Originally created 04/08/00

Reed pitches Mets to win

NEW YORK -- Rick Reed overcame the Mets' early season offensive funk Friday night, allowing four hits one run in 7 2/3 innings to give New York a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Reed (1-0) threw strikes early in the count and held the Dodgers to four hits and one walk in an efficient 111-pitch outing. The only run he allowed came on Gary Sheffield's solo homer in the fourth inning.

The Mets, who entered the game hitting .193 with 15 runs in five games, gave Reed all the support he needed in the first inning against Darren Dreifort (0-1). Jon Nunnally, filling in for the struggling Rickey Henderson, drew a leadoff walk, and one out later Edgardo Alfonzo also walked.

Mike Piazza, who entered the game 3-for-19 with two RBIs, then hit a towering fly to right field that Shawn Green could not track down and fell for an RBI double. Robin Ventura drove in his first run of the season on a groundout to second base.


In Miami, Brad Penny, backed by Kevin Millar's three-run triple, won in his major league debut as Florida beat Colorado.

Masato Yoshii (0-1), acquired from the Mets during the off-season, made his Colorado debut and led 1-0 until the sixth when Luis Castillo and Alex Gonzalez walked, and Preston Wilson hit a game-tying, opposite-field double.

Stan Belinda relieved and walked Mike Lowell, loading the bases. Millar then drove the ball into the right-center field gap.

Mike Lansing homered twice for Colorado, including a two-run shot off Dan Miceli in the eighth that pulled the Rockies within a run.

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In Cincinnati, Sammy Sosa hit a two-run homer deep to center field in his first at-bat and added a sacrifice fly to the warning track as Chicago beat Cincinnati.

Sosa outshined Ken Griffey Jr. in their first head-to-head meeting in the regular season since 1991. While Sosa broke out of an 0-for-16 slump with his first homer of the season, Junior struck out, grounded out twice, popped out, and hit a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded in the ninth.

Rick Aguilera got the final out for his second save.


In Houston, Scott Rolen broke up a scoreless game with a sixth-inning home run, and Enron Field officially opened with Philadelphia beating the Astros in Houston's first outdoor home game since 1964.

Ron Gant added a two-run homer off Doug Henry in the eighth for the Phillies, who avoided their first 0-4 start since 1987.


In Montreal, Phil Nevin hit a three-run homer and Ryan Klesko added a two-run drive to lead San Diego past the Expos.

Brian Meadows (1-0), making his first start for the Padres, led 9-0 before he was chased in a four-run sixth.

Montreal third baseman Michael Barrett had two errors, giving him six this season. The Expos had five in all and have 12 in five games this season. Last year, Montreal led the major leagues with 160 errors.


The Mets placed outfielder Darryl Hamilton on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left foot. ... The Cubs activated outfielder Glenallen Hill from the DL. ... The Padres placed catcher Carlos Hernandez on the 15-day DL list with a strained groin and recalled Ben Davis from Triple-A Las Vegas. ... The Padres' Tony Gwynn sat out his third straight game with a right elbow injury. ... Phillies reliever Mike Jackson was placed on the 15-day DL because of a right-shoulder strain.


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