New York (7-7) at Miami (8-6)

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  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Wed Apr 20, 2005
  • TV: MSG
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Aaron Heilman pitched the game of his life against the Florida Marlins on Friday.

He’ll try to repeat the feat when the New York Mets open a two-game series with the Marlins.

Heilman, who was supposed to begin the season in the minors, was called up when right-hander Kris Benson went on the disabled list. He delivered in a big way against Florida last weekend at Shea Stadium, pitching a one-hitter as the Mets blanked the Marlins 4-0.

Drafted 18th overall in 2001 out of Notre Dame, Heilman has been a big disappointment for the Mets. He entered this season with a 3-11 record in 20 major league outings.

After his best career outing, Heilman immediately turned his attention to his next start.

“I’ve got to figure out another way to get these guys out in five days,” he said.

He’s doubtlessly hoping for the same offense the Mets flashed in Tuesday’s 16-4 rout at Philadelphia.

New York slugged a team-record seven homers, five shy of its season total coming into the game.

“We got some balls up in the air and drove it pretty good,” Mets manager Willie Randolph said.

Florida has won three straight, including a 6-3 win at Washington on Wednesday. Carlos Delgado hit the Marlins’ first homer in six games to complete a two-game sweep of the Nationals, and forging a tie atop the NL East.

Right-hander Josh Beckett will be looking to help extend his team’s winning streak, while looking for revenge against Heilman and the Mets.

Beckett, who had not allowed a run in 15 innings before facing the Mets on Friday, was reached for four runs—one earned—and five hits over five innings.

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A. Heilman Tex vs. J. Beckett LAD
5-3 Record 15-8
3.17 ERA 3.38
106 K 166
37 BB 58
1.15 WHIP 1.18