Series: Game 4 of 4

Series tied 2-2 (as of 5/27)

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 5

(26-25, 13-17 away)

Mets 3

(27-24, 13-12 home)

    1:10 PM ET, May 27, 2002

    Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York 

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    W: R. Dempster (3-5)

    L: A. Leiter (5-4)

    S: V. Nunez (12)

    Florida uses seven stolen bases to win

    NEW YORK (AP) -- There were times Monday when the Florida Marlins looked like a track team, running around the bases almost at will in a 5-3 victory over the New York Mets.

    Mike Redmond and Vlad Nunez

    Florida catcher Mike Redmond greets reliever Vladimir Nunez after the Marlins got the final out.

    The Marlins finished with seven stolen bases, four in one inning, and that was nothing new for the runningest team in the major leagues. The seven steals gave them 65 for the season and it was their 20th game with more than one swipe.

    ''We have the ability to run because we have some speed and we have to take advantage of that,'' manager Jeff Torborg said. ''Running the bases aggressively ... I think that stirs up the dugout as much as a home run. It gets you excited.''

    All the steals came against Mets catcher Mike Piazza, who now has thrown out just four runners in 43 attempts.

    He had no explanation for what happened.

    ''Honestly, I felt I threw the ball as well as I have in a long time,'' he said. ''They got good jumps. They're quick off the base. All you can do is make consistent throws. That's the way it is.''

    Piazza wasn't the only one to blame. Loser Al Leiter (5-4) did a poor job of holding the runners and manager Bobby Valentine never called a pitchout.

    So it was off to the races for the Marlins.

    ''Al has a quick move, but he didn't use it,'' Valentine said. ''He was trying to make good pitches, thinking about getting the hitters.

    ''There was a lot of shared responsibility. I could have pitched out more. We could have thrown over more. Al could have been quicker.''

    Nobody was quicker than Luis Castillo, who had two of the steals and extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a pair of run-scoring singles.

    Castillo drove in Florida's first run in the third inning after Derrek Lee and Mike Redmond opened with singles and moved up on a sacrifice by winning pitcher Ryan Dempster (3-5).

    Two innings later, Redmond led off with a double to right field. Dempster sacrificed again and again Castillo delivered the run with a single through the drawn-in infield.

    Andy Fox followed with an infield single. Then Fox and Castillo worked a double steal and when Piazza's throw was wide for an error, Castillo scored. Fox then stole third and Preston Wilson walked. Wilson then stole second -- the fourth stolen base in the inning.

    Cliff Floyd singled Fox home but Wilson was thrown out trying to score by center fielder Jay Payton.

    ''Leiter went to the slide step after I got the hit up the middle,'' Floyd said. ''I don't know why he didn't go to it earlier. It hurt him. Every time we got a guy on base, he was in scoring position.''

    In the sixth, Eric Owens led off with a single that rolled just inside the third-base line, the Marlins' third infield hit of the game. He immediately stole second and scored on Redmond's third hit, another double.

    The seven stolen bases against the Mets were one short of the record set July 16, 1988, by the Atlanta Braves. Florida stole 10 bases in a defeat against San Diego on May 18, 2000.

    The Mets scored in the sixth on singles by Roberto Alomar, Jeromy Burnitz and Edgardo Alfonzo and knocked Dempster out with three more hits in the seventh. But relievers Armando Almanza and Branden Looper retired Alomar and Piazza to end the inning.

    Mo Vaughn hit a solo homer, his fourth, off Looper in the eighth. Vladimir Nunez pitched the ninth for his 12th save.

    Game notes

    Castillo's two steals gave him 21, tops in the National League. ... Piazza's fourth-inning triple was his first three-base hit in four years. His last one was May 18, 1998, during the week he played for Florida. ... Outfielder Roger Cedeno was a late scratch for the Mets because of a sore ankle. ... A Ground Zero flag flew over Shea Stadium for Memorial Day, accompanied to the game by Major General Jack A Davis, commanding officer of the 4th Marine Division, who threw out the first pitch. ... The Marlins finished their longest road trip ever at 5-9.

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