Shea Heilman Where The Loser Comes Home To Roost

You might not be able to say much about how he pitches on the road, but for two consecutive games at Shea, Heilman has seemed right at home. In 16 innings worth of unpredictable fun at Shea, Heilman (2-2) has allowed a mere run, three hits and four walks, striking out 12, to laud a 0.56 ERA. Pedro Country.

But on the road, this guy stinks so far, going 0-2 with a 12.00 ERA in two starts.

Heilman went through a stretch last night where he retired 15 straight batters and it stayed 1-0 until the sixth when Mike Piazza, who broke out of a slump with three hits, doubled home Kaz Matsui with the tying run. Then Cliff Floyd hit his fifth home run of the season, stretching his hitting streak to 12 games as the Mets hung on to win last night 5-4.

The Mets have now won 11 of their last 15 games and are just a half-game behind the idle Marlins for the top spot in the National League East, tied with the Braves.

But the win was almost lost when Roberto Hernandez, unscored upon in his first eight appearances, allowed a pinch-hit, two-run home run by Pete Orr in the eighth and again in the ninth, when Wright was guilty of one misplay and an error.

The Mets designating Mike Matthews for assignment last night and recalling lefty Royce Ring. Matthews, a lefty acquired in the offseason, had posted a 10.80 ERA in six games. Entering last night, Ring owned a 1.00 ERA in nine innings at Norfolk.

Piazza has thrown out just one of 21 runners attempting to steal this season.

Tonight Pedro faces Smoltz in a rematch.

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