Mike Cameron blasted a solo home run off losing pitcher Noah Lowry in the first inning and Mike Piazza added two runs batted in for the Mets, who complete their series with San Francisco in a 4:10 p.m. doubleheader on Sunday afternoon.
The Mets are three games above .500 at 29-26, one game behind the division-leading Atlanta Braves. No team in the NL East is more than 1.5 games out.
Minor League Report
TRIPLE-A NORFOLK: The Tides snapped a five-game losing streak and shut down the Rochester Red Wings Friday behind a combined five-hit shutout from Jose Santiago, Steve Colyer and Juan Padilla, with Santiago winning his fourth straight decision to improve to 4-3. Norfolk (30-27) leads Durham by three games in the International League South.
DOUBLE-A BINGHAMTON: Orlando Roman's luck ran out in his second start against the Trenton Thunder in less than a week, as the converted reliever was blasted for nine runs (seven earned), including four home runs, in 3-2/3 innings Saturday. Jay Caligiuri hit his fifth homer for Binghamton (26-25), which trails Portland by 4.0 games in the Eastern League Northern Division.
HIGH-A ST. LUCIE: It was yet another rainout for the St. Lucie Mets, who had a doubleheader against Vero Beach cancelled due to unplayable field conditions. Last-place St. Lucie (20-32) trails the Dodgers by 10.5 games in the Florida State League East.
LOW-A HAGERSTOWN: Lexington's Jonny Ash hit a solo home run off reliever Bo Bowman in the seventh inning to sink the Suns. Gaby Hernandez pitched well through five innings, allowing three runs and three hits while striking out six for Hagerstown (35-21), which holds a one-game lead on Lexington in the South Atlantic League's Northern division.
It's an old-school Sunday twinbill at Shea Stadium, with first pitch at 4:10 p.m. The starting pitchers for Game 1 are Brett Tomko (4-7, 4.14) for San Francisco and Kazuhisa Ishii (1-3, 4.79) for the Mets; Game 2 matches Jason Schmidt (3-1, 5.08) and Kris Benson (3-2, 4.21).
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