Mets beat Marlins behind Trachsel, Wright

NEW YORK (AP) -- When Steve Trachsel went looking for information
about the young Florida Marlins, there wasn't much available on a
team that has 11 rookies.

So the New York Mets' right-hander relied on pitching basics
Friday night and the strategy paid off in a 9-3 victory.

"You mix it up a little," Trachsel said after limiting the
Marlins to three hits over six innings. "You look at video, you
look for information but there's not a whole lot out there. They're
pretty aggressive."

Thus, Trachsel used some old-fashioned pitching guile, and it
worked out just fine.

"I wanted to make good pitches, hit my spots, set guys up," he

He stuck to that plan even after the Marlins put the first two
batters on base in the first inning.

"I didn't change anything," he said. "If you make good
pitches, hit your spots, the defense should get you out of it."

The Mets did just that, and the missed opportunity hurt the

"We had a chance," manager Joe Girardi said. "Trax did his

Not only on the mound.

Trachsel (1-0) also hit an RBI double in the fourth inning, the
10,000th double in Mets history. That helped build a 4-1 lead that
kept on growing as David Wright and Jose Reyes homered. Wright
drove in three runs and Reyes had three hits. Carlos Beltran drove
in a run and scored another.

"We have such a versatile lineup," Wright said. "We've got
speed and power and that produces good at-bats. Everybody in the
lineup sees better pitches. Up and down the lineup, we help each
other out."

After Trachsel worked his way out of the first-inning jam, he
helped his own cause with the milestone double in the fourth. It
came in the 7,000th game in franchise history.

He struck out six, walked one and gave up only a solo homer to
Mike Jacobs.

The Mets jumped in front in the first against Jason Vargas

Reyes opened with a double and moved to third on a sacrifice by
Paul Lo Duca. Beltran singled up the middle, scoring Reyes. After
Carlos Delgado was hit by a pitch, Beltran stole third and scored
on Wright's sacrifice fly. Center fielder Eric Reed ran down
Wright's drive and saved an extra-base hit with a diving catch.

Jacobs, who hit 11 home runs in 100 at-bats as a Mets rookie
last season, connected against Trachsel for his second homer of the
season leading off the fourth. Jacobs added a two-run single in the
eighth, but Jeremy Hermida was thrown out at third on the play to
end the inning.

The Mets added two runs in the fourth.

Xavier Nady opened with his second hit, moved up on an infield
out and scored when Trachsel doubled into the left-field corner.
Trachsel came home on a single by Reyes, making it 4-1. Reyes stole
second and, after Beltran was walked intentionally, Vargas struck
out Delgado, ending the inning.

"I don't know if I couldn't get a rhythm," Vargas said. "But
if I did get a rhythm, I couldn't put them away. Anytime you are
behind in the count, you are working uphill."

In the fifth, Wright opened with a shot into the left-field
bleachers that traveled an estimated 470 feet.

An inning later, New York was back for more against reliever
Todd Wellemeyer when Lo Duca was hit by a pitch and scored on a
two-out double by Delgado. Wright followed with an RBI single,
making it 7-1.

Reyes hit his first home run of the season, a two-run shot in
the seventh.

Game notes
Marlins rookie leadoff man Hanley Ramirez stretched his
streak of opening games by reaching base with a first-inning
single. He has led off four games with three singles and a walk. ..
Trachsel threw 98 pitches, 63 for strikes. ... Trachsel retired the
last nine batters he faced after Jacobs' homer.