Series: Game 4 of 4

Series tied 2-2 (as of 7/7)

Game 1: Thursday, July 4
New York 7Final
Florida 9
Game 2: Friday, July 5
New York 5Final
Florida 3
Game 3: Saturday, July 6
New York 2Final
Florida 5
Game 4: Sunday, July 7
New York 9Final
Florida 3

Mets 9

(43-44, 22-26 away)

Marlins 3

(45-43, 26-21 home)

    4:05 PM ET, July 7, 2002

    Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Florida 

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    NYM 200020005 9 - -
    FLA 200000100 3 - -

    W: G. Roberts (2-0)

    L: O. Mairena (2-2)

    Floyd distracted, frustrated during Florida's game

    MIAMI (AP) -- Cliff Floyd might have played his last game with the Florida Marlins on Sunday.

    And nothing went as planned.

    Cliff Floyd

    Floyd went 0-for-2 and misplayed a fly ball in the ninth inning that led to two runs as the New York Mets beat the Florida Marlins 9-3 behind a career-high five RBI from Jay Payton.

    Floyd also had to sit through four rain delays totaling more than three hours. And with each delay, he had to hear about trade rumors sending him and teammate Ryan Dempster to the Montreal Expos.

    "It ain't 100-percent true, so it hasn't sunk in yet,'' Floyd said. "On the other hand, I'm more frustrated because nothing has been said to me, nothing has been said to Dempster.

    "We're just basically waiting to see. That's what's frustrating. It's not fun coming to the park and having to talk about this when my main focus has always been to come here and give 100 percent.''

    The Expos and Marlins were trying to close a deal to bring Floyd to their outfield and Dempster to their rotation. The Expos discussed trading pitchers Masato Yoshii and Graeme Lloyd and three prospects to the Marlins. One of those minor leaguers is Double-A pitcher Josh Karp.

    "The way I look at it, I'm wanted,'' Floyd said. "It feels good to be wanted. They're doing what they have to do to try to win this thing. It's unfortunate that we're not doing the same thing here.''

    The game was halted a total of 3 hours, 3 minutes -- 38 minutes in the first inning, 17 minutes in the third, 1 hour, 44 minutes in the fourth, and 24 minutes in the sixth.

    By the time the grounds crew got the tarp on the field in the third and sixth innings, the hard, intermittent rain had stopped. Crew chief Ed Rapuano was obviously frustrated, throwing his hands up in disbelief when he had to clear the teams off the field just three minutes after the second rain delay ended.

    The fans were equally displeased. When one fan yelled "Let's go Mets'' in the eighth, another responded, "Let's go home.''

    "It takes a lot of concentration to get through a game like that,'' Mets manager Bobby Valentine said.

    Reliever Grant Roberts (2-0) allowed a hit in 1 1-3 innings for the win, which gave the Mets a split in the four-game series. But Roberts left in the fifth with right biceps tendinitis.

    Florida cut the lead to 4-3 in the seventh when Luis Castillo singled and later scored on Mike Lowell's single. But the Mets put the game away with a five-run ninth.

    Roberto Alomar had an RBI triple, and Mike Piazza followed with a pinch-hit single. After Mo Vaughn walked, Payton hit his seventh homer of the season. He also had a two-run double in the first.

    The inning capped a frustrating night for the Marlins. It started with the rain delays.

    With each one, the trade rumors spread. By the time the fourth one rolled around, players were hearing about the proposed trade from fans.

    "I don't know a thing about it,'' Marlins manager Jeff Torborg said. "I know what I saw on television. Unfortunately, we saw it every five minutes. It's all rumor for crying out loud.

    "If they made a deal and the guy involved was playing, they would tell you to get him out of there. I've had that happen before.''

    With the game tied at 2 in the fifth, Oswaldo Mairena (2-2) gave up two runs with the help of two Florida errors. Lowell dropped a fly ball in foul territory, but it didn't hurt. Preston Wilson's was costly, though. He misplayed a base hit that prevented any chance at throwing out Edgardo Alfonzo from second and allowed Vaughn to score from first.

    Wilson whiffed on Vance Wilson's base hit up the middle. The ball skipped under Wilson's glove and rolled behind him. Instead of turning around to get the ball, he faked a throw home in hopes of holding Vaughn at third. It didn't work.

    "What a wacko game that was,'' Torborg said.

    Game notes

    The Mets struck out 10 times Sunday, giving them 39 Ks in the four-game series. ... New York SS Rey Ordonez left the game in the sixth after fouling a ball into his left foot. He has a bruised left toe. ... Piazza didn't start because of back spasms but is expected to be in the All-Star Game lineup on Tuesday night. ... Marlins SS Alex Gonzalez was taken to a hospital for tests after waking up with stomach pains Sunday. Team officials were unsure what was wrong but Gonzalez spent the night in the hospital.

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