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Updated: Friday, April 18, 2003 1:44 AM EDT
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NY METS 7, PITTSBURGH 2
 

PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- Mo Vaughn may be starting to emerge from his slump.

Vaughn had four hits and knocked in four runs and rookie Jae Seo worked seven scoreless innings for his first career win as the New York Mets cruised to a 7-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates .

It has been another disappointing start to the season for Vaughn, who entered Thursday's game batting just .167 with two homers and four RBI. His second homer was a blast that landed in the Allegheney River on Wednesday.

A night later, Vaughn provided some more firepower. He had an RBI two-base hit in the first inning and a three-run double in the seventh, giving the Mets a 6-0 lead.

"Sometimes you swing the bat and come up with nothing," Vaughn said. "It was good to pick up some RBI and give our team some distance in the scoring."

Seo (1-1) was impressive in breaking into the win column. The 25-year-old Korean righthander limited the Pirates to five hits, striking out two without a walk.

Jeromy Burnitz and Mike Piazza added long solo homers for the Mets, who completed a disappointing 3-7 road trip.

Former Met Jeff D'Amico (1-2) was touched up for three runs - two earned - and nine hits in five innings. He walked one and struck out two.

D'Amico put himself in trouble in the opening inning when he walked Roberto Alomar , who was inserted into the leadoff spot by manager Art Howe .

D'Amico retired the next two batters but Piazza laced a single and Vaughn followed with a ground-rule double that scored Alomar. Ty Wigginton lined out to shortstop to end the inning.

"There were a lot of lefthanders in the lineup. I struggled a bit," said D'Amico, who went 6-10 with the Mets last season. "I wasn't always able to get the ball where I wanted to.

Burnitz, who has been one of the Mets' lone bright spots, opened the second with his third homer of the season, a 459-foot blast that bounced beyond the right field seats and into the river.

An error by third baseman Aramis Ramirez helped the Mets extend the lead to 3-0 in the third.

Seo cruised through the first three innings, allowing just a single. He ran into trouble in the fourth but with two on and two outs, he got Reggie Sanders to bounce into a forceout.

"Jeo pitched a tremendous game," Vaughn said. "He kept it around the plate."

Seo had no problem the rest of the way, not allowing more than one runner in any inning before departing after throwing 68 of 104 pitches for strikes.

"The last time out I though he pitched well for us," Howe said. "Today was a solid outing. He did his job. Sometimes it's tough to pitch with a lead when you haven't had one recently. I didn't know how he was going to react. He kept attacking the strike zone and making the hitters hit his pitches. I'm happy with what he did for us tonight."

"Seo pitched a good game against us," Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon said. "He moved his ball well and made good pitches. You run into that."

Alomar's patience again got things started in the seventh when he drew a leadoff walk against Dennys Reyes . Timo Perez sacrificed and he reached when Reyes bobbled the ball for an error.

After Cliff Floyd lined out, Julian Tavarez relieved and Piazza greeted him with a single. Vaughn followed with the big blow, drilling ball into the left-center field gap that made it 6-0.

"Vaughn's bases-loaded double was the big blow," Howe said. "You get enough people on base and you will tally."

Jason Kendall delivered an RBI single in the seventh to get the Pirates on the board before Piazza answered with a 455-foot solo homer in the eighth.

Piazza has homers in consecutive games after not having an RBI in his first nine games.

Jack Wilson capped the scoring for the Pirates in the ninth with an RBI single.


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