Mets 10, Marlins 5

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MIAMI (AP)—Jose Reyes isn’t taking a long time to make a good impression.

Reyes had a bases-loaded triple, a double and four RBIs, and Al Leiter won for the fourth time in five starts as the New York Mets beat the Florida Marlins 10-5 Wednesday night.

The rookie was brought up on June 10 and has 11 RBIs in just 35 at-bats.

“That’s what we were hoping for when we brought him up,” Mets manager Art Howe said. “We got a big blow from him (three-run triple). He put some juice on that ball.”

The Mets had 13 hits, six of them for extra bases, and batted around in the second and fifth innings.

“We got the bats working tonight,” Howe said. “For the first time of late I feel like we can go out and win.”

Leiter (8-3) gave up five runs on six hits in five innings. Graeme Lloyd gave up two hits in a scoreless inning of relief while Dan Wheeler struck out two in three scoreless innings to pick up his first major league save.

“This is a moment I’ve been waiting for,” Wheeler said. “I can’t put it into words.”

The Marlins, who only got one hit in Tuesday’s game, scored three runs on four hits in the first inning.

“That first inning is a tempo setter,” Leiter said. “It wasn’t a good thing but I settled down somewhat. The fact we were able to get some runs made life a lot easier.”

Brad Penny (5-5) gave up eight runs on 10 hits. He is 0-7 lifetime against the Mets.

“They hit everything I threw,” Penny said. “I threw some good pitches and some bad ones and they hit them.”

The Mets led 5-3 before scoring five times in the fifth inning. Cliff Floyd and Jeromy Burnitz both hit RBI doubles, chasing Penny.

“We knew he is a very, very, very aggressive pitcher,” Floyd said. “If we could get him down in the zone we had a chance because he goes right at you.”

Reyes then hit a bases-loaded triple off reliever Kevin Olsen.

“I feel really comfortable at the plate,” Reyes said. “I’m doing the best I can.”

Florida’s Alex Gonzalez, who had four RBIs, hit a two-run homer in the fifth.

The Marlins scored in the first after Juan Pierre and Luis Castillo led off with consecutive singles. Pierre scored on Mike Redmond’s single to center. With two outs, Gonzalez drove in two runs with a bloop single to left field to give the Marlins a 3-0 lead.

The Mets came back in the second inning. Burnitz and Vance Wilson each singled. Burnitz scored on Jason Phillips’ single, then Reyes drove in a run with a double. Roger Cedeno’s two-out double drove in two more runs. Ty Wigginton drove in Cedeno with a single and the Mets led 5-3.

“You get three runs right quick like we did you have to shut them down,” Marlins manager Jack McKeon said. “You know if he (Leiter) can find the groove he’s going to be tough. We couldn’t keep him down.”

The Mets have won five of the last seven games.

“We’re going to ride this as long as we can,” Floyd said. “We can stillmake something out of nothing.”

Notes

Pierre had two bunt singles, giving him 10 for the season. … Castillo got hit on the left knee by a pitch in the second inning and limped to first base but stayed in the game. … Burnitz reached the 1,000 hit mark with two hits. … Wheeler made his first appearance as a Met. The reliever last pitched in the majors for Tampa Bay in 2001. …The Mets have scored seven or more runsin six of their past nine games.

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