Extra MustardSI On CampusFantasyPhoto GalleriesSwimsuitVideoFanNationSI KidsTNT
Updated: Thursday, May 6, 2004 12:25 AM EDT
MLB RECAP
Recap | Box Score | MLB Scores  
NY METS 8, SAN FRANCISCO 2
 

FLUSHING, New York (Ticker) -- Mike Piazza hit the landmark home run and Shane Spencer hit what proved to be the game-winning one.

Piazza became baseball's all-time home run leader among catchers with the 352nd of his career and Spencer broke an eighth-inning tie with a three-run blast as the New York Mets defeated the San Francisco Giants , 8-2.

Mike Cameron added a two-run homer in the six-run eighth for the Mets, who have won three straight games for the first time this season.

The Giants again were without superstar outfielder Barry Bonds who missed his second straight game with a sinus infection. The center stage instead went to Piazza, who moved past Hall of Famer Carlton Fisk for homers among catchers.

The 35-year-old Piazza hit a solo blast in the first inning off Jerome Williams , belting a 3-1 pitch over the wall in right-center field. The home run was Piazza's fifth of the season and 363rd of his career.

"I'm excited and relieved, It's sort of like turning the page a little bit," said Piazza, who also has been used at first base this season, a move he partially resisted last season as he chased Fisk's record. "I'm very proud of this. It's a good feeling."

A 10-time All-Star, Piazza nearly put the Mets ahead in the eighth when his long fly ball off Felix Rodriguez (1-2) was caught on the warning track in left-center field with a runner on first. But Karim Garcia singled and Spencer greeted Matt Herges with his second homer of the season to left-center field.

"It was great to be part of Mike's night," Spencer said. "This is a tough place to hit home runs. I crushed it and it barely made it over the wall."

Jason Phillips walked and Cameron hit another homer off Herges before rookie Kaz Matsui later capped the inning with an RBI single.

"I made probably the two worst pitches I've made in my recent memory," Herges said. "It's unacceptable to hang pitches like that in that situation."

David Weathers (2-1), the fourth of five New York pitchers, worked a scoreless eighth for the win.

Williams, who allowed two runs and four hits, did not return after a 79-minute rain delay after the fifth inning. Williams also allowed a homer to Piazza last August 13 in the catcher's first game back after a long stay on the disabled list.

"I knew about the record and I remember the home run he hit off me last year," Williams. "That's why I was upset."

Mets starter Jae Seo left after 4 1/3 innings with a cracked fingernail on his right index finger that could delay his next start.

"It's not going to go away overnight," Mets manager Art Howe said. "At the very least, we're going to move him back a few days."

Ricky Bottalico , making his Mets debut after being called up from the minors on Tuesday, relieved and allowed a sacrifice fly to Brian Dallimore that tied the game at 2-2.

The Giants tied the game at 1-1 in the second on an RBI single by former Met Edgardo Alfonzo . The Mets regained the lead in their half of the second when Cameron came home on a throwing error by Williams.


© 2005 STATS, Inc
divider line
Search