NEW YORK -- Willie Randolph should be able to rest easy, at least for one night.
Oliver Perez pitched seven stellar innings and the New York Mets
beat the Texas Rangers 7-1 on Friday night, giving their embattled
manager a win and momentarily easing the tension in a clubhouse
desperate for something good to happen.
Perez also drove in two runs for the Mets, who played small ball
to perfection in manufacturing all of their runs. Marlon Anderson
snapped an 0-for-25 slump with a base hit and also had a pair of
RBIs for New York.
Josh Hamilton homered and had two hits for the Rangers, but the
best hitting club in the American League managed just one other hit
in its first game against the Mets at Shea Stadium.