Ex-Met Nomo Helps Dodgers Win 2-1

The good news for the New York Mets on Wednesday evening at Shea Stadium was that Steve Trachsel's string of no-decisions finally came to an end. The bad news was, of course, that he didn't win. Hideo Nomo, looking nothing like the pitcher who briefly pitched for the Mets in 1998, pitched a strong 7 1/3 innings and evened his record for 2003 at 4-4. Trachsel, meanwhile, fell to 0-2.

The game began promising for the Mets, as Roberto Alomar opened the game with a booming double off Nomo. He moved to third on a single by Roger Cedeno, and when Cliff Floyd grounded into a 1-6-3 double play, Alomar came home with the first run of the game. Nomo walked Tony Clark, but fanned Ty Wigginton to end the inning. As things turned out, the Mets would not score again.

Steve Trachsel deserved a better fate. He pitched incredibly well, but once again it just wasn't enough. The Dodgers tied the game against him in the 2nd inning. Fred McGriff and Brian Jordan singled, and Alex Cora hit a scoring fly ball to even the score at 1-1.

Hideo Nomo held the Mets down. He didn't have any major problems after the 1st inning. He matched Trachsel pitch for pitch, as the game remained tied until the sixth. Shawn Green drew a walk and moved to third on a hit by McGriff. Brian Jordan's single sent Green home with the tie-breaking tally. It would be all Nomo would need, as the Dodgers took the 2-1 lead.

Nomo allowed four walks and struck out four Mets. His only real tense moment after the opening frame came when he faced Mike Piazza in the eighth inning. Piazza, limited to pinch hitting for a few days, as he had a benign mole removed this week, battled Nomo intensely, with Mike eventually coaxing a one-out walk.

Lefty Tom Martin replaced Nomo on the mound, and only needed a single pitch to retire the side. Roberto Alomar bounced into a double play, setting the stage for LA closer extraordinaire Eric Gagne. He made short shrift of the Mets, mowing down Cedeno, Floyd and Clark. Cedeno and Clark both went down on strikes, and Gagne registered his 11th save.

The two teams will conclude their series Thursday at Shea. Kazuhisa Ishii (2-1) will oppose Tom Glavine (4-2), and it will probably be another low scoring affair. The Mets now 14-19 for the season, will be trying to win the the rubber game of the series.

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