Final

Series: Game 1 of 3

NY Mets leads 1-0 (as of 7/9)

Game 1: Friday, July 9
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Game 2: Saturday, July 10
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Game 3: Sunday, July 11
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Mets 6

(44-41, 20-25 away)

Marlins 3

(43-43, 22-22 home)

    7:35 PM ET, July 9, 2004

    Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Florida 

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    W: D. Wheeler (3-0)

    L: J. Manzanillo (1-2)

    S: B. Looper (18)

    Wigginton shushing trade rumors with his bat

    MIAMI (AP) -- If the New York Mets are thinking about trading Ty Wigginton, they might want to reconsider.

    Wigginton homered and had an RBI double, leading the Mets to a 6-3 victory over the foundering Florida Marlins on Friday night.

    He has five homers and 10 RBI in the last eight games, staying focused despite trade speculation.

    "The whole trade rumor thing doesn't even set in my mind," Wigginton said. "The only thing I can do is go out and play hard. I don't even try to think about it."

    Mike Cameron also homered for the Mets, who scored four runs in the eighth inning to win for the seventh time in nine games and move back into sole possession of second place in the NL East.

    The defending World Series champions have gone the other way, losing seven of nine. The Marlins are .500 (43-43) for the first time since starting the season 1-1.

    "It's been a quick slide," starter A.J. Burnett said. "A lot of these guys wish the All-Star break started now."

    Dan Wheeler (3-0) pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Braden Looper pitched a perfect ninth for his 18th save in 20 chances.

    Wigginton and Cameron hit consecutive homers in the fourth off Burnett, giving the Mets a 2-1 lead.

    "If I don't give up back-to-back jacks, it's a different ballgame," Burnett said.

    The Marlins moved back in front on Hee Seop Choi's two-run homer against his former high school teammate in South Korea, Jae Seo.

    But Wigginton put the Mets ahead for good with a double off Josias Manzanillo (1-2) in the eighth.

    "He's had so many big hits for us lately," Mets manager Art Howe said. "I'm glad he has responded to all the innuendoes and rumors in a positive way."

    The come-from-behind victory spoiled another strong outing by Burnett, who struck out a season-high nine in seven innings. He allowed four hits and two runs. He struck out the side in order in the seventh but gave way to Manzanillo to start the eighth.

    Marlins manager Jack McKeon didn't want to risk another inning with Burnett, who is coming off elbow surgery.

    Jose Reyes singled off Manzanillo to open the eighth, moved to third on Kaz Matsui's double and the Mets tied it at 3 on Richard Hidalgo's groundout.

    After an intentional walk to Cliff Floyd, Wigginton doubled down the left-field line, ending Manzanillo's night. Eric Valent added a two-run single with the bases loaded off Nate Bump.

    Manzanillo allowed three hits and four runs in one-third of an inning.

    "We either can't get the runs and we're behind, or we get the lead and can't hold them," McKeon said.

    Alex Gonzalez had three hits for the Marlins, including his 11th homer. His solo shot in the third gave Florida a 1-0 lead. He also doubled twice but was left stranded both times.

    Seo, who entered 3-1 with a 1.52 career ERA against the Marlins, allowed seven hits and three runs in six innings.

    Choi finished with two hits against Seo, raising his career average against him to .500 (4-for-8).

    Burnett looked as though he'd get his first career victory against the Mets after entering the game 0-5 with a 4.12 ERA against them in 10 starts.

    But the bullpen collapsed, and Florida's scoring woes continued. The Marlins have scored just 21 runs in their last eight games -- 2.6 per game.

    "It'll turn. These things come in cycles," McKeon said. "Who's to say we can't come back? But we need a break or two and we have to make some breaks."

    Game notes


    Hidalgo extended his hitting streak to 12 games. ... Florida's Juan Pierre was caught stealing for the 14th time this season, which leads the majors. ... The Mets have hit back-to-back homers four times this season. ... Former Miami Heat star Alonzo Mourning, who had a kidney transplant in December, threw out the first pitch.

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