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Updated: Wednesday, September 24, 2003 11:53 PM EDT
Pittsburgh Pirates
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3 10 0
New York Mets
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5 10 1
W Trachsel (16-10)
L D'Amico (9-16)
S M Stanton (5)
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FLUSHING, New York (Ticker) -- Timo Perez tied a season high with three hits as the New York Mets won back-to-back games for the first time in three weeks, with a 5-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates .

Perez is 8-for-16 in his last four games after an 0-for-20 slide. In the fourth inning, his bases-loaded single off former Met Jeff D'Amico (9-16) knocked in two runs to make it 5-2.

The Mets had not won consecutive games since sweeping Atlanta in a three-game series from September 1-3. New York also snapped a nine-game streak during which it scored three runs or less.

"They were just hitting everything I was throwing up there," D'Amico said. "I just didn't make the pitches with two outs."

Mets starter Steve Trachsel (16-10) allowed two runs and six hits in six innings, striking out four and walking two. The righthander has won in seven of his last 10 starts.

"We got timely hits when we needed it," Trachsel said. "The guys played a good game behind me, scored runs and played solid defense."

Trachsel's 16 wins are a career high. He had 15 in 1998 with the Chicago Cubs .

"Trachsel had a great year," Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon said. "He pitched pretty decent tonight."

D'Amico, pitching at Shea Stadium for the first time as an opponent after spending last season with the Mets, allowed five runs and nine hits in five innings.

Pittsburgh catcher Jason Kendall had an RBI triple in the third. Kendall has knocked in 54 runs this year, his highest total since 2000, when he had 58.

The Pirates suffered their third straight loss, scoring four runs over that span.

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