Originally created 07/06/06

Mets, Hernandez shut out Pirates



NEW YORK - Ageless Orlando Hernandez baffled Pittsburgh on four hits through seven innings Wednesday night, pitching the New York Mets to a 5-0 victory over the Pirates.

Hernandez, listed as 36 but believed to be older, used his full arsenal, mixing his pitches with his herky-jerky motion and keeping the Pirates off balance as the Mets became the first National League team to win 50 games.

For the veteran right-hander, acquired in a trade with Arizona on May 24 to boost the back end of the Mets' rotation, the effort was reminiscent of a complete game three-hitter he threw against the Pirates on June 8.

The first six pitches he threw missed the strike zone but he recovered quickly and dominated the Pirates, allowing four singles. Hernandez (5-8) walked two and struck out seven before turning the game over to the bullpen for the final two innings to complete the Mets' fifth combined shutout of the season.

IN PHILADELPHIA, Khalil Greene's three-run homer off all-star closer Tom Gordon in the ninth inning lifted San Diego to victory over Philadelphia.

Jake Peavy pitched seven strong innings and hit his first career homer for the Padres, who snapped an 11-game losing streak to Philadelphia that dated to the 2004 season.

Scott Linebrink (6-2) pitched a scoreless inning and Trevor Hoffman finished for his 21st save in 22 chances.

Phillies starter Scott Mathieson allowed three runs and six hits in eight innings in only his third career start. Chase Utley extended his hitting streak to 11 games with an RBI double.

San Diego, which came in tied for first place in the NL West, ended a three-game losing streak.

Mike Piazza singled off Arthur Rhodes (0-3) with one out in the ninth inning. Pinch-runner Eric Young went to second base on a wild pitch and pinch-hitter Josh Bard was intentionally walked. Gordon came in and Greene hit a 2-0 pitch into the left-field seats for his 11th homer.

Peavy allowed three runs and six hits, striking out nine for his fourth consecutive solid outing. He put the Padres ahead 3-1 with a two-run shot in the fifth inning.