Scutaro Makes Most of First Hit in Mets' Win

Marcos Scutaro would have liked to be able to sit with his grandchildren and tell them that his first major-league hit was a home run. He can do the next best thing, telling them that his first hit was a two-run triple that gave the Mets the lead in a game they won 5-2, and lengthened their lead over Montreal by another game to solidify their hold on second place.

Both Jay Payton and Mo Vaughn homered, and Vaughn actually set baseball fundamentals on its ear by manufacturing a run with his legs as well. Steve Trachsel pitched fairly well in returning from the disabled list.

After the Mets stranded Robbie Alomar after he led off the game with a double, Payton led off the second with a home run to give the Mets the early 1-0 lead.

Vaughn led off the fourth with a double, and then proceeded to challenge the throwing arms of two of the league's top outfield arms. First, he tagged up on Edgardo Alfonzo's sacrifice fly, daring Vladimir Guerrero to throw him out. Then when Payton lofted a fly ball to left center, he saw that Cliff Floyd was close to colliding with centerfielder Brad Wilkerson, jsut as Wilkerson was catching the ball. He took advantage of Wilkerson having his momentum going the wrong way at first and managed to lumber home ahead of Wilkerson's throw. 2-0 Mets.

Trachsel, pitching for the first game since coming off the disabled list, cruised into the fifth inning, but after retiring the first hitter, ran into trouble. He gave up a single to Orlando Cabrera, and seemed to lose focus on Michael Barrett, the next hitter, allowing his attention to be diverted by Cabrera at first. He served up a pitch to Barrett, who turned on it and sent it into the bleachers in left field to tie the game 2-2.

The Mets took a 4-2 lead when Scutaro hit his two-run triple to score both Tony Tarasco, who had come in to replace an injured Roger Cedeno, and Rey Ordonez.

Vaughn, who had manufactured a run with his legs (unlikely a scenario as that seems) earlier in the game, manufactured a run his usual way in the eighth, blasting a solo home run into the right field bullpen area to raise the lead to 5-2.

The Mets bullpen held the fort, with David Weathers, Mark Guthrie and Armando Benitez pitching scoreless innings, with Benitez getting his 24th save of the year.


-Jeromy Burnitz did not start tonight, with Timo Perez playing right field. He did pinch-hit for Trachsel in the fifth, and flied out.

-Cedeno was injured when he came charging in to catch a fly ball, and the ball hit squarely off of his bare hand.

-Tuesday's game will feature Montreal's new ace, Bartolo Colon (3-0, 3.00 E.R.A.) will pitch against Jeff D'Amico (4-8, 5.02 E.R.A.), who wants to regain his early season pitching form

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