pitch to Garcia and he did what he's supposed to do with it."

    "Davis was never able to get his command," Indians manager Eric Wedge said. "What he needs to do is take this as a learning experience."

    Trachsel gave up another run in the seventh on a double by Blake and a single by Crisp before turning the game over to the Mets bullpen. Trachsel allowed eight hits, walked one and struck out five in 6 2-3 innings.

    Game notes

    Matt Lawton had three singles to extend his hitting streak to 12 games, but was thrown out twice trying to steal. ... Martinez's double in the eighth extended his hitting streak to 13 games. ...Trachsel committed balks in each of the first two innings. ... The Mets have signed 15 amateur draft picks including fifth-round choice 3B Nicholas Evans. ... OF Eric Valent's wife, Jennifer, gave birth Monday night to the couple's first child, Christian Joseph. ... C Vance Wilson strained his right hamstring trying to score in the fourth inning and was forced to leave the game. He is listed as day to day.

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