But in the bottom of the inning
, Tomko gave up a two-out, two-run single to Wright to put the Mets in front to stay.
The pitcher becomes convinced it's going to happen to him and it stays in the back of his mind: "Well, I always have a tough first inning
He allowed 10 hits, but the Angels couldn't string them together and didn't put a runner in scoring position until the fourth inning
It seemed that Maddux might be fading in the fifth, when he walked Cameron and needed 18 pitches to get through the inning
, but he came back to retire the side on six pitches in the sixth.
The Dodgers' Nomar Garciaparra left the game after the sixth inning
with a strained left quadriceps and said he was unsure about whether he would be able to play tonight.
Tomko began the inning
and retired only one of four batters, that on a sacrifice bunt, and walked two.
Weaver left after the seventh inning
, scattering six hits while striking out five and walking one.
Hendrickson got out of that inning
with no further damage, but only after a running catch by center fielder Jason Repko became an inning
-ending double play when Repko threw to first to double off Brandon Phillips, who already had rounded second.
Their last, best hope came in the third inning
, when they still trailed by a single run and managed to get a pair of lucky infield singles with two outs.
By the ninth inning
, starting pitcher Mark Hendrickson was gone, but his effort was not forgotten.
Weaver was not horrible, as he gave up three runs in six innings
, but he got no help from a bullpen that gave up three runs in the seventh inning
as the Rangers took a seemingly comfortable 6-2 lead.
The two teams were tied 6-6 after nine innings
at Angel Stadium.
But more important than any of that, they got some long-awaited offensive heroics - in the late innings
, no less - and rode them to a 6-6, ninth-inning
tie with the San Diego Padres in front of 38,050 on Monday night at Dodger Stadium.
All that was rendered moot, however, shortly after Josh Barfield hit a pop fly off Giovanni Carrara with two outs in the top of the 11th inning
Lackey entered Wednesday's game as the hottest pitcher in the American League, having thrown two consecutive complete game shutouts, but against the Indians he had to work to get of trouble in every inning