Friday, September 08, 2006

Mets get shutout 5-0

One night after the Mets blanked the Dodgers behind a solid 6 1/3 innings from Tom Glavine, the Dodgers received a quality start from Hong-Chih Kuo to beat the Mets, 5-0, on Friday in front of 52,077 at Shea Stadium.

The Mets, who belted two home runs off the National League's league leader in wins, Brad Penny, on Thursday, could not do much against Kuo, who held the Mets hitless until David Wright singled in the fifth.

Kuo, a 25-year-old rookie left-hander who had not started in the Major Leagues before Friday's outing, gave up only three hits and three walks with seven strikeouts in six innings.

The Mets' only threat came in the fifth after Kuo allowed the single to Wright, followed by another single by Shawn Green. But Chris Woodward struck out, and Lastings Milledge grounded into a double play.

The Dodgers scored two runs in the first inning on a throwing error by Wright with two outs and the bases loaded.

The visitors added insurance runs in the fifth inning off Mets starter John Maine on two solo home runs by Rafael Furcal and Nomar Garciaparra. After the inning, in which Maine escaped with two men left on base, the starter was removed after 87 pitches. Maine allowed six hits and four runs, two earned, with three walks and four strikeouts.

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