Mo Vaughn and Mike Piazza each hit home runs as Steve Trachsel pitched five innings of one run ball as the New York Mets defeated the Atlanta Braves 6-1 to end the 2002 campaign Sunday afternoon.
Free agent eligible Steve Trachsel (11-11) was able to go five innings allowing one run, six hits, issuing one walk while fanning five en route to a win that would allow him to finish at .500 for the first time since 1998.
Bobby Cox gave his bullpen tune up work heading into the playoffs, as no pitcher went more than an inning other than Jason Marquis who started the game and went just two.
Mike Remlinger (7-3) suffered the loss after giving up a home run to Mo Vaughn in the bottom of the fourth inning to make it 2-1. The Met first basemen worked a full count, then fouled off four straight pitches before depositing it over the right field wall.
The Braves (101-58) got their lone run in the fourth inning when Mark Derosa singled to left and knocked in Blanco.
The Mets added insurance in the fourth, taking advantage of a Julio Franco error, when Ty Wigginton hit a two run double that plated both Cedeño and Brady Clark.
The very next batter, Mike Piazza, then knocked the second pitch from Damian Moss over the right center wall for his 33rd home run to give the Mets a 5-1 lead.
Mike Piazza fell two RBIs short in his quest to knock in 100 for the seventh time in his career. It was also the first time he did not finish with a batting average of at least .300 since his rookie season of 1992, when he only had 69 at bats.
Atlanta will now head back home and open the playoffs on Wednesday against the San Francisco Giants at Turner Field.
Armando Benitez then pitched the final three outs of the season, setting the Braves down in order. The Mets finish the season at 75-86 and in last place for the first time since 1993.
Writer Christopher Guy covers the Mets and is the football guru for NYFansOnly. E-mail him at NYMetsBelieve@aol.com.
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