Four Run Pirate Eighth Slaps Mets With Loss

The last time the Mets played the Pittsburgh Pirates they were just beginning a highly regarded 2002 campaign, now they are just trying to salvage a lost season.

A four run eighth inning for the Pirates in which they batted around in the order propelled them to a 6-3 over the New York Mets Tuesday night at PNC Park.

David Weathers came on in the eighth with runners on first and second to relieve Mark Guthrie (5-3), giving up a base-hit to Armando Rios that scored Kendall and tied the game at three. The Mets then walked Kevin Young to load to bases for Abraham O. Nunez.

Nunez, with the infield in, hit a hard grounder to Roberto Alomar who had no other play but to go to first as Brian Giles scored the go-ahead run. Two more runs would score in the inning to extend it to a 6-3 Pirate lead.

The Mets got their first run across in the second when Raul Gonzalez grounded out, plating Edgardo Alfonzo.

The loss ensured that the New York Mets would not be able to finish the season at .500.

The Pirates first threatened in the fifth, getting the bases loaded with no outs. Steve Trachsel was able to strike out starter Josh Fogg and Pokey Reese back to back before retiring Craig Wilson on a ground ball to end the inning.

Trachsel was able to go 6 and 2/3 innings allowing seven hits, two runs, three walks, while striking out three.

Scott Sauerbeck (5-4) came on to pitch the last two outs of the eight to get the win for Pittsburgh after Josh Fogg went the first 5 and 1/3 giving up three runs.

In the sixth, Mike Piazza knocked in his ninety-fourth run batted in of the year. The Met catcher is six RBIs away from knocking in 100 runs for the seventh time in his career.

Mike Williams got the Mets in order in the ninth to earn his forty-fifth save.

Writer Christopher Guy covers the Mets and is the football guru for NYFansOnly. E-mail him at

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