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Mets win for first time at Pac Bell during regular season

5/18/2003

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Steve Trachsel was tired of hearing about the New York Mets' struggles at Pacific Bell Park. So he did what he could to reverse his team's fortunes.

Trachsel became the first Mets pitcher to go more than seven innings this season and Cliff Floyd hit a two-run homer as New York beat the Giants 5-1 Saturday.

The Mets had lost their first 12 regular-season games at the new
ballpark. They split a pair of playoffs games in 2000.

"I know a lot of guys in here wanted to quit talking about
it,'' said Trachsel, who improved to 6-3 in 15 appearances against
the Giants. "I took my same game out there. I tried to be
aggressive and work ahead in the count. They were aggressive with
the bat and that helped keep my pitch count down.''

Trachsel's 2.65 ERA against the Giants is his second best
against any NL opponent -- behind only the 2.53 ERA he has against
the Cincinnati Reds.

"When he's able to throw strike one with a curve, and gets
ahead it gives him the edge,'' Giants first baseman J.T. Snow said.
"He seldom threw the same pitch twice in a row.''

New York placed All-Star catcher Mike Piazza on the disabled
list before the game with a severe right groin strain that is
expected to sideline him for a significant amount of time.

The Giants lost for the sixth time in eight games, and committed
two errors in the same game for the first time this season. They
led the NL in fielding percentage (.991) coming in and have a
league-low 16 miscues.

Trachsel (2-2) pitched eight innings, allowing one run and four
hits the longest outing for a Mets pitcher since Al Leiter went 8 1/3 innings against the Chicago Cubs on Sept. 17. Trachsel walked
Barry Bonds intentionally in the sixth and struck out three.

"He was probably strong enough to finish the game,'' Mets
manager Art Howe said. "That was a great effort. He was on his
game from the beginning.''

Trachsel retired 17 of the final 20 hitters he faced and did not
allow a runner past second base after the third inning.

"That was definitely the most economical I've been all year,''
Trachsel said. "That's where I'd like to be, and throwing strikes
period.''

Damian Moss (5-2) lost his second straight start after allowing
three runs and three hits in six innings. He struck out three but
walked a season-high seven. He's walked 34 in 54 1/3 innings this
season while striking out 29.

"It's hard for me to throw strikes right now,'' Moss said.
"It's really frustrating to keep letting the leadoff hitter get on
but I can't blame anyone else but myself.''

The Mets scored an unearned run in the second. Ty Wigginton
walked and Marquis Grissom dropped a fly ball by Vance Wilson in center field for a two-base error. Wigginton scored when Joe
McEwing grounded out to third.

Grissom's sacrifice fly in the third tied the game at 1.

Floyd hit his seventh home run of the season, a two-run shot
with two outs in the fifth that landed in the right-center field
bleachers more than over 400 feet from home plate.

New York added two runs in the ninth on a sacrifice fly by
Roberto Alomar and an RBI single by Jason Phillips, who was called
up from Triple-A Norfolk to replace Piazza.

Game notes
Grissom streak of reaching base ended at eight consecutive
plate appearances in the first inning when he popped out Phillips
at first. ... Mets OF Tsuyoshi Shinjo snapped a 21 at-bat hitless
streak with an infield single in the ninth. ... Floyd has driven in
17 runs in his last 16 games. ... The announced crowd of 42,259 was
the largest to watch a regular season game at Pac Bell. ... Bonds
received his 20th intentional walk. He set the major league record
last year with 68.