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Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2003 2:11 AM EDT
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3 6 0
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6 12 3
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PITTSBURGH 6, NY METS 3
 

PITTSBURGH (Ticker) --For Kevin Young and the Pittsburgh Pirates , scoring runs can be harder than curing a cold.

Young, a pinch hitter, delivered an RBI single to snap a sixth-inning tie and Adam Hyzdu had a two-run double an inning later as the Pittsburgh Pirates snapped a three-game losing streak with a 6-3 victory over the New York Mets .

"We've had trouble driving in runs," Young said. "It's like a common cold. It will run its course."

The Pirates scored 33 runs in winning their first four games, but Wednesday marked the first time in 10 games that Pittsburgh scored more than three runs.

"That's the case when you're struggling," Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon said. "You get a couple of hits here and there and good things happen. Hitting has always been contagious."

If Pittsburgh is on the road to good health, New York still is looking for the cure. The struggling Mets lost for the seventh time in eight games, despite home runs from Mike Piazza and Mo Vaughn .

The home run by Piazza in the fourth inning marked his first extra-base hit and RBI of the season and cut Pittsburgh's lead to 2-1. New York tied it in the top of the sixth when Piazza hit into a double play, but the Pirates took control with a run in the sixth and two more in the seventh.

New York starter David Cone (1-2) surrendered three runs and six hits in five-plus innings for his second straight loss.

"Tonight I wasn't really in command. My pitch count wasn't good for five innings," said Cone, who threw 96 pitches. "I need to be more economical I should get seven innings out of 95 pitches."

One of his mistakes was a solo homer to Aramis Ramirez in the first. Jason Kendall added an RBI single in the second.

Cone left after allowing a single to Reggie Sanders in the sixth. Jaime Cerda balked one out later and Jack Wilson blooped a single to right field to put runners at the corner before Young singled to left field to give the Pirates a 3-2 lead.

I'm not certain what happened on the balk," Cerda said. "Tonight I felt I was really in command. When you want to win, it's disappointing."

The Pirates scored three runs in the seventh off David Weathers.

Hyzdu doubled to deep center field with two outs to score Ramirez and Sanders, who had reached on singles.

"I am here to drive in runs," said Hyzdu, who was called up from the minors last week when Brian Giles was injured. "When you get the opportunity it's best to capitalize. It's unfortunate that my opportunity comes from an injury, but this could be the time to solidify my place in Pittsburgh."

Pokey Reese capped the inning with an RBI double.

Jeff Suppan (3-0) pitched six effective innings, allowing two runs - one earned - and four hits. Scott Sauerbeck worked two innings before Brian Boehringer allowed a run in the ninth.

Vaughn hit a mammoth homer in the ninth off Boehringer that traveled an estimated 439 feet and bounced on a walkway beyond the stands in right field before landing in the Allegheny River. But it was too little, too late.

"What I do doesn't matter. Getting wins is more important to me," Vaughn said. "Our offense needs to get going. Our offense has to start pulling our weight."


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