Final

Series: Game 2 of 4

NY Mets leads 2-0 (as of 5/27)

Game 1: Thursday, May 26
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Game 2: Friday, May 27
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Game 3: Saturday, May 28
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Game 4: Sunday, May 29
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Mets 1

(25-24, 9-15 away)

Marlins 0

(26-19, 17-11 home)

7:35 PM ET, May 27, 2005

Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Florida 

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W: P. Martinez (5-1)

L: B. Moehler (2-2)

S: B. Looper (11)

Pedro K's at least 10 for 102nd time

MIAMI (AP) -- His hip healed, Pedro Martinez dominated the Florida Marlins.

Martinez pitched five-hit ball for eight innings and struck out 10, and Cliff Floyd had a run-scoring double to help the New York Mets beat the Florida Marlins 1-0 on Friday.

"It's not only the weather, it's also being healthy," Martinez said. "I actually pitch the same way all the time -- I'm going to give you whatever I have. Today was a day where I felt I had frequent power. Not so much command with all three pitches, but power."

Martinez (5-1) received a cortisone shot in his sore right hip May 17 and had his next start pushed back two days. But he looked strong in the 86-degree Florida evening.

He reached double-digit strikeouts for the third time in 10 starts this season and walked none. He lasted more than seven innings for the second time with New York -- he pitched a complete game April 10 at Atlanta.

Martinez now has 102 double-digit strikeout games. He ranks fourth in major league history behind Nolan Ryan (215), Randy Johnson (204) and Roger Clemens (109).

"That's why you go out and get a guy like Pedro -- he shut a good offense down," said Braden Looper, who pitched a perfect ninth for his 11th save, completing the Mets' fourth shutout.

It was New York's second 1-0 win this season, having beaten Houston in 11 innings on April 13.

Brian Moehler (2-2) nearly matched Martinez for eight innings. He retired his first 11 batters before Mike Cameron lined a two-out double to left in the fourth. Floyd followed by pulling a 1-0 pitch down the right-field line for an RBI double.

"All it takes for Pedro is one run, he proved that tonight," Moehler said. "You have to be on your game, he rarely has an off night. I knew I was going to have to be sharp."

Moehler gave up four hits and was in trouble in just one other inning, the seventh, when Cameron doubled leading off and advanced to third on Floyd's grounder. He was stranded after Mike Piazza grounded to third and David Wright flied out to right.

Moehler struck out six without walking a batter as the Marlins equaled a season high with their third consecutive loss. Florida was swept May 13-15 at San Diego.

Florida's best chance to score was in the seventh. Carlos Delgado led off with a double down the right-field line. He took third on Miguel Cabrera's fly out to right but was stranded when Juan Encarnacion and Mike Lowell both struck out.

Encarnacion was ejected by home plate umpire Mark Wegner walking back to the Marlins dugout after the called third strike.

"He had his curveball working pretty well, and it was backing up periodically," manager Willie Randolph said. "That's a tough pitch to hit when you're looking for it to go away."

Martinez was forced to add a sleeve to his left arm in the second inning when Marlins manager Jack McKeon argued the Mets right-hander had an uneven-sleeved shirt.

"There were six Mets out there with sleeves longer or shorter," said McKeon, who held the baseball rule book. "It should be uniform for everybody."

In the fifth, Florida's Mike Lowell led off by singling hard down the left-field line but was thrown out trying to stretch the hit into a double. Floyd fielded the ball cleanly and made a strong threw to second baseman Miguel Cairo, who applied the tag.

"The way I've been swinging the bat, I'll take the RBI," said Floyd, who's hitting .150 (3-for-20) on the road trip. "But this game is about defense and pitching."

Game notes


The Marlins are scheduled to face left-handed starters in five of their next six games. Florida is 7-4 against lefty starters. ... Florida SS Alex Gonzalez had an 11-game hitting streak snapped. ... Cameron is hitting .563 (9-for-16) on the road trip. ... New York is 5-2 vs. Florida this season. ... Moehler had his longest outing since April 5, 2001, when he went eight innings for Detroit against Minnesota.

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