Miami (30-24) at New York (27-26)

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  • Game info: 7:10 pm EDT Fri Jun 4, 2004
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It’s been more than two years since the New York Mets were two games over the .500 mark.

New York will look to achieve that mark—and earn a season-high fifth straight win—as it faces the Florida Marlins in the second of a four-game set at Shea Stadium.

The Mets were 55-53 on Aug. 3, 2002, and have failed to reach that mark since.

Now, having won four straight games after a 4-1 win over the Marlins on Thursday, the Mets are hoping to continue their winning ways that have them within 2 1/2 games of first place in the NL East.

Ty Wigginton and Mike Cameron had a pair of RBIs in Thursday’s win, signs that the latter is coming out of what has been almost a season-long slump.

Cameron now has four RBIs in his last four games, after driving in just one in his previous 17 games.

“I’m working on getting more of a feel at the plate, more so than my swing.” said Cameron, who has a torn tendon in the finger of his right hand, suffered in a May 4 game against San Francisco. “The tendon trouble hurt, especially when I gripped the bat. I am swinging with a lot more ease.”

Florida has lost four straight since sweeping New York last weekend, and is hoping Carl Pavano can help the team end its losing skid.

In his last start, Pavano held the Mets to just two runs and six hits over seven innings, but didn’t figure in the Marlins’ 3-2, 10-inning win on Saturday.

It was the fourth time in his last five starts that Pavano has limited the opposition to three earned runs or fewer, yet he has won only twice during that span.

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Starting Pitchers

C. Pavano Min vs. S. Trachsel Bal
18-8 Record 12-13
3.00 ERA 4.00
139 K 117
49 BB 83
1.17 WHIP 1.41