Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 9/27)

Game 1: Friday, September 26
NY Mets3Final
Game 2: Saturday, September 27
NY Mets9Final
Game 3: Sunday, September 28
NY Mets0Final

Mets 9

(66-94, 32-48 away)

Marlins 3

(90-71, 52-28 home)

    1:15 PM ET, September 27, 2003

    Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Florida 

    R H E
    NYM - -
    FLA - -

    W: J. Seo (9-12)

    L: M. Tejera (3-4)

    Marlins starters take a rest

    MIAMI (AP) -- Even after a sloppy loss, Florida Marlins manager Jack McKeon was able to joke.

    "Let me see if I can get Dick Cheney on the phone," McKeon quipped. "Isn't he in charge of the Defense Department?"

    A day after Florida clinched the NL wild-card spot, McKeon used a makeshift lineup and the Marlins fell to Jae Weong Seo and the New York Mets 9-3 Saturday.

    The Marlins, who had not committed an error in five games, made three miscues -- one in each of the first three innings. The Mets ended Florida's five-game winning streak.

    "The defense wasn't great, but on the other hand we had a 2-2 ballgame and we decided we were going to walk everybody," McKeon said. "Some of these guys haven't been out there for a while. This game you don't need to be concerned with."

    Florida beat the Mets 4-3 Friday night to wrap up its first playoff spot since winning the 1997 World Series. The victory triggered a celebration that continued past midnight.

    Twelve hours later, the Marlins were back on the field with a lineup that included only two regulars.

    "Today was basically a work day, get your work in, almost a spring training-type game," he said. "I'd rather have today than two or three days from now."

    The last-place Mets broke open the game when they scored seven runs in the seventh.

    With the score 2-all, New York put runners on second and third to begin the seventh against reliever Michael Tejera (3-4). Joe McEwing hit an RBI single and Jason Phillips had a two-run single.

    Later, Raul Gonzalez hit a two-run triple off Nate Bump and scored on a single by Vance Wilson.

    Reliever Kevin Olsen then hit two consecutive batters to load the bases and walked Matt Watson. The Mets left the bases loaded when McEwing struck out to end the inning.

    Seo (9-12) picked up the win. He allowed two runs and five hits through six innings.

    Seo had lost five straight decisions.

    "I was glad to see him get that elusive win," Mets manager Art Howe said. "He pitched a solid game."

    Florida starter Mark Redman struck out five and allowed two runs on four hits in six innings. He is scheduled to pitch Game 3 of the playoffs against San Francisco.

    "I ended it (the regular season) the way I wanted to," said Redman.

    Braden Looper, who has struggled of late and lost his closer position to Ugueth Urbina, pitched a scoreless ninth for the Marlins.

    The Marlins made it 2-all in the fifth when second baseman Danny Garcia bobbled a two-out, bases-loaded grounder by Mike Mordecai, allowing a run to score.

    Mike Redmond doubled in the fourth and scored on Miguel Cabrera's single, pulling Florida to 2-1.

    In the third inning, a throwing error by shortstop Mordecai allowed Roger Cedeno to reach first. Cedeno later scored on a double by Ty Wigginton to make it 2-0.

    The Mets took advantage of a Marlins miscue to open a 1-0 lead in the first.

    With Cedeno on third and McEwing at first with no outs, Phillips hit a weak grounder to the pitcher. Redman fielded the ball and Cedeno was hung up between third and home.

    Redman chased Cedeno back toward third, but his soft throw to Cabrera hit Cedeno in the back and rolled into right field. Cedeno scored when Wigginton hit into a double play.

    "That was my first error of the season and I deserved it," said Redman. "Oh, well. Better to get it out of the way now."

    Game notes

    McKeon said Dontrelle Willis will likely pitch five or six innings in the regular season finale on Sunday. ... Cabrera and Juan Pierre were the only two regulars in the Marlins' starting lineup. Pierre was offered the day off by McKeon but insisted on playing. ... The Marlins entered the game with a franchise-best fielding percentage of .987. ... The Mets won't have to play the Giants in a makeup game on Monday. The Giants decided to forego the game at Shea Stadium even if could affect home-field advantage against the Braves in the NLCS. "I'm sure a lot of guys breathed a sigh of relief," Howe said.

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