Series: Game 1 of 2

NY Mets leads 1-0 (as of 4/7)

Game 1: Friday, April 7
NY Mets9
Game 2: Saturday, April 8
NY Mets
Game 2: Sunday, April 9
NY Mets3

Marlins 3

(1-3, 1-3 away)

Mets 9

(3-1, 3-1 home)

    7:10 PM ET, April 7, 2006

    Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York 

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    W: S. Trachsel (1-0)

    L: J. Vargas (0-1)

    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 said.

    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 Marlins.

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

    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 (0-1).

    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.

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