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McKeon gets win No. 1,000 as Marlins rally past Mets

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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MIAMI -- Jack McKeon added a twist to his postgame ritual Saturday night, sipping champagne to go with his customary cigar.

There was plenty to celebrate. Miguel Cabrera hit a three-run double with two outs in the seventh inning to cap a comeback by the Florida Marlins, who beat the New York Mets 5-4 to give McKeon his 1,000th major-league win.

"It didn't really hit me until the guys started congratulating me," McKeon said. "Certainly it's something you're going to remember, the way the guys came back."

The Marlins escaped in the ninth, when Todd Jones gave up two singles before retiring Carlos Beltran on a game-ending grounder. They also overcame a shaky showing by Josh Beckett, who needed 98 pitches to get through five innings before departing for a pinch-hitter.

Carlos Delgado hit a two-run homer for Florida, his 27th. New York's Cliff Floyd hit a two-run homer, his first since Aug. 16 and his 28th this year, but barely missed catching Cabrera's liner.

McKeon (1,000-924) became the 52nd manager to reach the 1,000-win milestone, and he's the seventh active manager to do it. He began his managerial career in the minors 50 years ago and has also won 1,146 minor-league games.

"To be able to hand him the ball after the game is special," said Jones, a 13-year pro. "A thousand wins is a lot for a manager. If you put all of the managers I've played for together, I don't think they had 1,000 wins."

Jones earned his 34th save in 36 chances. He has converted 24 in a row for the Marlins, who began the night 1½ games behind NL wild-card leader Philadelphia.

The Mets, 3½ games behind the Phillies, fell to 0-2 on a 10-game trip that could prove pivotal.

"No matter how bleak things look, in this clubhouse we're going to stay positive and keep playing," manager Willie Randolph said. "Things can change around."

They changed around in the seventh inning, when the Mets' Kris Benson took a 4-2 lead to the mound but departed with one out after Mike Lowell and pinch-hitter Lenny Harris singled.

Juan Padilla (1-1) walked Luis Castillo, loading the bases with two outs. Mets newcomer Shingo Takatsu came on to face Cabrera, who hit a line drive that eluded a retreating Floyd in left field and bounced off the wall.

"He almost got it, but I got it over him," Cabrera said.

"It went over my head," Floyd said. "I'm 6-4, so you needed Shaq out there."

Takatsu, recalled Thursday from Triple-A Norfolk, was making his Mets debut.

"Obviously, when you pitch for the first time for any organization, you want to leave happy," the Japanese sidewinder said through a translator. "I feel that I let the team down. I'm disappointed about that."

Ron Villone (1-2) pitched a perfect seventh for the win.

New York's Ramon Castro batted with the potential tying run at second and two outs in the eighth. He swung at strike three and then failed to run when the ball rolled away from catcher Paul Lo Duca, who tagged him out.

The start was delayed 27 minutes by rain, and a crowd of 37,336 -- the largest for a Marlins home game since opening day -- sat through light rain much of the night.

New York went ahead 2-0 in the fourth. Beltran led off with a double and Floyd, after hitting three balls to the warning track the past two nights, followed with an opposite-field homer.

Benson retired his first 11 batters before Cabrera caught a break and reached on a two-out double. Right fielder Victor Diaz lost the routine fly in the lights, then barely missed making a diving catch.

Delgado followed with a homer for a 2-all tie.

The Mets scored an unearned run in the fifth without a hit to regain the lead. Jose Reyes walked, stole second, went to third on Lo Duca's wild throw and came home on Miguel Cairo's sacrifice fly.

Diaz had a two-out RBI single for the Mets against Antonio Alfonseca in the sixth.

Notes

  • The Marlins activated RHP Jim Mecir, sidelined since Aug. 8 with right shoulder tendinitis.
  • Delgado improved to 5-for-9 lifetime against Benson with three home runs.
  • After committing his costly throwing error, Lo Duca later threw out Beltran and David Wright trying to steal second.
  • As a reward for his 1,000th win, McKeon was given a trip to the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas by owner Jeffrey Loria.
 
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Miguel Cabrera congratulates Carlos Delgado after his two-run homer in the fourth.  (AP)
Miguel Cabrera congratulates Carlos Delgado after his two-run homer in the fourth. (AP)

Players of the Game
Florida

M. Cabrera
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
New York

C. Floyd
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS4110110 .277
Miguel Cairo, 2B4011022 .246
Carlos Beltran, CF4110102 .265
Cliff Floyd, LF4112001 .278
David Wright, 3B4020010 .314
Doug Mientkiewicz, 1B4110000 .246
Ramon Castro, C2010211 .266
Victor Diaz, RF4011022 .265
Kris Benson, P2000122 .225
    Juan Padilla, P0000000 .000
    Shingo Takatsu, P0000000 .000
   a- Marlon Anderson, PH1000010 .262
Totals3349451010 
a-struck out for Takatsu in the 9th
Batting
2B - Carlos Beltran (28, Beckett)
HR - Cliff Floyd (28, Beckett)
SF - Miguel Cairo (5)
RBI - Miguel Cairo (15), Cliff Floyd 2 (82), Victor Diaz (30)
2-OUT RBI - Victor Diaz (6)
SB - Jose Reyes (48, 3rd base off Beckett/Lo Duca)
CS - Carlos Beltran (4, 2nd base by Beckett/Lo Duca), David Wright (7, 2nd base by Alfonseca/Lo Duca)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
PB - Ramon Castro (2)
New York Mets
Kris Benson 6.1644211 3.99
Juan Padilla (H,2; L,1-1) 0.1011100 2.25
Shingo Takatsu (BS,2) 1.1100110 5.70
IBB - Delgado by Shingo Takatsu
Pitches-Strikes - Kris Benson 105-65, Juan Padilla 7-2, Shingo Takatsu 24-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kris Benson 7-11
Batters Faced - Kris Benson 27, Juan Padilla 2, Shingo Takatsu 6
Florida Marlins
Juan Pierre, CF4000005 .266
Luis Castillo, 2B3100103 .297
Miguel Cabrera, LF4123010 .329
Carlos Delgado, 1B3122100 .293
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .000
    Todd Jones, P0000000 .500
Juan Encarnacion, RF4000013 .296
Paul Lo Duca, C4000001 .297
Mike Lowell, 3B3110100 .235
Alex Gonzalez, SS4010001 .266
Josh Beckett, P1000000 .118
   a- Jeremy Hermida, PH00001001.000
    Antonio Alfonseca, P0000000 .000
    Ron Villone, P0000000 .000
   b- Lenny Harris, PH1110000 .305
    Jeff Conine, 1B0000000 .307
Totals315754213 
a-walked for Beckett in the 5th
b-singled for Villone in the 7th
Batting
2B - Miguel Cabrera 2 (39, Benson, Takatsu)
HR - Carlos Delgado (27, Benson)
RBI - Miguel Cabrera 3 (97), Carlos Delgado 2 (97)
2-OUT RBI - Miguel Cabrera 3 (34), Carlos Delgado 2 (41)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Paul Lo Duca (8, Wild throw)
Florida Marlins
Josh Beckett 5332471 3.62
Antonio Alfonseca 1311110 4.05
Ron Villone (W,3-5) 1000000 3.23
Guillermo Mota (H,13) 1100010 4.18
Todd Jones (S,34) 1200010 1.17
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Beckett 98-54, Antonio Alfonseca 27-15, Ron Villone 8-5, Guillermo Mota 14-9, Todd Jones 16-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Beckett 2-5, Antonio Alfonseca 1-0, Guillermo Mota 2-0, Todd Jones 2-0
Batters Faced - Josh Beckett 21, Antonio Alfonseca 6, Ron Villone 3, Guillermo Mota 4, Todd Jones 5
Game Information
Attendance - 37336
Game Time - 2:57
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Larry Poncino, First Base - Paul Nauert, Second Base - Mark Wegner, Third Base - Gary Darling