Series: Game 4 of 4

New York won 3-1

Game 1: Monday, September 2
Florida Postponed
New York
Game 1: Tuesday, September 3
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in 12
New York 2
Game 2: Tuesday, September 3
Florida 5Final
New York 11
Game 3: Wednesday, September 4
Florida 3Final
New York 11
Game 4: Thursday, September 5
Florida 1Final
New York 4

Marlins 1

(68-71, 26-42 away)

Mets 4

(64-74, 33-38 home)

    7:10 PM ET, September 5, 2002

    Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York 

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    W: S. Trachsel (9-10)

    L: B. Penny (6-5)

    S: A. Benitez (30)

    On special night, Mets defeat Marlins at home

    NEW YORK -- Steve Trachsel has repeatedly given the New York Mets opportunities to win and wasn't about to change his approach.

    Steve Trachsel

    His patience paid off Thursday night.

    Trachsel allowed a run in seven sharp innings as the New York Mets beat the Florida Marlins 4-1.

    Jeromy Burnitz and Ty Wigginton hit back-to-back homers for the Mets, who have won three in a row since setting an NL record by losing 15 straight home games.

    "He has been our most consistent pitcher,'' Mets manager Bobby Valentine said. "He had a great split and a good fastball.''

    Playing their final home game before Sept. 11, the Mets held a pregame "Night of Remembrance'' to honor the rescue and recovery workers who tirelessly labored at the World Trade Center site after the terrorist attacks.

    New York Gov. George Pataki addressed the crowd during the 20-minute ceremony. Between innings, the Mets showed brief interviews with the honorees and manager Bobby Valentine and John Franco, and clips of the cleanup effort. Each clip received a rousing ovation from the Shea Stadium crowd of 31,211.

    "Once you get between the lines you compete, but the ceremonies were tremendous,'' Marlins left fielder Kevin Millar said. "To see the stories brings you back -- it's a reality check.''

    Mets fans continued their recent trend of prodding the plodding Trachsel to "Throw the ball!'' in the first inning, but cheered him as he got his final out of the night, a comebacker with runners on first and second to end the seventh.

    Trachsel (9-10) got 13 groundball outs to win for the first time in five starts despite allowing just seven earned runs over 28 innings. He hasn't allowed more than three earned runs in any of his last nine starts but is 3-3.

    He gave up a run in eight innings of a 1-0 loss to Philadelphia last Saturday.

    Thursday night, he scattered six hits while walking three and striking out four.

    "The governor came in (to the clubhouse) and said 'Are you ready to go?''' Trachsel said. I said 'I'll be locked in.''

    Trachsel had runners on base in six of his seven innings but managed to get out of each jam unscathed.

    "Part of my success is making quality pitches from the stretch,'' he said.

    Armando Benitez pitched the ninth for his 30th save, his first at home since July 28.

    With one out in the second, Burnitz hit his 14th homer and Wigginton followed with his fourth off Brad Penny (6-5).

    It was the seventh time this season the Mets hit back-to-back homers. Burnitz and Edgardo Alfonzo did it Wednesday night.

    Burnitz hadn't homered in consecutive games since April 12-13 against Montreal.

    "He's had good swings in his last two games,'' Valentine said.

    The Mets made it 3-0 in the third when Roger Cedeno led off with a double and scored on Mo Vaughn's single.

    Penny gave up five hits and did not walk a batter in six innings. He struck out seven.

    "You've got to credit them,'' Florida manager Jeff Torborg said. "The two curveballs they hit for home runs were good pitches.''

    Millar hit his 15th homer in the fourth to cut the Mets' lead to 3-1. He has hit safely in 11 games.

    Mets added a run in the eighth on Raul Gonzalez's run-scoring double off Vladimir Nunez.

    Game notes

    Preston Wilson, who has 18 homers and 44 RBI against New York for his career, did not play because he had flulike symptoms. ... Wigginton had a pinch-hit home run on Wednesday night. ... Derrek Lee went 0-for-1 with three walks to end his 12-game hitting streak. ... Alfonzo left after the sixth inning with a sore right biceps muscle. He is day to day. ... Roberto Alomar had an MRI before the game and was told that he had bursitis of his left knee. He is also day to day.

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