Martinez pitched five-hit ball for eight innings and struck out
10, and Cliff Floyd had a run-scoring double to help the New York
Mets beat the Florida Marlins 1-0 on Friday.
"It's not only the weather, it's also being healthy," Martinez
said. "I actually pitch the same way all the time -- I'm going to
give you whatever I have. Today was a day where I felt I had
frequent power. Not so much command with all three pitches, but
Martinez (5-1) received a cortisone shot in his sore right hip
May 17 and had his next start pushed back two days. But he looked
strong in the 86-degree Florida evening.
He reached double-digit strikeouts for the third time in 10
starts this season and walked none. He lasted more than seven
innings for the second time with New York -- he pitched a complete
game April 10 at Atlanta.
Martinez now has 102 double-digit strikeout games. He ranks
fourth in major league history behind Nolan Ryan (215), Randy
Johnson (204) and Roger Clemens (109).
"That's why you go out and get a guy like Pedro -- he shut a
good offense down," said Braden Looper, who pitched a perfect
ninth for his 11th save, completing the Mets' fourth shutout.
It was New York's second 1-0 win this season, having beaten
Houston in 11 innings on April 13.
Brian Moehler (2-2) nearly matched Martinez for eight innings.
He retired his first 11 batters before Mike Cameron lined a two-out
double to left in the fourth. Floyd followed by pulling a 1-0 pitch
down the right-field line for an RBI double.
"All it takes for Pedro is one run, he proved that tonight,"
Moehler said. "You have to be on your game, he rarely has an off
night. I knew I was going to have to be sharp."
Moehler gave up four hits and was in trouble in just one other
inning, the seventh, when Cameron doubled leading off and advanced
to third on Floyd's grounder. He was stranded after Mike Piazza
grounded to third and David Wright flied out to right.
Moehler struck out six without walking a batter as the Marlins
equaled a season high with their third consecutive loss. Florida
was swept May 13-15 at San Diego.
Florida's best chance to score was in the seventh. Carlos
Delgado led off with a double down the right-field line. He took
third on Miguel Cabrera's fly out to right but was stranded when
Juan Encarnacion and Mike Lowell both struck out.
Encarnacion was ejected by home plate umpire Mark Wegner walking
back to the Marlins dugout after the called third strike.
"He had his curveball working pretty well, and it was backing
up periodically," manager Willie Randolph said. "That's a tough
pitch to hit when you're looking for it to go away."
Martinez was forced to add a sleeve to his left arm in the
second inning when Marlins manager Jack McKeon argued the Mets
right-hander had an uneven-sleeved shirt.
"There were six Mets out there with sleeves longer or
shorter," said McKeon, who held the baseball rule book. "It
should be uniform for everybody."
In the fifth, Florida's Mike Lowell led off by singling hard
down the left-field line but was thrown out trying to stretch the
hit into a double. Floyd fielded the ball cleanly and made a strong
threw to second baseman Miguel Cairo, who applied the tag.
"The way I've been swinging the bat, I'll take the RBI," said
Floyd, who's hitting .150 (3-for-20) on the road trip. "But this
game is about defense and pitching."
The Marlins are scheduled to face left-handed starters in
five of their next six games. Florida is 7-4 against lefty
starters. ... Florida SS Alex Gonzalez had an 11-game hitting
streak snapped. ... Cameron is hitting .563 (9-for-16) on the road
trip. ... New York is 5-2 vs. Florida this season. ... Moehler had
his longest outing since April 5, 2001, when he went eight innings
for Detroit against Minnesota.