NEW YORK (AP) -- Every day, Craig Wilson checks the Pittsburgh Pirates' lineup card and finds his name in it. The only thing that changes is the position.
Wilson started in left field Sunday and finished at first base,
where he played the previous day.
He had three hits in each game, including a home run and two
RBI in an 8-1 rout of the New York Mets that completed
Pittsburgh's first three-game sweep at Shea Stadium in a decade.
"I don't care where I'm at," said Wilson, who has started six
games at first base, four in right field and two in left this
season. "It doesn't bother me. The only thing that changes is what
glove I wear and where I run on the field."
Wilson hit his fourth home run of the season in the fourth
inning and drove in another run in the fifth as the Pirates broke
the game open with five runs against Jae Seo (0-2).
Kris Benson (2-0) won for the second time in a week, his first
victories since last May 27, allowing six hits in seven innings.
Benson, coming off three straight seasons shortened by injury, did
not pitch after last July 18 because of a shoulder injury.
Benson sacrificed four times, tying a major league record
achieved six times previously, just twice since 1920. The bunts
twice contributed to runs.
"There were guys on base every time," he said. "That's the
only way it gets done. It's part of history."
Benson had to be more pleased with the victory, his second of
the season. In each win, the Pirates have backed him with 17 hits.
"I've had some good games, but this was the best I've pitched
this year," he said. "I was getting ahead, not getting into
A day after the 40th anniversary of Shea Stadium's opening, the
Pirates completed their first three-game sweep at the ballpark
since June 24-26, 1994.
Pittsburgh scored in the first on hits by Tike Redman and Jack
Wilson and an infield out. Craig Wilson made it 2-0 with his
leadoff homer in the fourth.
An inning later, the Pirates chased Seo.
With one out, Jason Kendall singled and Raul Mondesi doubled.
After Randall Simon was intentionally walked, Craig Wilson singled
for a 3-0 lead. Bobby Hill was hit by a pitch, forcing in another
run and finishing Seo.
New York got a run in the bottom half on hits by Shane Spencer,
Kaz Matsui and Todd Zeile sandwiched around a walk to pinch-hitter
Jeff Duncan. But Karim Garcia lined into an inning-ending double
Mets manager Art Howe gave Seo the benefit of the doubt.
"It was his first start of the year," he said. "Most of the
hits were ground balls through the infield. They just found holes.
It was only his first outing. Give him a chance."
Seo felt encouraged.
"I don't think it was anything mechanical," he said. "I
haven't pitched in almost a month. I'll be ready for my next
Howe said he was glad to get Pittsburgh out of town.
"I knew we were going to lose three in a row at some time," he
said. "We're probably going to do it again at some time."
Craig Wilson, Kendall and Mondesi had three hits each, and
Redman, Stynes, and Jack Wilson each had two apiece. ... Mondesi
threw Matsui out at the plate trying to score on Zeile's hit in the