Dodgers 6, Mets 4
NEW YORK (AP) - Tim Wallach went 3-for-4 and tripled in the go-ahead run in the eighth as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the New York Mets 6-4 Tuesday night in Hideo Nomo’s fifth straight no-decision.
Wallach, playing in his third game of the season since coming off the disabled list Saturday, hit a two-out line drive to center off Doug Henry (1-2) that was barely missed by a diving Brett Butler.
It drove in Raul Mondesi, who went 2-for-4 including his ninth homer of the year. Delino DeShields followed Wallach’s triple with an RBI single for a 6-4 lead.
Los Angeles snapped a six-game losing streak. New York lost its third straight.
Nomo pitched six innings and struck out seven, raising his NL-leading strikeout total to 40. The former Japan League star had one poor inning, allowing the Mets to send nine batters to the plate in the third when they scored three runs but left the bases loaded.
Omar Daal (3-0) pitched one perfect inning of relief. Todd Worrell relieved with the bases loaded and no outs in the eighth and retired the next three hitters on a strikeout and two popups. He gained his third save.
David Segui’s second homer of the year gave New York a 4-3 lead in the fourth, but Los Angeles tied it in the seventh on an RBI single by Jose Offerman.
Mets starter Dave Mlicki was removed after DeShields moved to second on a sacrifice with two outs in the seventh. Henry came in to face Offerman and promptly allowed the Dodgers to tie the game.
New York’s bullpen had a tough start to the season but had pitched better recently, allowing only one earned run in its previous 17 2-3 innings. Eric Gunderson gave up DeShields’ RBI single in the eighth.
The Dodgers took a 1-0 lead in the first on Mondesi’s home run and made it 3-0 in the top of the third. Offerman doubled, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a throwing error by catcher Todd Hundley. One out later, Eric Karros hit his fifth homer.
The Mets scored three runs in the third on RBI singles by Joe Vizcaino and Rico Brogna and an RBI double by Bobby Bonilla. Nomo got out of the inning by striking out Jeff Kent and getting Hundley to foul out to third.
Nomo allowed eight hits and four runs with two walks. Mlicki went 6 2-3 innings and allowed six hits and four earned runs with a walk and three strikeouts.
Roberto Kelly, acquired earlier Tuesday in a four-player trade with Montreal, went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts.
Notes: Wallach, who entered the game 1-for-9 (.111), raised his average to .309. ... Nomo went 0-for-2 at the plate with two groundouts, making him 0-for-9 this season with five strikeouts. He had one wild pitch and bounced at least six pitches in front of home plate ... Many in the paid crowd of 19,107 were Japanese expatriates who cheered every strikeout by Nomo. ... Mets coach Frank Howard spent Tuesday at home recovering from hernia surgery. Tom McCraw coached first base in his place. ... The Dodgers have had much more success on the road (8-4) than at home (3-10). ... The losing streak was the Dodgers’ longest since a seven-game skid Aug. 7-13, 1993.