Marlins 5, Mets 0

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NEW YORK (AP)—Josh Beckett knew what it was all about for the Florida Marlins.

Beckett held New York to four hits over six innings as the Marlins beat the Mets 5-0 Monday night and moved into a tie for the NL wild card.

“I was just trying to stay in there. We had to win,” Beckett said.

Until the Marlins scored four times in the ninth, it appeared that Alex Gonzalez’s third-inning homer was going to be it for the Marlins offense. But Beckett and three relievers combined on a six-hit shutout.

“It was outstanding pitching from Beckett and the relievers,” Marlins manager Jack McKeon said. “I didn’t want to take him out but I had to go and get some runs.”

McKeon lifted Beckett for a pinch hitter in the seventh inning. Beckett (8-7) struck out six and walked two.

Relievers Nate Bump, Ugueth Urbina and Braden Looper followed with three scoreless innings, handing the Mets their fifth straight loss.

Florida moved into a tie with the Phillies for the NL Wild Card playoff spot when Philadelphia lost 6-4 at Atlanta.

Florida scored four runs in the ninth off reliever Orber Moreno when pinch-hitter Todd Hollandsworth had an RBI single, Juan Pierre tripled in two runs, and Luis Castillo doubled in Pierre.

Hollandsworth’s hit gave the Marlins a little breathing room.

“I just got a good swing on it and managed to hit it over second,” he said of the single that made it 2-0 and started the scoring in the four-run ninth.

Gonzalez led off the third with his 17th homer and fourth against the Mets this season. It was the only hit starter Steve Trachsel (14-9) allowed in the first five innings.

“I threw a good game and a lot of good plays were made behind me. My command was pretty good, give or take four or five pitches in (the third) that inning,” said Trachsel, who struck out a season-high eight, allowing only one run on four hits in seven innings.

“Every night there’s bright spots but not enough for us to win,” Mets manager Art Howe said.

Trachsel escaped a jam in the seventh thanks to a double play started by second baseman Joe McEwing on pinch hitter Lenny Harris’ hard grounder.

Harris, hitting for Beckett, hit a hard grounder toward right that appeared to be a hit but McEwing snagged it, whirled and threw to second to force Gonzalez and Harris was doubled at first on shortstop Jorge Velandia’s strong throw.

New York had a chance to take the lead in the fifth, but Prentice Redman grounded into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded.

In the seventh, Vance Wilson was walked by Bump with one out and pinch-hitter Mike Piazza greeted Urbina with a single, but Tony Clark, hitting for Trachsel, flied out to short right and Redman struck out.

Raul Gonzalez opened the inning with a single, moved to second when Wilson walked and, with one out, Trachsel dropped a bunt between the mound and thirdbase for another hit before Beckett got Redman to ground to short.

Notes

Mets RF Roger Cedeno was ejected by plate umpire Greg Gibson after striking out in the first inning. Redman then hit leadoff and played CF with Gonzalez moving to RF. … C Ivan Rodriguez, who came into the game hitting .441 on the season against the Mets (15-34), struck out his first three times up against Trachsel. He also struck out in the eighth against Moreno. … Pierre’s infield single in the eighth extended his hitting streak to 13 games. He also stole his league-leading 59th base in the eighth. … Marlins are now14 games over .500 (79-65) matching their season best on August 17.

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