Burnitz Helps Mets in 10-0 Rout

Jeromy Burnitz, who has been struggling mightily all season, was able to break out of his slump for a night, as he was 2-3 with a home run and drove in three runs. The Mets and Shawn Estes rebounded rather well from a 16-3 pounding the night before by being the routees this time in a 10-0 shellacking of their former teammate Dave Mlicki and the Houston Astros in the second game of a three-game series.

The Mets came out swinging in the first, grabbing a 7-0 lead before the Astros knew what hit them. After Roberto Alomar struck out, Timo Perez tripled to deep center. Mike Piazza walked and Mo Vaughh doubled, scoring Perez. Piazza then scored on Edgardo Alfonzo's single and Vaughn went to third. Burnitz then hit his three-run home run and made it 5-0. Roger Cedeno singled to left, and Ordonez doubled to score Cedeno. After Estes made the second out, Alomar made up for the embarrassment of striking out his first time up by tripling to score Ordonez. 7-0 and this time it was the Astros who were scratching their heads in the dugout.

They made it 10-0 in the second when Rey Ordonez hit a bases-loaded double to clear the bases.

Estes pitched seven innings and gave way to Mike Bacsik who pitched the last two innings and was just as effective.


-Before the game the Mets made a couple of trades, sending Jay Payton,Mark Corey and minor leaguer Robert Stratton to Colorado for pitcher John Thomson and outfielder Mark Little. They also sent Bobby J. Jones and minor leaguers Jay Bay and Josh Reynolds to San Diego in exchange for middle relievers Steve Reed and Jason Middlebrook.

-Thursday's rubber game will feature the studs of the two staffs-Pedro Astacio (10-3, 3.08 E.R.A.) for the Mets and Roy Oswalt (11-,3.40 E.R.A.)

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