Met Irregulars Shine in 3-2 Win Over Dodgers

The Mets got homers from the two positions they knew they would this year: first base and catcher. Except this time it was Tony Clark and Vance Wilson. The two hit back-to-back solo home runs in the fourth inning and Pedro Astacio allowed two runs over six innings as the New York Mets defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 on Tuesday night inside Shea Stadium.

"I prepare myself to start every day, just for instances like this," Wilson said to the Associated Press.

The Mets (14-18) got on the board in the bottom of the second when Tsuyoshi Shinjo doubled with two outs and was driven home after Rey Sanchez tripled. The Met shortstop denied the report that he got a haircut in the clubhouse while his team was out on the field losing a game last week against the Cardinals in St. Louis.

Dave Roberts began the Dodgers' third by singling into left field and two outs later he scored after Brian Jordan singled into left center. Roberts came into the series tied for the major league lead with twelve steals, but was rather hesitant against Mets' catcher Vance Wilson.

After Cliff Floyd struck out to start off the fourth, Tony Clark hit a solo home run over the right center wall to put the Mets ahead by a run. The very next batter, backup catcher Vance Wilson, deposited the second pitch he saw from Odalis Perez over the left field fence for his third homer of the year.

"I look at this as an opportunity to give Mo a few days," said Clark to the Associated Press, who now has six home runs and 11 RBIs in just forty-three at bats. "When Mo gets full back, 100 percent, we're going to jump on his back."

Los Angeles (16-17) closed the gap to one the very next inning when two wild pitches by Pedro Astacio allowed Paul Lo Duca to score. The Met starter spent the first six seasons of his career with the Dodgers and came into the game 4-7 with a 6.07 ERA against them.

Pedro Astacio (2-1) pitched six solid innings, after giving up nine runs over four innings in last Wednesday's start, and surrendered just four hits, two runs, and three walks while fanning five.

David Weathers, Mike Stanton, and Scott Strickland all worked 2/3 of an inning during the seventh and eighth before Armando Benitez came on to earn his tenth save of the season in the ninth by setting down the side in order.

Los Angeles' Odalis Perez (1-2), who was coming off an 8 2-3 innings shutout against the Phillies, allowed nine hits and three runs to the Mets while walking three and striking out five.

C Mike Piazza was out of the lineup after having a mole removed from his abdomen which required seven stitches... 1B Mo Vaughn learned that his inflamed left knee cannot be fixed by surgery and therefore he will have to deal with it via various types of painkillers... Roberto Alomar collected his team leading fourth stolen base in the first inning... Tsuyoshi Shinjo started in centerfield against the left-hander and went 3-for-3 with a run scored... Steve Trachsel (0-1, 5.45) opposes Hideo Nomo (3-4, 3.44) on Wednesday night...

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