Marlins 3

(9-19, 6-10 away)

Mets 2

(15-9, 9-3 home)

    1:10 PM ET, March 30, 2005

    Tradition Field, Port St. Lucie, Florida 

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    Florida 3, New York 2

    PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) -- Ismael Valdez pitched six strong innings and Alex Gonzalez hit a three-run homer in the eighth, sending the Florida Marlins over the New York Mets 3-2 on Wednesday.

    Valdez, Florida's No. 5 starter, entered with a 9.26 ERA this spring. But he gave up just one hit through the first five innings before New York scored in the sixth on Jose Reyes' double and Kaz Matsui's RBI single.

    Gonzalez, who led NL shortstops with 23 homers last season, connected off reliever Jose Santiago.

    Jim Mecir got the win. Nate Bump earned his first save despite giving up an RBI double to Victor Diaz in the ninth.

    Mets right-hander Matt Ginter, fighting for a spot in the bullpen, allowed one hit in three scoreless innings.

    "I was very pleased with the way he pitched," pitching coach Rick Peterson said. "He made quality pitches. He made some big pitches against (Carlos) Delgado."

    Ginter has thrown 14 innings without giving up an earned run this spring.

    Game notes

    The Mets came in leading NL teams with 34 stolen bases this spring. ... The Mets employed an exaggerated shift against Delgado, who hit a groundball double down the left-field line and a single to left.

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