Series: Game 3 of 3

New York won 2-1

Game 1: Monday, May 13
New York 2Final
in 13
Los Angeles 3
Game 2: Tuesday, May 14
New York 3Final
Los Angeles 0
Game 3: Wednesday, May 15
New York 2Final
Los Angeles 0

Mets 2

(21-19, 10-9 away)

Dodgers 0

(22-18, 9-10 home)

    10:10 PM ET, May 15, 2002

    Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California 

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    W: J. D'Amico (3-3)

    L: K. Ishii (6-1)

    Mets' D'Amico outduels Dodgers ace Ishii

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Jeff D'Amico kept things simple, using a curveball to keep the Los Angeles Dodgers off balance and off base.

    Jeff D'Amico

    Jeff D'Amico dealt Kazuhisa Ishii his first loss in eight starts.

    D'Amico tossed a two-hitter to outpitch Kazuhisa Ishii and the New York Mets defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-0 Wednesday night.

    "Location is the name of the game and when he's throwing the ball well, he can spot it inside a tea cup," Mets manager Bobby Valentine said. "Jeff had great command with a great curveball that he threw any time in the count and put guys away with it."

    Ishii (6-1) was nearly as good, but lost for the first time in eight starts this season. The Japanese sensation gave up one run and four hits in seven innings.

    "I don't know if that was my best performance to this point. I did walk some guys and that was unfortunate," Ishii said, speaking through a translator. "But I thought that my rhythm was a little better and I was happy with that."

    The Dodgers were shut out for the second straight day and eighth time this season, most in the majors. They got only two hits Tuesday night against the Mets' Pedro Astacio.

    "Just two bad games," said Eric Karros, who was 0-for-3. "It's a little more glaring because we've lost a few now and we've been two-hit two nights in a row. We're running into some good pitching and not swinging the bats well."

    D'Amico (3-3) struck out eight and walked two in his third complete game, all of them shutouts, in 81 career starts. It was his first shutout since July 20, 2000, when he was with Milwaukee and beat Pittsburgh 6-0.

    "He had a great curveball and spotted his fastball really well," Mets catcher Mike Piazza said. "He had everything going and threw a couple of really good changeups in key situations. That's what it's all about."

    Both hits off D'Amico came in the second inning. He also made a nice play on Marquis Grissom's grounder, catching the ball between his legs for the second out in the ninth inning.

    The right-hander has been plagued by injuries throughout his six-year major league career. He was limited to 10 starts last season because of a bad arm and missed all the 1998 season after hurting his right shoulder.

    "All that stuff hopefully is in the past," D'Amico said. "It's more satisfying because my last couple of starts were a little bit rough. So it was nice to go out there and throw a quality game and hopefully get right back on track."

    The Mets won back-to-back games for the first time since winning their sixth straight on May 1. They had lost nine of their previous 12. The Dodgers have dropped five of seven.

    "They didn't exactly power the ball either," Tracy said. "They scored just enough to win the last two nights and we didn't score any. They didn't do any damage to our pitching staff, that's for sure."

    Ishii struck out four and walked four.

    "I thought Kazu pitched as well or quite possibly maybe even better than he did in his first start," Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said. "It's a tough thing for a guy to lose his first game in the big leagues after a performance like that."

    Edgar Alfonzo led off the second with a double and scored from third on Jay Payton's groundout for New York's first run.

    Mo Vaughn hit his third home run of the season off reliever Giovanni Carrara in the eighth.

    Piazza, hearing loud boos from the Dodger fans who once cheered him, popped up with the bases loaded in the fifth. Dodgers catcher Paul Lo Duca fell backward in making the catch in foul territory near first base.

    Game notes

    Dodgers LHP Jesse Orosco will go on the 15-day DL because of a strained muscle in his side. He hurt himself during batting practice for pitchers Tuesday. The Dodgers will call up Guillermo Mota from Triple-A Las Vegas. ... Mets RF Jeromy Burnitz was hit by a pitch in the sixth inning and was replaced by Timo Perez in the seventh because of a bruised left elbow. X-rays were negative and Burnitz is day-to-day, although he said he doesn't expect to play Thursday at San Diego. ... The Mets left the bases loaded four times in the series. ... SS Rey Ordonez committed his 10th error in the fourth, giving the Mets a major league-leading 42 this season. ... The Dodgers' eighth shutout loss ties last season's total. ... The Mets' last set of consecutive shutouts came last Aug. 16-17 against Toronto. Their last complete game consecutive shutouts were April 28-29, 1992, against Houston.

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