Series: Game 1 of 3

NY Mets leads 1-0 (as of 5/4)

Game 1: Tuesday, May 4
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NY Mets6
Game 2: Wednesday, May 5
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Game 3: Thursday, May 6
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in 11
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Giants 2

(12-15, 4-6 away)

Mets 6

(11-15, 5-6 home)

    7:10 PM ET, May 4, 2004

    Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York 

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    W: S. Trachsel (3-3)

    L: B. Tomko (1-2)

    Trachsel improves to 3-3

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Steve Trachsel spent 30 minutes watching video of Barry Bonds, preparing for his toughest challenge. Then the New York Mets pitcher looked at the pregame lineup sheet.

    No Bonds.

    "I was surprised," Trachsel said after a 6-2 win over San Francisco on Tuesday night. "It makes a big difference. I hope he misses two more games."

    With Bonds sent home early from Shea Stadium because of a sinus infection, Trachsel was in charge while the Mets took advantage of Edgardo Alfonzo's misplays to stop the Giants' three-game winning streak.

    "We had to send Barry back to the hotel during the game," Giants manager Felipe Alou said. "He was feeling bad, really under the weather. We needed him to rest. He wanted to stay."

    Bonds leads the majors in home runs (10) and batting average (.463).

    "This is the first game I've ever missed in 19 years because of a cold," Bonds said more than an hour before the first pitch.

    A crowd of 30,532, no doubt drawn by Bonds' only series in New York this season, may've been disappointed by his absence, but not the final score.

    Mets manager Art Howe said Bonds was dangerous even when he was in the dugout.

    "You know he's lurking over there. You're hoping the tying run doesn't come up. It's probably going to be Mr. Bonds."

    Mike Cameron and Kaz Matsui delivered the key hits for the Mets. They each had three hits, and Cameron lined a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the sixth inning.

    Cameron was dropped to seventh in the lineup for the first time this year, and started the game batting only .230.

    "Even a couple of games ago, I wasn't getting any hits, but I was feeling comfortable," Cameron said. "I was waving at it a little earlier."

    Alfonzo, an All-Star with the Mets in 2000, gave his former team a few more chances. The second baseman made his first two errors of the season and let another ball escape him -- as a result, all five runs off Brett Tomko were unearned.

    Trachsel (3-3) has alternated wins and losses in six starts this season. He gave up just five hits in eight innings.

    Tomko (1-2), who began the night with a 7.57 ERA, took a 2-1 lead into the sixth. With one out, Karim Garcia hit a grounder that kicked off Alfonzo's glove for an error, and Jason Phillips tied it with a two-out single.

    "It had a little bad hop at the end, but that's baseball. I should have had it," Alfonzo said.

    Cameron hit the next pitch for his fifth homer, an opposite-field shot to right. After Danny Garcia singled, Trachsel hit a blooper behind first base that eluded Alfonzo's reach for another single, and Matsui's RBI single made it 5-2.

    Phillips singled home a run in the seventh, right after a knockdown pitch from Jim Brower.

    The Mets scored their other run in the third. Karim Garcia's two-out single deflected off Tomko's left big toe. When Alfonzo recovered the ball and threw wildly, Matsui dashed home from second.

    Alfonzo shifted over from third base last week after Ray Durham was placed on the disabled list. Alfonzo said the switch was not a problem.

    "They want me to play second, I play second. If they want me to play third, I play third," he said.

    San Francisco took a 1-0 lead in the second when Michael Tucker bunted for a single, advanced on catcher Mike Piazza's overthrow and scored on second baseman Danny Garcia's error.

    Marquis Grissom and Deivi Cruz doubled in the San Francisco sixth for a 2-1 lead.

    Game notes

    Matsui was 7-for-38 on the road trip that ended last weekend. He had his second three-hit game of the season, his first since opening day. ... Trachsel has gotten a hit in five games this season. ... The Giants had matched a season high with their three-game winning streak.

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