Series: Game 3 of 3

New York won 2-1

Game 1: Tuesday, August 6
New York 5Final
Milwaukee 1
Game 2: Wednesday, August 7
New York 2Final
Milwaukee 6
Game 3: Thursday, August 8
New York 9Final
Milwaukee 0

Mets 9

(57-57, 27-29 away)

Brewers 0

(40-74, 23-33 home)

    2:05 PM ET, August 8, 2002

    Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

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    MIL 000000000 0 - -

    W: S. Trachsel (8-7)

    L: J. Wright (4-11)

    Trachsel, Mets blank Brewers

    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The New York Mets left Milwaukee with some hope of making the playoffs after blanking the Brewers 9-0 Thursday.

    Steve Trachsel

    "Everybody chipped in and if we do those things, we've got a shot to get back in the playoff hunt,'' said Steve Trachsel, who scattered five hits in his first complete game this season.

    At 57-57, the Mets think they can put together a run at the NL wild-card berth.

    "We need some big starts from all our guys because we've put ourselves in a tough position. But we definitely feel we have a good shot to get back in this,'' Trachsel said. "We hit well, we played great defense and we threw the ball well.''

    Those are three things the Brewers didn't do in falling to an NL-worst 40-74.

    Trachsel (8-7), who is 5-1 in his last nine starts, pitched his first complete game since last Oct. 3, when he blanked Pittsburgh 3-0.

    The only runner he allowed past second base was Alex Sanchez, who tripled in the sixth inning. He was stranded when center fielder Timo Perez made a running catch of Eric Young's fly to the right-field gap.

    "He was throwing strikes with all his pitches,'' Mets manager Bobby Valentine said. "Right from the start he was in complete command of the game. He did a great job and the offense was there.''

    Perez had two triples, including one off Matt Childers with the bases loaded in the eighth, and Vance Wilson had a career-high three hits.

    "Other teams, when we get beat, they get those seeing-eye singles,'' Wilson said. "To finally get a game where ours go through the infield, maybe things are starting to go our way.

    "We need to get a streak going and we need it now. Hopefully, this is the first game of it.''

    The Mets took two of three at Miller Park heading into their weekend series at St. Louis against the slumping Cardinals.

    Jamey Wright (4-11) failed in his bid to win three straight starts for the first time since last June. He gave up five runs -- three earned -- eight hits and four walks in six innings.

    "Jamey could have pitched his best game and not won,'' Brewers manager Jerry Royster said. "The biggest problem we had today was we mounted nothing offensively. We've got to put some numbers on the board.''

    Wright, 8-3 in day games last season, fell to 1-6 with a 6.37 ERA in daylight this year despite having what he called his "best stuff of the year.''

    Wilson drove in the Mets' first two runs with a second-inning single, then scored from third on a squeeze when Trachsel laid down a perfect bunt off a high fastball from Wright for a 3-0 lead.

    "Steve got a tough pitch and he executed it perfectly,'' Valentine said. "It was a big run.''

    Perez, 1-for-9 in the series, hit a chopper in the fifth that bounced off first baseman Izzy Alcantara and into foul territory. Perez ended up with a single when Wright failed to cover the bag.

    Alcantara, subbing for starter Richie Sexson, who got a rare day off, then overthrew catcher Robert Machado after fielding Jeromy Burnitz's bases-loaded ground ball and stepping on first base for the second out of the inning. Two runs scored on the play, making it 5-0.

    "That was probably the best stuff I've had all year,'' Wright said. "And I hope to have that same stuff the rest of the year.''

    Just different results.

    "That's the thing about being a groundball pitcher -- sometimes the groundballs aren't right at guys,'' Wright said. "We made some mistakes today. I made a mistake by not covering first. You get spoiled by having Richie over there.''

    Decent defense has been the one bright spot for the Brewers as they slide toward their first 100-loss season in franchise history.

    "That's the one thing, I think we've played pretty good defense all year overall,'' Mark Loretta said. "It's disheartening for the defense to falter, too. Anytime they capitalize on mistakes, it's going to stand out.''

    Game notes

    Ty Wigginton had an RBI single in the ninth. ... Royster doesn't think LF Geoff Jenkins will return this season. Jenkins dislocated his right ankle in June and had hoped to return in September. ... The Mets went 5-1 against Milwaukee this season and are 28-9 against the Brewers, including 12-6 in Milwaukee. ... Both benches were warned after Milwaukee reliever Ray King came inside with a fastball that sent Joe McEwing sprawling in the ninth.

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