Mets 3, Dodgers 2
NEW YORK (AP) _ Brett Butler, three hours after being traded from the Mets to the Los Angeles Dodgers, tied it with a two-run triple in the seventh inning Friday night before New York won 3-2 in the ninth on pinch-hitter Bill Spiers’ suicide squeeze.
Butler, who left the Dodgers as a free agent after last season, was sent back to Los Angeles for two minor leaguers. He went 2-for-4 with a double as the leadoff hitter.
Ryan Thompson, activated from the disabled list earlier in the day, opened the New York ninth with a double off John Cummings (1-1). Pedro Astacio relieved and Butch Huskey, recalled from Triple-A Norfolk before the game, sacrificed.
Mark Guthrie relieved and Spiers bunted in front of the plate, scoring Thompson. The single made Spiers 6-for-30 as a pinch-hitter.
Butch Henry (3-5), the fourth Mets pitcher of the game, worked a perfect ninth and struck out two.
Smart baserunning by Jeff Kent led to the Mets’ first run in the second. Kent walked and raced all the way to third on Rico Brogna’s groundout to the pitcher, and scored on a single by Thompson.
Jose Vizcaino tripled with one out in the sixth inning, and after Carl Everett was walked intentionally, Kent had an RBI grounder.
The Dodgers got even at 2 in the seventh. Tim Wallach led off with a double and one out later Chad Fonville walked. Mets starter Bobby Jones then left because of a bruised right index finger, and Don Florence relieved.
Mike Piazza, pinch-hitting for Dave Hansen, who had been announced as a pinch-hitter for starting pitcher Ramon Marinez, flied out. But Butler tripled to center field, with the ball bouncing past Damon Buford, who slipped trying to field the ball.
Notes: Fonville, who had been 13-37 (.351) for the last 10 games, lost his leadoff spot when Butler was re-acquired from the Mets. ... Martinez, who entered the game with a 12-7 record, was 7-2 on the road. ... Mets pitcher Pete Harnisch underwent successful arthroscopic surgery Friday to repair a torn labrum of his right shoulder. He is expected to start throwing again in three months.