NEW YORK (AP) -- Brett Tomko ended San Francisco's losing streak
just about by himself.
Tomko hit a three-run double and shut down the New York Mets,
and the Giants snapped an eight-game skid with a 6-3 victory Sunday
in the first game of a doubleheader.
"It's been a rough road trip," Tomko said. "Guys aren't
giving up, they're trying as hard as they can."
Lance Niekro homered and got three hits, Deivi Cruz added three
hits and Marquis Grissom drove in the go-ahead run with a
sixth-inning double, ending San Francisco's longest slide since
also dropping eight straight in May 2000.
But the star was Tomko, who gave the Giants a much-needed lift
after their starters went 0-4 with a 6.99 ERA during the skid.
"I knew it was going to take that kind of pitching
performance," manager Felipe Alou said. "That's how you win
games, it's not how you stop streaks."
With the score tied at 1 in the sixth, Mets starter Kazuhisa
Ishii issued his first walk of the game to Niekro. Two outs later,
Cruz singled and Grissom followed with a drive to deep center that
Carlos Beltran probably should have caught. But as Beltran
retreated, the ball sliced back over his head and bounced over the
fence for a ground-rule double.
"He must have misjudged it, I guess. The ball was hit pretty
hard," New York manager Willie Randolph said.
Beltran returned from a strained right quadriceps on Tuesday.
"You can see he's playing at less than 100 percent," Randolph
said. "He's moving gingerly out there but he's giving us the best
that he has."
Yorvit Torrealba was intentionally walked to get to Tomko, who
lined a 1-1 pitch to left-center for his first extra-base hit of
the season and a 5-1 lead.
"I have to be tougher than I was out there for that at-bat,"
Ishii said through a translator.
Niekro added his seventh homer in the seventh, chasing Ishii
Tomko (5-7) also helped himself with sacrifice bunts each of his
first two times up. He is 5-for-26 (.192) at the plate this season
with five RBI.
"I was just trying to make contact, just don't walk back to the
dugout striking out," Tomko said.
The right-hander was lifted with the bases loaded in the eighth,
but Scott Eyre struck out pinch-hitter Kaz Matsui on a high pitch
to end the inning.
"Matsui chasing that, that's huge for us, because that could
have swung the ballgame," said Tomko, who allowed one run and six
hits, striking out five and walking two.
New York had won three straight and six of eight.
San Francisco fielded an all right-handed hitting lineup against
Ishii -- lefties are 1-for-28 against him this season.
It certainly worked. The erratic lefty gave up six runs -- five
earned -- and a season-high 10 hits in 6 1/3 innings.
He did help himself with a two-out RBI single in the second, a
blooper to left after Victor Diaz was intentionally walked. It was
his second RBI in two outings.
Ishii also singled in the fifth and is 5-for-13 (.385) this
season with a pair of two-hit games.
Torrealba was on third with one out in the fifth when he broke
for the plate on a suicide squeeze. But Jason Ellison missed the
sign, swung away and popped out to second.
"The bad thing is the kid didn't hit a groundball," Alou said
with a smile. "He's not playing the second game -- no, I'm just
giving (Michael) Tucker a shot."
Beltran was in the lineup again for the nightcap. ... It
was the first doubleheader of the year for both teams. ... The
Giants haven't lost more than eight in a row since dropping a San
Francisco-record 10 straight in June 1996. ... Pinch-hitting
specialist Marlon Anderson made his fourth start for the Mets, his
first at second base. ... Mets RF Mike Cameron made an outstanding
catch in the seventh, robbing Moises Alou of extra bases with a
diving grab at the edge of the warning track in right-center. ...
The Giants grounded into two double plays. They lead the majors in
that category with 59. ... San Francisco had lost six games in a
row at Shea Stadium since sweeping a three-game series in 2002.