"It's kind of like getting in early on an IPO ... immediate returns," Mets manager Bobby Valentine said Sunday after Trammell's three-run homer led New York over the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2.
Before a crowd of Mets' greats that included Willie Mays, Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman, Keith Hernandez and Gary Carter on hand for a pregame promotion honoring the team's top 10 moments Trammell followed Bordick to create a little niche in the Mets' record book and help extend New York's winning streak to six games.
"We kind of just looked at each other," Trammell said. "We knew what we were thinking."
Bordick, acquired from Baltimore on Friday, was 2-for-3 with a homer Saturday and went 0-for-4 Sunday.
Trammell, a 28-year-old outfielder, was acquired by the Mets from Tampa Bay on Friday along with Rick White, the winner Saturday.
Trammell, whose first name is Thomas and goes by his middle name, got the first curtain call of his career Sunday.
"Tey started pushing me," he said of his teammates. "After a few pushes, it didn't take a whole lot."
Jones pitched his first complete game since May 28, 1997, at Montreal, just his 10th in 179 major league starts. He retired his first 14 batters before Fernando Tatis singled to left in the fifth, then gave up a run-scoring grounder to Eric Davis in the sixth following Fernando Vina's single and Edgar Renteria's double. Ray Lankford added a long two-out homer in the ninth.
In recent starts, Jones has been pitching with better command, a key since his fastball doesn't overwhelm. He stopped experimenting with changes in his mechanics and is starting to show the form that made him an All-Star in 1997.
After warming up, he made a point of checking out the pregame ceremonies and was glad he pitched well in front of the illustrious crowd.
St. Louis, 0-6 against this Mets this year, has lost four straight overall and six of eight. The Cardinals are 7-13 since Mark McGwire went on the disabled list and their NL Central lead, which stood at 10 games on July 5, was cut to four games with Cincinnati's 7-4 win at Montreal.
"Now we're 10 games over (57-47) and we've got to pick it up," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. "When you're 20 games over at this time of the year, you can look forward to having some fun in October, but now we have our work cut out for us."
"The home run was a killer," Stephenson said.
Stephenson allowed all four runs and five hits in four innings, losing to the Mets for the first time in three career decisions. St. Louis has lost 18 of its last 26 games at New York.
When you get 0-2, that isn't the kind of quality pitch we've seen from him," La Russa said.
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