Marlins on longest win streak since '97

MIAMI (AP) -- A four-day layoff failed to cool off the Florida
Marlins, who eagerly resumed their late-season surge Tuesday night.

Idle last weekend because of Hurricane Frances, the Marlins
looked rested rather than rusty and extended their longest winning
streak since 1997 to eight games by beating the New York Mets 7-3.

A.J. Burnett allowed two hits in 6 1/3 innings and Miguel
Cabrera hit a tape-measure homer for the Marlins, who climbed nine
games above .500 for the first time since May.

"It's a blast," Burnett said. "Hopefully we'll take 15 in a

New York allowed two unearned runs, totaled three hits and lost
its 10th straight game.

The winning streak by the defending World Series champions has
put them back in the playoff race. With the Chicago Cubs losing to
Montreal, the Marlins are now just two games back for the NL wild

"I don't want to go home. After Oct. 28 I'll go home," Cabrera
said. "It's like we played last year. We're playing as a team. Now
nobody can stop us."

Frances washed out a big weekend series against the Cubs and
left the Marlins with 30 games to play in the final 27 days of the
regular season.

"We kind of had a second All-Star break," Burnett said. "It
rejuvenated us."

Florida built a 5-0 lead against Tom Glavine (9-12), who lasted
just five innings. He has lost five consecutive decisions against
the Marlins, and he's 2-5 since the All-Star break.

Burnett (6-6), pitching on eight days' rest, walked five and hit
one but still beat the Mets for the first time in his career after
five losses. Throwing at up to 99 mph, he allowed three runs,
including one in the sixth when he walked three batters and hit

Closer Armando Benitez needed just five pitches in a perfect
ninth. Opponents are hitless in their past 33 at-bats against him.

Juan Pierre led off the Florida first with a double to extend
his hitting streak to 14 games. He later scored on Cabrera's
sacrifice fly.

Cabrera made it 3-0 in the third with a two-run homer estimated
at 471 feet that easily cleared the scoreboard. The homer, his 28th
of the year, was the longest at Pro Player Stadium this season and
the fourth-longest by the Marlins at their ballpark.

"It felt good when I hit it," Cabrera said. "But it just
counts as one home run."

Alex Gonzalez barely missed a home run in the sixth when his
long drive hooked foul. He hit the next pitch for his 19th homer.

The Marlins' winning streak is their longest since May 11-20,
1997 -- the year they won their first World Series title. They've
won nine in a row against the Mets and lead the season series 14-3.

"It's not like we're losing to a Little League team out
there," New York catcher Vance Wilson said. "That's the team that
won a World Series title last year. Maybe we should strive more to
be like them."

The only hit off Burnett through six innings was Danny Garcia's
single leading off the fourth. The right-hander needed 29 pitches
to get through the sixth, when the Mets scored on David Wright's
sacrifice fly. Richard Hidalgo struck out looking with the bases
loaded to end the inning.

"I felt strong, but I had a lapse toward the end," Burnett
said. "Then I had no idea where the ball was going. I got out of
the groove and never found it."

In the seventh, Mike Piazza led off with a single, and Vance
Wilson walked with one out to end Burnett's night. Wilson Delgado
hit an RBI double off Rudy Seanez, and another run scored on Eric
Valent's groundout.

Florida made it 6-3 in the seventh when Cameron dropped a fly in
deep center, allowing Juan Encarnacion to score from second.

"It didn't go in my glove the way it's supposed to," Cameron

The Marlins also scored an unearned run in the fourth, when
second baseman Garcia made an errant throw trying to turn a double

"If you look at the way we're playing, it's why we're sitting
here having lost 10 in a row," Glavine said.

Game notes
1B Piazza said he aggravated his sore left knee when he
went down to field a lineout in the sixth inning, but he stayed in
the game. ... Glavine fell to 6-13 lifetime in Miami with an ERA of
4.51. ... The Marlins will try to match the longest winning streak
in franchise history Wednesday. They won nine in a row May 6-14,
1996. ... With his single in the seventh, Piazza improved to
4-for-29 (.138) against Burnett.