Series: Game 3 of 3

Florida won 3-0

Game 1: Monday, September 8
NY Mets0
Game 2: Tuesday, September 9
NY Mets1
Game 3: Wednesday, September 10
NY Mets3

Marlins 7

(81-65, 35-39 away)

Mets 3

(62-83, 32-41 home)

    1:10 PM ET, September 10, 2003

    Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York 

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    FLA 002020012 7 11 0
    NYM 200001000 3 4 4

    W: M. Redman (12-9)

    L: J. Seo (8-11)

    Marlins move ahead of Phils in wild-card race

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Jack McKeon leaned back in his chair, puffed on his cigar and offered an observation after the Marlins took advantage of some sloppy play by the New York Mets in a 7-3 victory Wednesday.

    "In a close game, give us an opening and we're coming through the door," the Florida manager said.

    The Mets offered multiple openings with three errors and one embarrassing nonchalant play -- each of them contributing to Florida runs.

    It was the 11th victory in 13 games for the Marlins, who moved into the NL wild-card lead, one game ahead of Philadelphia. The loss was the seventh straight for the Mets, the first four to the Phillies, the last three to the Marlins.

    "It was a big win," McKeon said. "We got contributions from a lot of guys. We just have to play like we're playing with everybody chipping in."

    Errors by Mets third baseman Ty Wigginton and shortstop Jorge Velandia, and a nonchalant play by left fielder Raul Gonzalez led to the first five Florida runs. Then, second baseman Danny Garcia missed a foul pop, giving Ivan Rodriguez a second chance in the ninth inning and he hit a two-run wrapup homer.

    "We didn't play the kind of game we normally do defensively, and it cost us," Mets manager Art Howe said.

    The Mets misadventures started with one out in the third inning when Mike Redmond was safe on an error by Wigginton and Jeff Conine followed with a homer just inside the left-field foul pole against Jae Weong Seo (8-11).

    Then, in the fifth, Conine was safe at first with two outs when Velandia threw his routine grounder high to first and Jason Phillips missed the tag. Juan Encarnacion followed with a fly ball to left. Gonzalez never moved until the ball fell in fair territory and Conine scored on the double.

    "I made a mental mistake," Gonzalez said. "I waited for the umpire to make the call and that was it. It was too late."

    Derrek Lee, who had three hits, followed with another double to right center, scoring Encarnacion, who also had three hits.

    Garcia, who had two of the four Mets hits, got his first major league homer in the sixth against Mark Redman (12-9), who ended a personal 1-4 skid. The Marlins got that run back on pinch-hitter Gerald Williams' RBI single in the eighth against reliever John Franco.

    Then Garcia gave the Marlins another opening in the ninth when he was unable to catch a foul popup by Ivan Rodriguez. Given a second chance, Rodriguez hit a two-run homer to complete the scoring.

    "The way to make that play is to find the wall and then go to the ball and I didn't do that," Garcia said. "It kind of ate me up. It's definitely a play that needs to be made."

    Rodriguez was in the game after catcher Mike Redmond took a pitch on the elbow from reliever Grant Roberts. "Not bad for a guy who wasn't supposed to play," Redmond said.

    The Mets nicked Redman for two runs in the first. Roger Cedeno opened with a single, and walks to Mike Piazza and Wigginton loaded the bases with two outs. Prentice Redman beat out an infield hit, scoring Cedeno, and a bases-loaded walk to Velandia forced in the second run. But they managed only the two hits by Garcia the rest of the day.

    Game notes

    Conine's homer was his first extra-base hit in 10 games since being acquired from Baltimore. ... The Mets saluted the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks with a number of pregame activities. Five children of victims threw out ceremonial first pitches. ... Marlins pitcher Tim Spooneybarger had reconstructive elbow surgery Tuesday and has an expected recovery time of 12-18 months. He is to rejoin the team Friday in Miami. ... X-rays of Redmond's arm were negative and he is day to day.

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