Originally created 09/13/99

Mets top Dodgers



LOS ANGELES -- Mike Piazza and Roger Cedeno burned their former team with key hits and Masato Yoshii won his fourth straight decision as the New York Mets beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-2 Saturday night.

Piazza homered with a runner on base for the second time in three games, and Cedeno hit a two-run single in the sixth to snap a 2-2 tie.

By winning for the sixth time in eight games, the Mets moved within three games of the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves, and maintained their 2´-game lead over Cincinnati in the wild-card race. The Braves lost 3-2 at San Francisco, while the Reds beat Florida 12-4.

The loss was the fifth in six games for the Dodgers following a stretch where they won 12 of 16.

Rey Ordonez followed Cedeno's hit with another two-run single to put the Mets ahead 6-2 and knock out Ismael Valdes (9-14), who lost for the seventh time in eight decisions.

Piazza tied a career high with four hits, including a single to start the big sixth inning.

Yoshii (11-8) pitched seven innings and allowed two runs and six hits before being relieved by Pat Mahomes to start the eighth.

Yoshii, who walked two and struck out six, has allowed only 29 hits and nine runs, eight earned, over 41 1-3 innings in his last six starts.

Piazza, whose two-run homer Thursday night helped New York beat the Dodgers 3-1, hit a full-count pitch over the right-center field fence for his 35th homer in the third to give the Mets a 2-0 lead.

The Dodgers scored a run in the bottom of the third on Eric Young's infield out, and tied it in the fourth when Todd Hundley hit his 22nd homer and first against the Mets, who traded him to Los Angeles last December in the deal involving Cedeno.

Valdes went five-plus innings and gave up six runs and eight hits while walking five and striking out one.

Notes: The Mets played errorless ball, and have committed just 63 in their 143 games -- the fewest in baseball. The Minnesota Twins, with 78, have committed the second-fewest. The Dodgers have made 114 errors in their 142 games. ... Mets center fielder Darryl Hamilton robbed Gary Sheffield in the first, making a leaping catch just before ramming into the right-center field fence. Hamilton left the game in the second with a bruised left knee, and is day-to-day. ... Mets left fielder Rickey Henderson, baseball's all-time leading base stealer, stole second and third in the first, giving him 35 steals this season and 1,332 in his career. ... Henderson tried to steal second in the third, but was thrown out by Hundley, who has thrown out only 16 of 118 base stealers this season. ... Dodgers shortstop Mark Grudzielanek had two hits, giving him 30 hits in his last 75 at-bats (.400). ... Mets starters have a 43-16 record in the team's last 86 games. ... Piazza has had four hits in a game 18 times.