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Series: Game 3 of 3

NY Mets won 3-0

Game 1: Tuesday, May 4
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Game 2: Wednesday, May 5
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Game 3: Thursday, May 6
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Giants 1

(12-17, 4-8 away)

Mets 2

(13-15, 7-6 home)

    7:10 PM ET, May 6, 2004

    Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York 

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    W: D. Weathers (3-1)

    L: J. Brower (0-2)

    Piazza hits game-winner in 11th

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Mike Piazza hit another big home run, not Barry Bonds.

    There was a bit of a buzz at Shea Stadium on Thursday night, with Bonds back in San Francisco's lineup after missing three starts because of a sinus infection.

    While Bonds had a quiet night, Piazza came through with his second straight dramatic performance.

    A night after becoming the career home run leader among catchers, Piazza connected off Jim Brower with two outs in the 11th inning to give the New York Mets a 2-1 victory and a three-game sweep of the last-place Giants.

    "It's weird," Piazza said. "The last two nights have been filled with a lot of emotion and frustration at the same time."

    On Wednesday, Piazza hit his 352nd home run as a catcher, passing Carlton Fisk. Seven innings later, he flied to the warning track and slammed his helmet down in anger.

    One night later, Piazza ended what began as a tight duel between the Mets' Al Leiter and the Giants' Jason Schmidt with a drive off Brower (0-2) that went over a leaping Bonds in left field.

    "I wasn't trying to go after Piazza," Brower said. "Everything was outside. That one wasn't as far out as I wanted it. After taking 8 or 10 inches off the plate, I guess 3 inches off looked like it was right down the middle for him."

    It was the first game-ending homer for the Mets since Piazza hit one off San Diego's Jaret Wright on May 10 last year. New York has won four straight following a 9-15 start and is just three games behind NL East-leading Florida.

    "These can lift you to another level," Mets manager Art Howe said. "We were due one of these."

    Bonds was 0-for-3 with a pair of intentional walks as San Francisco fell six games out of first in the NL West.

    He didn't threaten to clear the fences, flying out in the second and seventh innings around a foulout in the fourth -- Piazza reached over the railing by the Mets' dugout to make the catch.

    Then, with two outs and none on in the ninth and the score tied, New York reliever Braden Looper gave Bonds an intentional walk. Bonds was given another free pass when he batted against Mike Stanton in the 11th with runners on first and second.

    "I'm as big a fan of Barry's as anyone else," Howe said. "I've had him beat me too many times in the past. I gave him three opportunities. That was enough."

    David Weathers (3-1) relieved and went to 2-0 and 3-1 counts on Pedro Feliz before battling back to a full count. Feliz then took a borderline slider for a third strike, as Weathers and Howe pumped their arms after the demonstrative call by plate umpire Tim Welke.

    "Sometimes emotions just take over," Weathers said. "We want to win this year. A lot of people have written us off and we take that personally."

    Leiter, just 1-1 this season, has the second-lowest run support among major league starters, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, with the Mets averaging 1.3 runs in his starts. Only Montreal's Tomo Ohka (0.4) has been provided less offense.

    Leiter lowered his league-leading ERA to 1.53. He allowed just two hits going into the seventh, when he gave up a leadoff single to Marquis Grissom, then picked him off first. After Leiter retired Bonds, he hung a breaking ball to Feliz, who connected for a long homer to left.

    Schmidt, who took a no-hit bid into the sixth before Todd Zeile's one-out single, immediately gave back the lead when he allowed Karim Garcia's homer leading off the bottom half.

    "We should have won that game," Schmidt said. "I should have held it."

    Schmidt, who left for a pinch-hitter in the eighth, struck out a season-high 10 and allowed three hits, throwing 123 pitches in seven innings.

    Leiter gave up five hits in eight innings, throwing 126 pitches. He was pumped up to face Bonds, calling the atmosphere "2000-esque," a reference to the last year the Mets won the NL pennant. Bonds is 9-for-30 (.300) against him with two homers.

    "He knows, not that I'm stupid or some kind of macho, but I like the challenge," Leiter said.

    Game notes


    Shifted to SS with Bonds up and Grissom at first base in the seventh inning, 3B Zeile made the tag at second when the runner was picked off by Leiter. ... Mets RHP Jae Seo, who came out of Wednesday's game after cracking the nail on his right index finger, probably will miss his scheduled start Monday at Arizona. RHP Dan Wheeler might get the start or New York could bring a pitcher up from the minors, Howe said. ... Mets OF Mike Cameron has strained ligaments in his right hand and was unavailable. X-rays were negative, but he will have more tests. Because of the injury, the Mets delayed activating 3B Ty Wigginton from the disabled list and sending OF Jeff Duncan back to the minors. ... It was New York's first three-game sweep of the Giants since April 30-May 2, 1999, also at Shea.

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