Barely 11 hours after finishing a rain-delayed game, the New York Mets were back on the field and completed a three-game sweep of San Diego, defeating the visiting Padres, 9-3, yesterday to tie the Atlanta Braves for the NL East lead.
Darryl Hamilton and Roger Cedeno homered for the Mets and Al Leiter (10-7) drove in three runs with a double.
San Diego has lost six straight and is 3-17 following a 24-7 run that included a club-record 14-game winning streak.
With both teams traveling to the West Coast later in the day, the game started shortly after noon, a quick turnaround after the Mets and Padres played until nearly 1 a.m. the night before.
New York struck quickly. Cedeno beat out a bunt for a leadoff single in the first and scored on John Olerud's grounder.
Robin Ventura's sacrifice fly and Hamilton's sixth homer -- his second since the Mets acquired him from Colorado on July 31 -- made it 3-0 against Woody Williams (5-11), who was pounded for nine runs and 10 hits in five innings.
Leiter, who has won eight of his last 10 decisions, worked seven innings and allowed three runs and four hits. His fifth-inning double made him 4 for 39 (.103, also his career average) this season with four RBI.
"I have the most pathetic swing in baseball," he said. "But I'll take the three RBIs."
Cedeno's third-inning homer made it 4-0, and the Mets added two more runs in the inning on an RBI single by Hamilton (3 for 3 with a walk) and a sacrifice fly by Shawon Dunston.
Leiter did not allow a hit until the fifth. Chris Gomez blooped a double leading off, Damian Jackson hit an RBI single and Eric Owens's eighth homer made it 6-3.
DODGERS 10, EXPOS 5: Gary Sheffield hit his 20th homer and Mike Judd won his first major league start as Los Angeles took advantage of five errors to win in Montreal. Sheffield (2 for 4 with a walk) hit a two-run shot off Dustin Hermanson (5-11) in the seventh.
Judd allowed four runs and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings, giving up Vladimir Guerrero's solo homer and Shane Andrews's three-run drive. Judd, 8-7 with a 6.67 ERA in 21 starts for Class AAA Albuquerque, struck out three and walked two.
"It was only one game," he said. "I've had good outings and the next time, bad. Now I've got to worry about the next outing, just try to do the same thing I did this time."
With two outs in the first, Sheffield reached on shortstop Geoff Blum's two-base error and scored on a single by Eric Karros, his 15th RBI in five games.
After Guerrero's 26th homer in the fourth, the Dodgers took advantage of sloppy defense to take a 4-1 lead in the sixth.
Sheffield drew a one-out walk and stole second. Karros walked, Sheffield stole third and scored the go-ahead run as catcher Michael Barrett dropped the throw home on Raul Mondesi's grounder to third.
Todd Hollandsworth followed with an RBI single and Mondesi also scored as the ball got past left fielder Orlando Merced for an error.
Montreal closed to 6-4 in the seventh on Andrews's ninth homer, which chased Judd.
Los Angeles added a pair of runs in the eighth on Paul LoDuca's sacrifice fly and Mark Grudzielanek's RBI single. LoDuca got a two-run single in the ninth.