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N.Y. Mets (32-17) «0004100106100
Florida (23-27)001010011471

Mets finish first three-game sweep at Marlins since '93

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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MIAMI -- Florida manager Fredi Gonzalez often lauded the strength of the New York Mets' lineup over the weekend. To his chagrin, the NL East leaders backed up that praise.

The Mets continued their mastery of left-handers with a four-run fourth Sunday against Florida starter Scott Olsen, helping them beat the Marlins 6-4 and complete a three-game sweep. David Wright had two hits and an RBI and Carlos Beltran scored twice after walks for the Mets, whose division lead grew to a season-high 4½ games over Atlanta.

"We haven't been playing that well, and to come out here and sweep them on their home field ... it's tough to do," said Mets closer Billy Wagner, who worked the ninth for his 12th save and 30th straight dating back to last season, extending the franchise record.

"It was a big series. We were hoping to take two of three, but to get that sweep is just icing on the cake."

Jose Reyes and Damion Easley each added a pair of hits for New York. The Mets, who came into the weekend after losing two out of three in Atlanta, improved to a major-league best 18-7 on the road.

"More than anything, it proves to ourselves that we can rebound after a letdown," Wright said.

Miguel Olivo had two hits, including his third home run, for Florida. Miguel Cabrera added two hits, including an RBI double in the eighth for the Marlins, who could have pulled within 3½ games with a series sweep.

Instead, they left for an 11-game, 10-day road swing 9½ games off the Mets' pace.

"We can get on a roll," Olsen said. "That's not an issue. ... Obviously, you don't want to get too far behind, but we've still got a lot of time. We've got four months. Four months. A lot can happen."

Mets starter Jorge Sosa (4-1) scattered five hits and two runs in 5 2/3 innings for his fourth win in 23 days

Olsen (4-4) breezed through the first 3 1/3 innings, retiring 10 straight after Reyes doubled to start the game. But the Mets -- who entered the game hitting .334 against left-handers, by far the best in baseball -- broke through against Olsen in the fourth. Carlos Delgado, Easley and Endy Chavez all had RBI singles in that inning, and Delgado scored on a throwing error.

"You don't have to hit the ball hard," Olsen said, "and they proved it that inning."

Beltran, a lifetime .429 hitter against Olsen, started that burst with a one-out walk. He drew another pass from Olsen in the fifth, and scored easily when Wright doubled to deep center for a 5-1 Mets lead.

Olsen threw 44 pitches in the fourth, four more than he needed in the first three innings combined. He threw 107 pitches in his five inning, allowing six hits and striking out seven with two wild pitches. Olsen only went five innings, allowing six hits and striking out seven, but lost to the Mets for the first time in six career starts.

"I've seen him pitch better," Gonzalez said. "It was just OK."

Florida opened the scoring in the third, when Reggie Abercrombie led off with a single, stole second and scored on Alfredo Amezaga's sacrifice fly to deep right. The Marlins got within 5-2 in the fifth after Aaron Boone hit a leadoff double and scored when Abercrombie beat out a double play, but the Mets' four-run cushion was restored when 48-year-old Julio Franco hit a pinch-hit RBI single in the eighth.

Olivo's homer came off in the ninth off Wagner, only the fourth earned run yielded by the Mets' closer in 21 appearances.

"It's tough to win down here," Mets manager Willie Randolph said. "We play pretty well down here, but this is the first time we swept them in a while, so it's nice."

Notes

  • Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez didn't start -- a previously scheduled day off -- but came in as a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning and stayed in the game.
  • Mets catcher Paul Lo Duca, who was hit by a pitch Saturday and said his elbow swelled a bit afterward, was given the day off. A horse racing enthusiast, Lo Duca was at nearby Calder Race Course in the morning to watch a 2-year-old filly he owns have a workout.
  • The Mets left the bases loaded in the seventh and eighth innings.
  • Florida has dropped seven straight at home to the Mets.
 
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Jose Reyes swipes his major-league leading 28th base in the first inning.  (AP)
Jose Reyes swipes his major-league leading 28th base in the first inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

D. Wright
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Florida

M. Olivo
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS4020110 .312
Ruben Gotay, 2B3000111 .219
Carlos Beltran, CF2200314 .296
David Wright, 3B4121114 .269
Carlos Delgado, 1B5111024 .234
Damion Easley, LF5121010 .280
Ramon Castro, C3100111 .222
Endy Chavez, RF4011000 .337
Jorge Sosa, P2000021 .200
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
   a- David Newhan, PH1010000 .194
    Joe Smith, P0000000 .000
   b- Julio Franco, PH1011000 .194
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
    Billy Wagner, P0000000 .000
Totals346105710  
a-singled for Feliciano in the 7th
b-singled for Smith in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jose Reyes (14, Olsen), David Wright (11, Olsen)
SH - Ruben Gotay (2)
RBI - David Wright (27), Carlos Delgado (29), Damion Easley (15), Endy Chavez (12), Julio Franco (8)
2-OUT RBI - David Wright (7), Endy Chavez (4), Julio Franco (4)
SB - Jose Reyes (28, 3rd base off Olsen/Olivo), David Wright (10, 3rd base off Olsen/Olivo), Carlos Delgado (2, 2nd base off Olsen/Olivo)
CS - Damion Easley (1, 2nd base by Tankersley/Olivo)
PK - David Wright (1, Gregg)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Gotay-Reyes-Delgado
New York Mets
Jorge Sosa (W,4-1) 5.2522120 3.64
Pedro Feliciano (H,4) 0.1000000 1.02
Joe Smith (H,6) 1000010 1.25
Aaron Heilman 1111100 3.68
Billy Wagner (S,12) 1111021 1.64
Pitches-Strikes - Jorge Sosa 87-57, Pedro Feliciano 6-3, Joe Smith 9-8, Aaron Heilman 20-13, Billy Wagner 21-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jorge Sosa 5-9, Pedro Feliciano 1-0, Joe Smith 2-0, Aaron Heilman 1-2
Batters Faced - Jorge Sosa 22, Pedro Feliciano 1, Joe Smith 3, Aaron Heilman 5, Billy Wagner 4
Florida Marlins
Alfredo Amezaga, SS-CF3011001 .246
Dan Uggla, 2B3100101 .256
Miguel Cabrera, 3B4021002 .311
Josh Willingham, LF4000014 .269
    Kevin Gregg, P0000000 .000
Jeremy Hermida, RF2000010 .244
   a- Hanley Ramirez, PH-SS2000012 .326
Aaron Boone, 1B4110000 .268
Miguel Olivo, C4121000 .243
Reggie Abercrombie, CF-RF4111020 .212
Scott Olsen, P0000000 .333
   b- Joe Borchard, PH1000001 .197
    Justin Miller, P0000000 .000
    Taylor Tankersley, P0000000 .000
   c- Todd Linden, PH-LF0000100 .194
Totals3147425  
a-grounded out for Hermida in the 6th
b-grounded into a double play for Olsen in the 5th
c-walked for Tankersley in the 8th
Batting
2B - Alfredo Amezaga (3, Sosa), Miguel Cabrera (12, Heilman), Aaron Boone (8, Sosa)
HR - Miguel Olivo (3, Wagner)
SF - Alfredo Amezaga (3)
SH - Scott Olsen (4)
RBI - Alfredo Amezaga (12), Miguel Cabrera (34), Miguel Olivo (23), Reggie Abercrombie (4)
2-OUT RBI - Miguel Cabrera (13), Miguel Olivo (6)
SB - Reggie Abercrombie (2, 2nd base off Sosa/Castro)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
PB - Miguel Olivo (6)
E - Dan Uggla (4, Throwing)
Florida Marlins
Scott Olsen (L,4-4) 5655270 5.11
Justin Miller 1.2200110 1.93
Taylor Tankersley 1.1211310 5.17
Kevin Gregg 1000110 2.10
IBB - Beltran by Justin Miller
WP - Scott Olsen 2 (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Olsen 107-66, Justin Miller 20-11, Taylor Tankersley 33-17, Kevin Gregg 14-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Olsen 2-6, Justin Miller 3-1, Taylor Tankersley 2-0
Batters Faced - Scott Olsen 23, Justin Miller 8, Taylor Tankersley 8, Kevin Gregg 3
Game Information
Attendance - 23622
Game Time - 3:03
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Ed Hickox, First Base - C.B. Bucknor, Second Base - Joe West, Third Base - Ed Rapuano