Series: Game 3 of 3

NY Mets won 2-1

Game 1: Tuesday, September 20
in 12
NY Mets3
Game 2: Wednesday, September 21
NY Mets5
Game 3: Thursday, September 22
NY Mets1

Marlins 2

(80-73, 38-40 away)

Mets 1

(75-77, 45-32 home)

7:10 PM ET, September 22, 2005

Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York 

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FLA 001010000 2 8 1
NYM 001000000 1 6 1

W: D. Willis (22-9)

L: P. Martinez (15-8)

S: T. Jones (38)

Martinez opposes Willis in Mets-Marlins finale

Florida (79-73) at NY Mets (75-76), 7:10 pm EDT

FLUSHING, New York (Ticker) -- Pedro Martinez owns three Cy Young Awards, but Dontrelle Willis might be closing in on his first.

The All-Star pitchers square off Thursday when the New York Mets try to complete a three-game sweep of the Florida Marlins.

Willis (21-9, 2.48 ERA) has been one of the best pitchers in baseball this season, but has been especially sensational the last two months. He hasn't allowed more than two runs in any of his last 11 starts, going 8-3 with a 1.23 ERA.

The electrifying lefthander is coming off a bizarre loss to Philadelphia on Saturday in which he carried a three-hitter into the ninth inning before the Phillies pounded him and the bullpen for 10 runs in the frame en route to a 10-2 win.

Willis has dominated the Mets throughout his career, going 7-1 with a 1.93 ERA in 10 starts. He has faced them three times this year, going 2-1 with a 1.16 ERA, including a 4-2 triumph on September 2 in which he allowed two runs - one earned - in 8 1/3 innings.

Meanwhile, Martinez (15-7, 2.80) has allowed three earned runs or fewer in 23 of his 30 starts and has not given up more than five runs in any outing this year.

He has been dominant the last two starts, allowing a total of two runs in 17 innings in consecutive wins vs. St. Louis and Atlanta.

Martinez has faced the Marlins three times this year, posting a 2-0 record with a 1.23 ERA.

Miguel Cairo's RBI single in the ninth inning gave the Mets their fourth win in five outings, a 5-4 triumph over the Marlins, on Wednesday.

The loss moved Florida four games behind Houston in the wild card chase.

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Gameday Matchup

 FloridaNew York
Current StreakW3L1
Last 104-68-2

Pitching Matchup

FloridaNew York
D. Willis
22-10, 2.63 ERA

Last Game:
10/2 at FLA
7.0 IP, 3 ER
Dec = ND
P. Martinez
15-8, 2.82 ERA

Last Game:
9/22 at NYM
5.0 IP, 2 ER
Dec = Loss

Gameday Lineups

NO.FloridaNew York
1. J. Pierre, CF J. Reyes, SS
2. J. Conine, 1B M. Cairo, 2B
3. C. Delgado, 1B C. Beltran, CF
4. J. Encarnacion, RF C. Floyd, LF
5. P. Lo Duca, C D. Wright, 3B
6. M. Lowell, 3B V. Diaz, RF
7. D. Willis, P R. Castro, C
8. J. Dillon, 2B C. Woodward, 1B
9. R. Andino, SS P. Martinez, P