Eckstein's sixth-inning hit only blemish on Trachsel


ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) _ Before Steve Trachsel had time to think
about a no-hit bid, David Eckstein broke it up.

Trachsel pitched his second career one-hitter and rookie
Jose Reyes hit a grand slam for his first major league home run as the
New York Mets beat the Anaheim Angels 8-0 Sunday.

Eckstein lined a two-out single to right field in the sixth

"I wasn't really disappointed at all. It just shows how hard it
is to do," Trachsel said. "I wasn't even thinking about a
no-hitter at that point.

"Maybe in the eighth inning you think about it. But with that
lineup, I'm just trying to go one out at a time," he said.

Trachsel (5-4) earned his sixth shutout and 17th complete game
in 292 career starts. The right-hander ended a personal two-game
slide just 10 days after the Milwaukee Brewers hit four home runs
against him at Shea Stadium.

"The biggest difference today was that the ball was down in the
zone and I pretty much had an idea where it was going," Trachsel
said. "In the Milwaukee game, I was pretty much relegated to
throwing the fastball because everything else was belt high."

Trachsel threw 119 pitches in the first complete game for the
Mets this season. His other one-hitter came on May 13, 1996, for
the Chicago Cubs when he gave up a leadoff double to Houston's
Brian Hunter.

This was the 20th one-hitter by a Mets pitcher, and the first
since Shawn Estes did it April 26, 2002, a 1-0 victory against
Milwaukee at Shea. They have never had a no-hitter.

Eckstein's hit came on a 1-2 curveball.

"It was an emergency hack, to tell you the truth,'' Eckstein
said. "He did a great job of locating his pitches and mixing them
up. He kept us off-balance the whole day. He was trying to hit the
outer half and then come in on the inner half and throw the
splitter and every once in a while mix in a curveball."

Eckstein continued to third when the ball got past Roger Cedeno,
but was stranded as Jeff DaVanon popped out to first.

"The pitch was supposed to be in the dirt, and I didn't get it
down. But it was a good piece of hitting," Trachsel said. "This
team doesn't strike out, so I was really concentrating on trying to
get them to hit my pitches."

Jeromy Burnitz drove in three runs with a pair of homers against
Jarrod Washburn (6-7). The floundering Mets took two of three in
the first interleague series between the teams.

After Burnitz was grazed in the leg by Scott Schoeneweis leading
off the eighth, Trachsel threw a 1-0 pitch behind Bengie Molina
with one out in bottom half, prompting a warning to both benches
from plate umpire Rob Drake -- and an argument from Angels manager
Mike Scioscia.

"He did it on purpose," Molina said. "How can you miss by 10
feet behind my back? Come on. He was throwing a one-hitter. We all
know it was on purpose -- but why? Because we barely got Burnitz? He
could have gotten out of the way. We barely hit him, but they
retaliated that way."

Washburn lost his fourth straight at home, allowing seven runs
and six hits over 5 1-3 innings in his shortest outing of the
season. The left-hander, who led the Angels' staff last season with
18 wins, fanned four of his first six batters before giving up a
single to Vance Wilson and a walk to Tsuyoshi Shinjo that loaded
the bases for Reyes.

The switch-hitting shortstop, playing in only his sixth big
league game after Tuesday's promotion from triple-A Norfolk, pulled
a 3-2 pitch into the lower seats in the left-field corner to give
the Mets a 4-0 lead.

The only other player in Mets history whose first major league
homer was a grand slam by pitcher Jack Hamilton on May 20, 1967,
against St. Louis at Shea Stadium.

Burnitz made it 5-0 in the fourth with a solo homer, then added
two more in the sixth with his 10th home run and ninth on the road.
It was the Mets' 36th homer in 33 games.

Reyes, who was 3-for-4, drove in New York's final run with a
groundout in the eighth.

Game notes
Burnitz was moved from center to right in the seventh by manager Art Howe, who took Cedeno out of the game for defensive
purposes. When someone in the back of the manager's office asked him why he removed Cedeno, Howe said, ``Have you ever watched us
play? Welcome to our games.'' ... Eckstein had never faced Trachsel
before Sunday. He walked and grounded to short his first two times up. ... Denny Walling was back in the 1B coaching box for the Mets,
filling in for Gary Pettis, who was hit in the head by an errant warmup throw by 3B Ty Wigginton while standing at the top step of the dugout Saturday night. Pettis spent the entire game in the
dugout as a precaution.