Originally created 05/08/00

Mets baffled by Dempster

MIAMI -- Ryan Dempster pitched a one-hitter, allowing only a sixth-inning double by Mike Piazza, for his first career shutout as the Florida Marlins beat the New York Mets 3-0 Sunday.

Dempster (3-2) struck out eight and walked four. Dempster had fanned five of the previous six hitters before Piazza's two-out double.

Cliff Floyd's RBI single in the first inning gave Dempster all the support he would need. Preston Wilson, a Bamberg, S.C., native, and Mike Lowell hit RBI doubles in the eighth inning to give Dempster some insurance to work with.


In Phoenix, Todd Stottlemyre became the National League's third six-game winner as Arizona won its fourth in a row by beating San Diego.

Luis Gonzalez broke out of a 2-for-25 slump with a single and a two-run double, in a seven-run fifth inning that helped Arizona complete the three-game sweep. Steve Finley had a two-run single, while Damian Miller and Tony Womack each had RBI doubles in the uprising for Arizona.


In Chicago, Kerry Wood, making only his second appearance since undergoing reconstructive elbow surgery last year, showed a few flashes of his past brilliance but looked mostly ordinary as the Pirates beat the Cubs.

Wood (1-1) struck out six, but gave up seven runs on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings. Six of those runs came on three-run homers by Kevin Young and Brian Giles.


In Cincinnati, Ken Griffey Jr. hit his second decisive homer of the series, a two-run shot in the sixth inning that sent the Reds to a come-from-behind win over St. Louis.

Griffey's ninth homer of the season completed a four-run rally off Darren Holmes (0-1) and provided the final lead change in a back-and-forth game that turned on homers.


In Milwaukee, Jose Hernandez hit a homer and a two-run single as the Brewers broke out of their offensive slump by rolling past Montreal.

The Brewers, who entered the game with a majors-worst .227 team batting average, snapped a three-game losing streak and ripped Dustin Hermanson (3-3) for the biggest offensive outburst of their 10-game homestand, which they finished 3-7.


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