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.

DIAMONDBACKS 8, PADRES 1:

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.

PIRATES 11, CUBS 3:

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.

REDS 9, CARDINALS 7:

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.

BREWERS 9, EXPOS 4:

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.