Beckett allows four hits in seven strong innings

MIAMI (AP) -- Carlos Delgado swung, and the opposing pitcher was
as surprised as anyone.

Delgado hit a three-run homer and Josh Beckett allowed four hits
over seven innings as the Florida Marlins beat the New York Mets
6-3 on Sunday.

The Marlins scored five runs in the seventh inning, highlighted
by Delgado's ninth homer, to salvage the final game of the
four-game series and snap a four-game losing streak.

Heath Bell (0-2) replaced Tom Glavine to start the seventh with
the Mets leading 2-1, but he was pulled after giving up consecutive
singles to Luis Castillo and Miguel Cabrera. Delgado hit a 3-0
pitch from Dae-Sung Koo over the right field wall for a 4-2 lead.

Delgado had the green light all the way.

"I like to hit on 3-0," Delgado said. "There's a difference
between being selective and aggressive. I was looking for something
to drive. I didn't want to hit a bad pitch. It was good to come
through and stop the losing streak."

Koo was expecting Delgado to take a pitch.

"I didn't think he was going to swing," Koo said through an
interpreter. "I wanted to get the outside corner but I made the
wrong pitch."

After Mike DeJean relieved Koo, Juan Encarnacion singled and
scored on Alex Gonzalez's one-out double. Matt Treanor singled and
Jeff Conine beat out a potential double-play grounder, allowing
Gonzalez to score for a 6-2 lead.

"Thank God for Carlos," Marlins manager Jack McKeon said.
"You have to let guys like him hit and he's been hitting well
lately. It's good to get this losing streak off our back before we
go on the road."

Beckett (7-3) gave up both runs and struck out five. Todd Jones
pitched the ninth for his eighth save in nine chances.

"I didn't have my best stuff, so I got lucky," Beckett said.
"I had decent location but no velocity. I'd rather be lucky than
good. Going 6-4 on this homestand looks a lot better than 5-5."

Glavine allowed eight hits and one run in six innings. He struck
out four and walked two.

"I was definitely tired, so it was a matter of me going maybe
one more inning or putting in a fresh bullpen," Glavine said.
"When you pitch like that you like to win those games. I'm
disappointed for our team we didn't win but I'll take three out of
four against these guys."

Bell came into the game with a 6 1/3 inning scoreless streak.

"I felt real good when I went out there but now I feel bad I
let the team and Glavine down," Bell said. "The first guy
[Castillo] just chopped it and [Cabrera] hit a pitch away that got
through the hole. I got my groundballs but they didn't get hit at

The Mets took a 1-0 lead in the fifth when Doug Mientkiewicz hit
the first pitch from Beckett into the right field stands for his
seventh homer and first since May 9 at Chicago.

The Marlins tied it at 1 in the bottom half when Juan Pierre
singled to open the inning and moved to second on a single by
Castillo. Delgado took advantage of an infield shift to the right
by poking a groundball between short and third to score Pierre.

Cliff Floyd gave the Mets a 2-1 lead in the sixth with a single,
and drove in the Mets' final run in the eighth with an RBI single
off Guillermo Mota, who started the inning in relief of Beckett.

Game notes
The Mets have 26 home runs in their last 22 games. ... Mets
OF Mike Cameron's first-inning double was his seventh in the last
15 games. Cameron has hit in 13 of his last 15 games. ... Delgado
has 11 RBI during the seven-game homestand. ... Marlins C Paul Lo
Duca, hitless in his last 24 at-bats, is still suffering from
soreness in his left elbow after being hit by a pitch last week and
did not start.