Mets Bats Silent Again; Lose to LA 6-1

When you're struggling to score runs and in a tight game, the Met pitchers realize they can't make any mistakes. Then, when they do, they know their chances of winning are slim. Tom Glavine got one run from his offense on a night when he worked seven innings of three run ball as the Mets fell 6-1 to the Dodgers on Thursday night inside Shea Stadium.

Kaz Ishii (3-1) allowed one run over six innings to pick up the win for Los Angeles.

The Dodgers (18-17) got on the board early in the bottom of the first when first basemen Fred McGriff, with runners on first and third, singled into center field that drove in Paul Lo Duca.

After Roberto Alomar began the Mets sixth by flying out, Raul Gonzalez walked and moved up on Cliff Floyd's single. Tony Clark then hit a base hit into left field that knotted the contest at one.

Cesar Izturis put the Dodgers back up a run when he grounded deep into the shortstop hole and Rey Sanchez threw to Roberto Alomar for the second out as a run crossed the plate. Pinch hitter Mike Kinkade then extended the lead to two by singling into center field that allowed Ron Coomer to score.

Los Angeles added three more runs in the top of eighth with an RBI double from Fred McGriff and then a single by Cesar Izturis that drove in two more runs.

Tom Glavine (4-3), who had won three of his last four starts coming into the day, went seven innings and surrendered seven hits, three runs, and three walks while fanning two. He is now 15-18 against Los Angeles in his career.

Before the game, general manager Steve Phillips met with catcher Mike Piazza about the possibility of moving to first base.

"We had a very good conversation with Mike," Steve Phillips said to the Associated Press. "It was a very frank and open conversation. Mike was very receptive to the idea and the concept."

Notes
LHP John Franco threw batting practice before Wednesday's came and could be sent on a rehabilitation assignment as early as this weekend... 1B Mo Vaughn will seek a second opinion on his inflamed left knee in order to determine whether or not he will need surgery... Alomar came into the game 5-for-34 against land-handed pitching this season...


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