Series: Game 1 of 3

Florida leads 1-0 (as of 6/24)

Game 1: Tuesday, June 24
NY Mets4
Game 2: Wednesday, June 25
NY Mets6
Game 3: Thursday, June 26
NY Mets1

Marlins 8


Mets 4

(33-41, 16-19 home)

    7:10 PM ET, June 24, 2003

    Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York 

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    W: B. Penny (6-5)

    L: A. Leiter (8-4)

    S: M. Tejera (1)

    Marlins double up Mets for fifth straight win

    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.

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