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Redding provides boost as Mets rout Marlins, end five-game slide

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MIAMI -- Some 1,100 miles from Queens, a group of youngsters skipped school Thursday to sit in 90-degree heat and chant, "Let's go Mets!"

Not everyone has given up on New York's beleaguered baseball team. The Mets rewarded the faithful, matching a season high with 17 hits and beating Florida 10-3 to snap a five-game losing streak.

Tim Redding pitched 6 2/3 innings to give New York's injury-ravaged staff a boost. Fernando Tatis and Angel Pagan homered, and the Mets scored nine runs with two out.

"We were able to put everything together today," Redding said.

The inspired performance came on a sweltering afternoon before less than 5,000 spectators, some cheering for the visitors. Redding shrugged off all the empty seats.

"This stadium has been empty for years," he said. "It's just sad. But it's 90 to 100 degrees here every day from the middle of May to the beginning of October. I wouldn't want to be out there sitting in the stands roasting, either."

Making his second start since July 2, Redding (2-4) allowed three runs -- all on leadoff homers -- and five hits.

"When you get good pitching and the guy is throwing strikes, it makes it a lot easier," Mets manager Jerry Manuel said. "As long as the tempo is right, the dog days don't seem as bad."

These days are especially rough for the Mets, who have 13 players on a rapidly expanding disabled list. They lost three pitchers, including ace Johan Santana, to season-ending injuries in the first two days of the series.

Redding said he took the mound trying not to think about the ravaged roster.

"You wish the guys were here," he said. "You wish they were all healthy. You can't go out there and worry about trying to fill somebody else's shoes, trying to pitch like Santana, trying to pitch a shutout."

Redding's shutout lasted one batter. Chris Coghlan led off the Marlins' first inning with a home run and went deep again in the sixth. Dan Uggla hit his 23rd homer to start the seventh, but that still left Florida trailing 8-3.

"That's better than three three-run home runs," Redding said.

The Mets' patchwork lineup more than compensated, with some help. Florida fielding lapses led to five runs.

Tatis connected in the eighth to finish 6 for 13 in the series. Wilson Valdez reached base four times, scored twice and drove in a run. Daniel Murphy doubled twice and drove in three runs.

"We really were locked in at the plate," Murphy said. "It's one of those things that is so contagious. It just starts rolling, and everybody starts putting together really good at-bats, and all of a sudden those good at-bats are with runners in scoring position with two out, and those are backbreakers."

The Marlins' Anibal Sanchez (2-5) lasted only 3 2/3 innings in his second start since recovering from a shoulder strain that put him on the disabled list. He said his shoulder felt fine, but he allowed four runs, two earned, and eight hits.

"I didn't have too much command my first couple of innings," Sanchez said. "I was behind in the count on everything."

The Mets scored two unearned runs in the second thanks to an error by first baseman Ross Gload, and added three in the fifth after center fielder Cody Ross hesitated when he had a chance to throw out a runner at third.

The Mets trailed 1-0 before scoring three times in the second. Anderson Hernandez doubled in the first run, and another came home when Gload misplayed a sharp grounder by Valdez. Murphy followed with an RBI double.

"Sometimes those errors it's just the way the pace of the game was going," Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "Eighty pitches at three innings kind of puts you in a lull."

Valdez reached on a bunt single in the fourth, advanced on an error and scored on Jeff Francoeur's two-out single.

New York scored four runs in the fifth -- all with two out -- to make it 8-1. Valdez hit an RBI single, Murphy doubled home two runs and Francoeur added a run-scoring single.

Notes

Mets LHP Pat Misch will make his first start of the season Friday against the Cubs. ... Manuel gave 2B Luis Castillo and LF Gary Sheffield the day off. Sheffield is nursing a sore back. ... Marlins C John Baker (back) took the day off. ... Before his homer, Uggla was 1 for 14 lifetime with eight strikeouts against Redding. ... Mets RHP Brian Stokes pitched the ninth to extend his streak to 12 2/3 scoreless innings, a career best.

 
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Players of the Game
Florida

C. Coghlan
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 2
RBI 2
New York

A. Pagan
AB 4
R 3
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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New York Mets
Angel Pagan, CF4321210 .290
Wilson Valdez, SS5221100 .237
Daniel Murphy, 1B5123023 .262
Jeff Francoeur, RF5022014 .269
Cory Sullivan, LF5020013 .284
Fernando Tatis, 3B5221013 .256
Omir Santos, C5020001 .267
Anderson Hernandez, 2B4231101 .254
Tim Redding, P3000005 .053
    Elmer Dessens, P0000000 .000
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
    Sean Green, P0000000 .000
   a- Nick Evans, PH1000001 .234
    Brian Stokes, P0000000 .000
Totals421017946  
a-grounded into a double play for Green in the 9th
Batting
2B - Daniel Murphy 2 (28, Sanchez, Cr. Martinez), Omir Santos 2 (12, Cr. Martinez, Cr. Martinez), Anderson Hernandez (13, Sanchez)
HR - Angel Pagan (6, Pinto), Fernando Tatis (7, Calero)
SH - Tim Redding (2)
RBI - Angel Pagan (26), Wilson Valdez (4), Daniel Murphy 3 (45), Jeff Francoeur 2 (61), Fernando Tatis (35), Anderson Hernandez (29)
2-OUT RBI - Angel Pagan (7), Wilson Valdez (3), Daniel Murphy 3 (16), Jeff Francoeur 2 (30), Fernando Tatis (4)
SB - Cory Sullivan (5, 2nd base off Sanchez/Paulino)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Valdez-A. Hernandez-Murphy, Valdez-A. Hernandez-Murphy, Tatis-A. Hernandez-Murphy
New York Mets
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Elmer Dessens 0.1000000 2.78
Pedro Feliciano0200000 3.10
Sean Green 1000000 5.02
Brian Stokes 1100100 2.72
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Redding 95-56, Elmer Dessens 2-1, Pedro Feliciano 4-4, Sean Green 10-6, Brian Stokes 16-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Redding 6-8, Sean Green 1-1, Brian Stokes 1-1
Batters Faced - Tim Redding 26, Elmer Dessens 1, Pedro Feliciano 2, Sean Green 2, Brian Stokes 4
Florida Marlins
Chris Coghlan, LF4232010 .293
Ross Gload, 1B4010000 .254
Hanley Ramirez, SS4010001 .364
    Renyel Pinto, P0000000 .000
Jorge Cantu, 3B4000002 .276
Dan Uggla, 2B3111110 .242
Cody Ross, CF3000101 .269
Jeremy Hermida, RF4020011 .267
Ronny Paulino, C3000113 .270
Anibal Sanchez, P1000010 .000
    Cristhian Martinez, P1000001 .000
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    Kiko Calero, P0000000 .000
    Emilio Bonifacio, SS0000000 .256
Totals3238335  
a-popped out for Cr. Martinez in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jeremy Hermida (14, Redding)
HR - Chris Coghlan 2 (9, Redding, Redding), Dan Uggla (23, Redding)
RBI - Chris Coghlan 2 (36), Dan Uggla (67)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Cantu-Uggla-Gload
E - Ross Gload (2, Misplayed grounder), Anibal Sanchez (2, Throwing)
Florida Marlins
Anibal Sanchez (L,2-5) 3.2842320 4.96
Cristhian Martinez 3.1644120 5.71
Kiko Calero 1111021 2.30
Renyel Pinto 1211001 3.00
IBB - A. Hernandez by Anibal Sanchez, Pagan by Cristhian Martinez
Pitches-Strikes - Anibal Sanchez 82-48, Cristhian Martinez 50-29, Kiko Calero 15-10, Renyel Pinto 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Anibal Sanchez 5-5, Cristhian Martinez 5-2, Renyel Pinto 2-0
Batters Faced - Anibal Sanchez 23, Cristhian Martinez 16, Kiko Calero 4, Renyel Pinto 4
Game Information
Attendance - 12423
Game Time - 2:44
Temperature - 90
Umpires - Home - Marvin Hudson, First Base - Angel Hernandez, Second Base - Lance Barksdale, Third Base - Mike Reilly