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Clark's homer in sixth proves the difference

8/8/2003

HOUSTON (AP) -- Tony Clark hit a tiebreaking home run in the
sixth inning, helping Steve Trachsel earn his 100th career victory
as the New York Mets beat the Houston Astros 5-4 on Thursday night.

Clark's homer was his 15th of the season and fifth in five games
for the Mets, who won two of three games in the series against the
NL Central leaders. Timo Perez and Marco Scutaro also homered for
New York.

Jeff Bagwell hit two homers -- giving him 27 -- and tied Duke
Snider for 34th on the career list with 407. Bagwell went 2-for-5
with three RBI for the Astros.

Trachsel (10-7) was making his third attempt at 100 victories.
He got his 99th on July 22 at Philadelphia, but followed that with
a loss against Cincinnati on July 27 and a no-decision on August 1
against St. Louis. The veteran right-hander allowed three runs and
six hits in five innings and improved to 100-115 in his career. He
walked five and struck out one.

Mike Stanton pitched the ninth for his second save in three
opportunities.

With the game tied at 3-3, Clark homered with two outs in the
sixth on the first pitch from Brad Lidge (4-2). Clark hit a home
run against St. Louis last Saturday, had two more against the
Cardinals the following day and homered against Houston on Tuesday
before going 0-for-4 on Wednesday night.

Roger Cedeno's sacrifice fly in the seventh made it 5-3.

Trailing 3-0 in the fifth, the Astros tied it on a two-run homer
by Bagwell, his second in as many games, and a sacrifice fly by
Geoff Blum.

Richard Hidalgo tripled and scored when Blum hit a fly to left
fielder Cliff Floyd, who threw home in time to get Hidalgo, but
catcher Jason Phillips mishandled the throw.

Bagwell's solo homer in the seventh cut New York's lead to 5-4.
It was his fourth multihomer game of the season and 30th of his
career.

Perez led off the second with his third homer of the season,
sending a 1-2 pitch from Tim Redding over the right-field fence.
The Mets went ahead 2-0 in the third when Jose Reyes singled, stole
second and scored on a throwing error by third baseman Morgan
Ensberg.

Marco Scutaro's first homer of the season made it 3-0 in the
fourth.

Redding allowed six hits three runs, two earned and he had one
walk and four strikeouts over five innings.

Game notes
The Mets lead the NL with 305 games started by rookies. ...
Astros CF Craig Biggio's second-inning walk was the 1,000th of his
career. ... Biggio need three hits to join Mickey Mantle at 94th on
the career list with 2,412. ... Ensberg needs six homers to tie
Doug Rader for most homers in a season by an Astros third baseman.
Rader had 25 in 1970.