Piazza, Benson Make Easy Work of Dodgers 6-0

NEW YORK, New York-- The New York Mets disposed of the Dodgers Sunday afternoon in a very business-like way, retiring the first 10 L.A. hitters in a row, then closing the 6-0 win out by retiring15 of the last 16. The Dodgers managed four singles, two of which didn't leave the infield. Brad Penny pitched and the sixth man he faces, former Dodger Mike Piazza, slugged a homer that was all the runs New York would need.

Los Angeles dropped to 7-13 in July and fell 10 games below .500, losing another chance to gain on San Diego, who lost again.

Cesar Izturis bunted for a single with one out in the fourth, one batter after Mets' starter Kris Benson took a shot off his right leg hit by Oscar Robles. The ball deflected to third baseman David Wright, who threw to first in time to record the 10th straight out.

Piazza gave the Mets a 2-0 lead in the second with his 12th homer and his 390th of his Hall of Fame career.

He was credited with a third RBI single in the third when he hit a hard shot off second baseman Jeff Kent's chest, knocking in Cliff Floyd. Piazza added a single off Penny in the fifth and is 11-for-26 (.423) against him for his career.

Penny (5-6) came into the game 1-6 with a 6.32 ERA in eight starts against the Mets, all while with the Marlins. He gave up four runs --two in the second and two in the third -- and eight hits in six innings. It was the first time he has allowed more than three runs in a start since June 10.

Pinch-hitter Marlon Anderson added icing to the cake with a two-run single off Scott Erickson in the eighth made it 6-0.

After Izturis beat out a bunt in the second inning with one out, Milton Bradley walked, Jeff Kent popped up for the second out and Jayson Werth legged out an infield hit.

Hee-Seop Choi hit a fly ball to right field to end the threat, the only time during the game the Dodgers had a runner past first base. They only left five on base.

Mike Rose singled in the fifth and Mike Edwards singled in the eighth.

Dodger Blue Notes-- Going into the game Sunday, Dodger catchers have caught just 20 of 92 stealers (21.7 percent) this season. Phillips is only 12-for-71 (16.9 percent); Rose is only 1-for-13 (7.7 percent). However, Rose threw out Jose Reyes trying to steal in the second inning Sunday, ending Reyes' streak of at least one steal in six straight games. The Mets pilfered five bases against Jason Phillips Saturday. ... The Dodgers did not Olmedo Saenz or Ricky Ledee, true to their word they would not start them on consecutive days. …Jose Valentin's elbow is still tender, and he started as the designated hitter for the second consecutive game on Saturday night, in his injury rehab with Las Vegas. …Derek Lowe (6-10, 4.04 ERA) opens the homestand against Cincinnati Monday night.