MONTREAL (Ticker) --
New York Mets
from hitting rock bottom in the National League East Division.
Piazza had two hits, including a go-ahead single in the eighth inning, as the Mets posted a 3-2 victory over the
The win helped New York, which led Montreal by 14 games on July 15, avoid falling into a last-place tie with the Expos in the division.
"Nobody wants to finish last," Mets manager
said. "I certainly don't."
led of the eighth with an infield single and advanced to second, Piazza blooped a two-out single to right off Montreal reliever
(6-12) to give the Mets the lead.
"I don't know if there's any real significance," Piazza said. "From a pride standpoint you don't want to finish last, but the situation is what it is. It doesn't have pennant-race implications, but you still want to be competitive."
"You don't have to hit the ball hard to get a hit," Expos catcher
said. "(Ayala) executed the pitch and Piazza got enough on it and it found the hole."
The game drew 3,364 fans, Montreal's second straight contest with an attendance under 4,000.
"They're in Montreal," Mets starter
said. "Nobody cares up here. We're in New York, everybody cares. Attendance here is worse than spring training. It's embarrassing."
Williams had three hits, including an RBI triple in the second inning off starter
that put New York ahead, 2-0.
drew Montreal even with a solo homer off Trachsel. It was Batista's third home run of the series and his eighth in 11 games.
Batista's 65 RBI since the All-Star break are the most in the National League.
(1-0) relieved Trachsel in the seventh and pitched two scoreless innings en route to his first major league win.
"I feel excited," Fortunato said. "If I make my pitches, something good will happen. If I keep pitching, I'm going to win and I'm going to lose."
worked a perfect ninth for his 26th save in 31 chances.
The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Mets, who started six players who began the season in the minor leagues.