D'Amico, Timely Hitting Stifles Expos

What ever rain-dance the Mets did, it worked. The rain fell over Shea Stadium consistently all night long and Jeff D'Amico rewarded the fans for their patience as he led to Mets to a 4-3 victory. D'Amico (W, 5-8) threw 123 pitches over 7 and 2/3 innings and led the New York Mets to their eighth win in ten games.

Bartolo Colon walked Mike Piazza on four pitches to lead off the bottom of the fourth and was greeted loudly by Maurice Vaughn. Mo deposited the first pitch he saw over the right field wall and into the bull-pen to give the Mets (52-48) a 2-0 lead.

That was Mo Vaughn's sixteenth homerun off the season and RBI's number forty-eight and forty-nine on the season.

Two innings later, Timo Perez led of the bottom of the sixth with a high chopper that went over Expos (49-51) first basemen Andres Galarraga's head.

Mike Piazza followed that single with a hit of his own, a two run homerun over the left field wall. Piazza's twenty-second homerun of the year would add insurance the Mets would eventually need.

The score would stay that way until Jeff D'Amico got in trouble in the seventh inning and would give up the shutout.

After getting Brad Wilkerson to ground out to lead of the seventh, consecutive hits by the Expos would get the Florida native in trouble.

Orlando Cabrera singled and then stole second which would set up Cliff Floyd's double. The hit put runners at second and third with one out. After getting Cordero to foul out to first, Fernando Tatis lined a two RBI single up the middle cutting the Met lead in half and ending Jeff D'Amico's night.

Bartolo Colon (L, 3-1) went five innings allowing the two, two run shots by Vaughn and Piazza. It was his first lost in the National League and with the Expos.

Armando Bentiez made it interesting in the ninth serving up a solo homerun to Brian Schneider. He was able to retire the next two batters and preserve a 4-3 Mets win.

News and Notes


- Roger Cedeno did not play after lacerating his finger yesterday trying to make a catch.

- The win was Jeff D'Amico's first since May 26th against Florida.

- The rain delay lasted a total of fifty-two minutes before getting underway.

- Wednesday's series finale features Javier Vazquez (7-6, 3.70) against Mets struggling lefty Shawn Estes (3-7, 4.89).



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