Florida, which fell 3-2 to the Mets in 12 innings on Tuesday, is three games behind NL wild-card leader Houston. Vargas, after a strong start, is pitching like a rookie in the heat of a pennant race.
He started 5-1 with a 3.16 ERA, but is winless in his last four games. In his last effort, he lasted just five innings, allowing three runs and four hits, including two homers, in a 4-1 loss at Houston on Friday.
“I felt like this was the best I’ve thrown in a long time,” Vargas said. “I just got two balls up, and I got caught with it.”
Though all but eliminated from the postseason, New York is content with spoiling other team’s chances.
“It was awesome,” Jacobs said. “I was happy for the team. It was a big team win. We pitched well and we had great defense.”
Floyd supplied that in the eighth inning when he threw out Jeff Conine trying to score on a two-out single to left by Juan Encarnacion. Catcher Mike Piazza held on to the ball despite being bowled over by Conine.
“If you have anything on the throw and it’s accurate, you’ve got a chance,” Floyd said.