Series: Game 2 of 4

Series tied 1-1 (as of 5/25)

Game 1: Friday, May 24
Florida 4Final
in 10
New York 5
Game 2: Saturday, May 25
Florida 6Final
New York 5
Game 3: Sunday, May 26
Florida 0Final
New York 3
Game 4: Monday, May 27
Florida 5Final
New York 3

Marlins 6

(25-24, 12-16 away)

Mets 5

(26-23, 12-11 home)

1:10 PM ET, May 25, 2002

Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York 

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W: A. Almanza (1-0)

L: D. Weathers (2-1)

S: V. Nunez (11)

Marlins capitalize on mistakes to beat Mets

NEW YORK (AP) -- After squandering chance after chance for six innings, the Florida Marlins took advantage of the mistake-prone New York Mets in the seventh.

Eric Owens

Eric Owens' two-run triple highlighted a five-run seventh inning and more sloppy fielding by the Mets contributed to Florida's 6-5 victory Saturday.

After stranding 11 runners in the first six innings against Pedro Astacio, the Marlins erased a 4-1 deficit in the seventh.

''For some reason, this team doesn't get frustrated,'' Owens said. ''We know we can come back when we have to. When they're giving you runs, you have to take advantage.''

The Mets committed two errors in the inning and made three other misplays in the field, drawing loud boos from the crowd of 35,724. New York leads the NL with 47 errors.

''If you don't play the way you're capable of playing, you should be booed,'' said Mets second baseman Roberto Alomar, who made one of the errors.

With one out, Mike Lowell hit a high fly to shallow left field. Shortstop Rey Ordonez appeared to have a play on it but deferred to left fielder Timo Perez, who lunged and dropped the ball after a long run. The play was scored a double.

''I knew I had to run because the wind was a little crazy and the sun was a little crazy,'' said Lowell, who misplayed a foul pop to third in the third inning. ''It worked out and led to a big inning.''

Derrek Lee followed with a single to put runners on first and third and chase Astacio.

David Weathers (2-1) came in and gave up a first-pitch triple to Owens. The ball squirted by right fielder Jeromy Burnitz as two runs scored to cut New York's lead to 4-3.

''I made a bad pitch,'' Weathers said. ''That seemed to give them a little momentum and it was tough to stop.''

Pinch-hitter Tim Raines was hit by a pitch with two outs. The Mets appeared to be out of the inning when Luis Castillo hit a hard grounder to second, but Alomar booted the ball for a run-scoring error that tied the game.

''It's frustrating. I should have caught the ball,'' said Alomar, a 10-time Gold Glove winner. ''I just missed it. It was the third out and I missed it. I thought I had my glove down. I didn't have my glove down enough. It just hit my shoe.''

Andy Fox followed with a dribbler down the third-base line for an RBI infield hit. Edgardo Alfonzo's throw to first was wide and went into foul territory.

First baseman Mo Vaughn retrieved the ball but hesitated before throwing home, allowing Castillo to score from first on Alfonzo's error.

''I never stopped running,'' Castillo said. ''It looked like he didn't want to throw the ball.''

Castillo had three hits and two runs scored to extend his hitting streak to 13 games for the Marlins, who improved to 4-8 on a franchise-long, 14-game road trip.

Armando Almanza (1-0) pitched one scoreless inning for the win. Vladimir Nunez came on with one on and two outs in the eighth and retired Mike Piazza on a groundout. Nunez allowed an RBI groundout to Roger Cedeno in the ninth before striking out Vaughn with a runner on first to end it.

The Mets scored four runs off Kevin Olsen in the second inning to give their starter a rare early cushion. The four runs were more than New York had scored in 30 of its first 48 games but turned out not to be enough.

Alfonzo, Burnitz and Jay Payton opened the inning with singles, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead. Sacrifice bunts by Vance Wilson and Rey Ordonez made it 2-0.

With the outfield playing in against the weak-hitting Astacio, the Mets pitcher doubled over right fielder Cliff Floyd's head for just his third hit and first RBI in 26 at-bats. Perez followed with a double to make it 4-0.

Despite putting 13 runners on in the first six innings, Florida's only run came on Preston Wilson's two-out RBI single in the fourth.

''We've wasted chances a lot on this road trip,'' manager Jeff Torborg said. ''You worry about it coming back to kick you in the teeth when you have an opportunity and don't do anything with it. We showed a lot of character today.''

Game notes

Astacio allowed three runs, 12 hits and three walks in 6 1-3 innings. ... Olsen gave up four runs and five hits in five innings. ... The Mets dropped to 15-4 when scoring at least four runs. ... Olsen singled in the second inning for his first hit in 11 career at-bats. ... Castillo is hitting .475 (28-for-59) during his streak. ... Backup catcher Vance Wilson has caught eight of 19 attempted basestealers, compared to 4-of-34 for Piazza.

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