Series: Game 3 of 3

NY Mets won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, April 18
NY Mets6
Game 2: Saturday, April 19
NY Mets5
Game 3: Sunday, April 20
NY Mets7

Marlins 4

(9-11, 4-7 away)

Mets 7

(8-11, 5-4 home)

    1:10 PM ET, April 20, 2003

    Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York 

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    W: T. Glavine (3-1)

    L: V. Nunez (0-3)

    Howe nabs 1,000th career win as manager

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Mo Vaughn heard the boos.

    He had gone 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts and made an error that helped Florida go ahead in the six inning. Then he came to the plate in the seventh after Roger Cedeno's infield hit had put New York ahead.

    Vaughn came through with a two-run single, and the Mets went on to beat the Florida Marlins 7-4 Sunday.

    "I'm here to drive in runs,'' said Vaughn, who leads the weak Mets' offense with 11 RBI. "It was good to get a chance to do that and come through.''

    New York's most productive inning this season helped Art Howe become the fifth active manager with 1,000 wins. Before this year, he had managed Houston and Oakland.

    "It's a nice milestone and I'm proud of that,'' Howe said.

    An error by Vladimir Nunez (0-3) led to the big inning. Florida led 2-0 and 3-2 before losing to the Mets for the second time in three games.

    "We have to play games where we don't beat ourselves,'' Marlins manager Jeff Torborg said.

    Derrek Lee and Alex Gonzalez both homered for the Marlins, who ended a six-game homerless streak.

    "It just proves that homers don't necessarily mean wins,'' Lee said.

    Vance Wilson, starting because Mike Piazza was given the day off, had a tying homer off Nunez to start the big inning.

    New York came in with a league-low .228 average and tied with Pittsburgh for the second fewest runs in the National League.

    But the Mets matched their season high in runs and found a way to keep Armando Benitez off the field -- by taking a four-run lead into the ninth inning. On Saturday, the closer blew his fourth save of the year in a 6-5 loss.

    With the Marlins leading 3-2, Torborg lifted starter Josh Beckett, who allowed three hits and threw 107 pitches in six innings.

    After Wilson's first homer of the year tied the game, the Mets played little ball. Rey Sanchez singled to left and Tom Glavine (3-1) followed with a sacrifice bunt. Glavine reached safely on an error when Nunez fell and wasn't able to make a play.

    Michael Tejera came in and, after Roberto Alomar sacrificed the runners over, Cedeno hit an RBI infield single that went about 30 feet up the first-base line and gave the Mets a 4-3 lead. Ty Wigginton then walked and Vaughn hit a two-run single to center. Tsuyoshi Shinjo added an RBI groundout to make it 7-3.

    Glavine allowed three runs on eight hits in seven innings. David Weathers pitched a perfect eighth and Mike Stanton, in his first appearance since injuring his calf in Puerto Rico on Monday, allowed a solo homer to Gonzalez in the ninth.

    Florida took the 2-0 lead in the fifth. Lee led off with his fourth homer, just the second hit off Glavine. Gonzalez followed with an infield single, was sacrificed to second by Beckett, and scored on Juan Pierre's two-out single.

    New York tied the score in the bottom half on Glavine's RBI groundout and Cedeno's RBI single.

    Game notes

    Mets previous highest-scoring inning was three runs, done six times. ... Beckett walked three and struck out eight. ... Howe is the 49th manager in major league history to manage at least 1,000 wins. ... The Mets took two of three in the series and are 3-3 against the Marlins this season. ... Lee's homer in the fifth inning was the first allowed by Glavine this season and came after 26 homerless innings this season.

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