Mike Piazza lined an RBI double in his Mets debut and, playing in front of a Shea Stadium crowd swelled past its usual size, Al Leiter pitched New York past the Milwaukee Brewers 3-0 Saturday.
Piazza, acquired a day earlier in a trade with the Florida Marlins, drew loud ovations all afternoon in going 1-for-4. The crowd of 32,908 - the Mets had been averaging 18,278 - included nearly 13,000 walk-up fans and Jerry Seinfeld."It was real exciting for me, these people are awesome," Piazza said.
Leiter (4-3) pitched a four-hitter for his first shutout since throwing a no-hitter for the Marlins on May 11, 1996. The left-hander won for the first time in five starts.
The Mets won their third straight game and sent the Brewers to their fourth loss in a row.
Piazza, who arrived at the ballpark just two hours before the game because of a plane mixup, grounded out and struck out before rewarding his new fans with his first hit for the Mets, a solid double to the right-center field gap in the fifth that made it 2-0.
Jeff Juden (5-3) took the loss.
REDS 4, ROCKIES 1 (6 1/2 innings): At Cincinnati, Willie Greene, Jon Nunnally and Dmitri Young hit solo homers as Cincinnati won a game called because of a storm in the bottom of the seventh.
PIRATES 10, MARLINS 4: At Miami, Jon Lieber pitched seven innings despite a rough start and sparked a comeback with his bat, helping Pittsburgh beat Florida.
EXPOS 3, PHILLIES 2: At Montreal, Chris Widger's bases-loaded single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth off Curt Schilling lifted Montreal over Philadelphia.
CUBS 10, BRAVES 6, (11 innings): At Atlanta, the Braves' bullpen cost Dennis Martinez a chance to tie Juan Marichal's record for wins by a Latin-born pitcher, and Chicago rallied from a late four-run deficit.
ASTROS 4, PADRES 3: At Houston, Sean Berry hit a go-ahead, two-run homer off Dan Miceli in the eighth inning for Houston.
CARDINALS 11, GIANTS 10: At St. Louis, Mark McGwire homered twice, raising his season total to 23, and St. Louis held on to beat San Francisco.
DODGERS 7, DIAMONDBACKS 1: At Phoenix, Ramon Martinez pitched a two-hitter as Los Angeles got another strong pitching performance in beating Arizona.