Miami (79-72) at New York (74-76)

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  • Game info: 7:10 pm EDT Wed Sep 21, 2005
  • TV: MSG
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The Florida Marlins are hoping rookie left-hander Jason Vargas can help keep their fading playoff hopes alive as they face the New York Mets in the middle game of their series at Shea Stadium.

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.

Cliff Floyd’s RBI single in the seventh and rookie first baseman Mike Jacobs’ two-out RBI single in the 12th won it for the Mets.

“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.

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Starting Pitchers

J. Vargas KC vs. J. Seo TB
5-5 Record 8-2
4.03 ERA 2.59
59 K 59
31 BB 16
1.38 WHIP 1.11