Jim Gott and Mark Davis combined on a six-hitter yesterday in San Francisco as the Giants snapped Dwight Gooden's 14-game winning streak with a 3-2 victory over the New York Mets.
New York remained two games behind first-place St. Louis in the National League East. The Cardinals lost to Houston, 3-1.
Gooden (20-4) allowed single runs in the first and second innings and went six innings, giving up six hits and striking out seven. The last time Gooden faced the Giants, at Shea Stadium, he struck out 16.
Gooden had not been beaten since May 25, when he lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers and Fernando Valenzuela. He began his winning streak with a victory over the Giants at Candlestick Park on May 30.
"I don't think my losing does anything," he said. "Ed Lynch will come in tomorrow and pick us up. I've lost before. I always just take things one game at a time.
"There was never any pressure on myself. I just wanted to pitch well."
Gott (5-10) ended a personal five-game losing streak with seven strong innings. He yielded one unearned run in the seventh and Davis worked the last two innings for his seventh save.
"It probably was my best game of the season," said Gott, who was winless since July 2. "Going up against someone who's won 14 straight you want to be the guy stopping him. It was a challenge, so I worked a lot harder preparing for this game.
"I also hadn't won a game in August and this was my last chance."