FLUSHING, New York (Ticker) -- The
won a game, but the
New York Mets
experienced a changing of the guard.
allowed a run in 6 2/3 innings and
drove in two runs as the Pirates posted a 3-1 triumph over the Mets, who continue to make news without winning games.
New York's 93rd loss of the season was not nearly as important to them as what happened before and during the game. Prior to the contest, the team paid tribute to Hall of Fame broadcaster
, who is retiring following the season.
In festivities that featured mayor Mike Bloomberg, the Mets retired a ceremonial jersey in honor of the announcer.
"The Mets provided me with a way of life," Murphy said. "You can't possibly believe how much I love it. It was a lot easier coming here 42 years ago than it is saying goodbye. It has been a marvelous time."
"It's hard to believe Murph and I have been together for 42 years," Murphy's longtime broadcast partner and fellow Hall of Famer
said. "I'm so proud to be your partner."
Then, in the ninth inning, the long-awaited and much-anticipated move of
to first base took place. The veteran backstop, who is on the verge of setting the all-time home run record for catchers, actually was involved in three plays and handled them flawlessly.
"He considered it yesterday," Mets manager
said of Piazza's decision to give the new position a try. "It was a close game last night, and the timing wasn't right. I told him I'd try to get him in, one way or another. I felt it was important for our fans to get the first look at him."
"It felt a little different," Piazza admitted. "I was prepared. I got some work there. It's not particularly foreign to me. It takes time. I have no blueprint for next year. I'm working to see what happens."
With the game tied 1-1 in the seventh,
(0-3) surrendered a sacrifice fly to
Torres (7-5) allowed four hits and three walks as the Pirates snapped a three-game losing streak.
"I'm just relaxing more, and I wasn't forcing things," Torres said. "I didn't try to overthrow or do anything stupid. I just did my job."
"I thought Torres threw the ball good," Pirates manager
said. "He got a little frisky at the end, but he did a good job for us."
Pittsburgh broke on top with a run in the third when Kendall's two-out single scored Torres.
The Mets got even in the fifth on rookie
's 11th homer.
The Pirates forged ahead in the seventh as rookie
singled, stole second and took third on an error by shortstop
. Mackowiak walked and Nunez, hitting for
, delivered a fly ball to left field.
and Kendall in the eighth produced the Pirates' final run.
allowed one run and six hits in five innings. He did not walk a batter and struck out two. The veteran lefthander, who was seeking his 20th career win against Pittsburgh, was hoping to reach 10 wins for the 15th straight season.
"It's been a tough year, but in some regards, it's not as bad as it looks," Glavine said. "With a little luck, things might have gone the other way."