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Marlins double up Mets for fifth straight win

6/25/2003

NEW YORK (AP) -- Brad Penny figured out what he was doing wrong --
against the Mets and everyone else.

"Somebody who I hardly know told me I was tipping my pitches,"
he said after the Florida Marlins beat New York 8-4 Tuesday night
for their fifth straight victory.

"I watched the tape and I saw that I was, so I changed it up a
bit tonight," he said.

Penny had been 0-7 in 10 appearances against the Mets, and 0-5
at Shea Stadium before the victory. He said he had apparently been
tipping his pitches for at least a year.

As far as finally beating the Mets, he said, "I take every one
the same. You beat the Mets, you beat the Phillies, it's all the
same."

Penny (6-5) allowed four runs on seven hits, walking two and
striking out six before leaving two batters into the seventh
inning.

Michael Tejera pitched three scoreless innings for his first
save.

Luis Castillo triggered a four-run sixth inning with a two-run
homer and Mike Lowell drove in two more runs for Florida.

Castillo's homer, his fifth of the season, made it 6-1. Florida
is now 39-39, reaching the .500 mark for the first time since May
1.

Lowell, who started the night tied for third in the NL in RBI,
raised his total to 63 by driving in a run with a double in the
third and another with a single in the fifth off Mets starter Al
Leiter (8-4).

"He's trying to be pretty fine at times with his pitches and
he's missing just a bit," Mets manager Art Howe said.

Florida took a 3-1 lead in the third when rookie shortstop Jose
Reyes booted Ivan Rodriguez's hard one-hopper with the bases
loaded, allowing two runs to score. Lowell followed with his RBI
double.

Rodriguez doubled and scored on Lowell's single in the fifth to
make it 4-1.

After Castillo's homer, the Marlins added two more runs in the
sixth on Juan Encarnacion's RBI single and Derrek Lee's RBI double.

An RBI single by Cliff Floyd gave the Mets a 1-0 lead in the
first inning.

New York added a run in the sixth on Roger Cedeno's solo homer
and two in the seventh when Vance Wilson led off with a homer and
pinch-hitter Tony Clark later added an RBI double.

Leiter gave up eight runs, seven of them earned, on eight hits
in 5 2-3 innings with five walks and four strikeouts.

Game notes
Cedeno's stolen base in the first inning was the 200th of
his career. ... Castillo's homer was his 18th career hit off Leiter
but the first homer. ... Marlins have won 20 of their last 30
games.