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Finally! On the 13th day of a descent that joined them with baseball's losers, the Mets did something different. They won a game. Sid Fernandez stayed shutout tough for seven innings and the Mets broke loose for an 8-0 victory in the second game of a doubleheader with the Cardinals last night.
Mark Carreon, who had three homers in 27 pinch-hit at-bats, finally added his fourth homer in his 139th at-bat as a non-pinch hitter. That led off the fifth and gave the Mets a 1-0 lead. Fernandez (1-3) took the edge and held it securely, yielding only four singles and striking out nine. And when Alejandro Pena finished up, both the Mets and Fernandez had a long-awaited win.
[David Cone] tried to take heart in a sharp seven-inning effort after so much recent struggle. About the only other highlight of the opener for the Mets also centered on Cone. He was visited on the mound during the second inning by Toppsy Curvey, the same stripper who emerged from the crowd on July 28 at Yankee Stadium to plant a kiss on pitcher Scott Kamieniecki.