May 6, 2003: Clark and Wilson Hit Back-to-back Homers

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Date: May 6, 2003
Mets starter: Pedro Astacio
Mets: 3
Dodgers: 2
Winning pitcher: Pedro Astacio
Key player(s): Tony Clark, Vance Wilson
Key play: Clark's and Wilson's home runs in 4th

The Mets faced the Dodgers on Tuesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams began a three-game series in front of 21,173 fans. Consecutive home runs by Tony Clark and Vance Wilson in the fourth inning lifted the Mets to a 3-2 victory.

After a scoreless first inning, the Mets took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second. Los Angeles starter Odalis Perez retired Clark and Wilson before giving up a double to Tsuyoshi Shinjo. An ensuing triple by Rey Sanchez scored Shinjo for the first run of the game. The Dodgers came back to tie when Brian Jordan got a two-out single off Pedro Astacio that brought home Dave Roberts in the top of the third.

In the fourth, Astacio set down the Dodgers in order in the top of the inning. Perez retired Cliff Floyd to begin the bottom half. Clark and Wilson followed with back-to-back homers to give the Mets a 3-1 lead. Later in the inning, Shinjo singled and Sanchez walked before Perez retired Roberto Alomar with no further scoring.

The Dodgers scored a run in the fifth when Paul Lo Duca crossed the plate on Astacio's second wild pitch of the inning. Pedro pitched a perfect sixth and the Mets failed to score in the bottom half, despite Shinjo's third hit of the game. In the seventh and eighth, three Met relievers teamed up to shut down Los Angeles. Meanwhile, the Mets were held scoreless by the Dodger bullpen.

Armando Benitez pitched a 1-2-3 top of the ninth inning to end the game. The Mets had a victory to start the three-game set. Clark's and Wilson's home runs were the difference in the outcome.