NEW YORK (AP) -- Maybe all the New York Mets needed was a new
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,' "
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.