Giants fans booed a little louder when Mike Piazza stepped to the plate, not ready to forget his days with the Dodgers.
With his bat, Piazza turned those boos to groans.
"I love this place," Hershiser said, "and I'll be saddened when it's gone. I know the team and fans here are excited about moving to a new ballpark, but I'll miss Candlestick."
Piazza is 10-for-14 over his last three games, with two homers and six RBIs. His two-run shot in the fourth off Kirk Rueter (10-7) erased a 1-0 deficit and sparked a decisive five-run rally.
"I'm just taking nice, easy swings," Piazza said. "Not muscling up as much. I'm just more comfortable when I'm taking easy swings."
Rueter probably wondered how such an easy swing could result in a batted ball landing ten rows deep into the bleachers.
"I felt pretty good up until that inning," Rueter said. "Then I made some bad pitches. They're a good-hitting team and they didn't miss them. We were up 1-0 and suddenly it was 5-1, and that kind of knocked the wind out of our sails."
Hershiser has won both of his starts this season against the Giants, the team he pitched for in 1998. He gave up one run and four hits, with three walks and five strikeouts.
"The Mets play good defene. Everyone knows that," Giants manager Dusty Baker said. "Orel's going to throw a lot of groundballs. Not a whole lot gets through here."
"For a groundball pitcher, this defense in this park is just heaven," Hershiser said.
Rickey Henderson also had four hits as the Mets roughed up Rueter and four relievers for 16 hits.
Rueter's two-out RBI double scored Bill Mueller to put the Giants up 1-0 in the second.
The Mets wasted leadoff singles in each of the first three innings before breaking through in the fourth after a leadoff walk to John Olerud. Piazza followed with his 25th home run for a 2-1 Mets lead.
Ordonez moved to second on Hershiser's groundout and scored on a single by Henderson to put the Mets up 5-1.
Agbayani's second RBI double of the game gave the Mets a 6-1 lead in the fifth.
Rueter is now 0-4 with a 6.65 ERA in 10 lifetime starts against the Mets. The Giants have lost 11 of 15 games.
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