Florida Fun: Mets Clip Marlins 4-2

Ty Wigginton's bat warmed up just as the weather did after the trip from New York to Miami was completed. The rookie third basemen hit a three-run homerun in the top of third that lifted Al Leiter and the Mets to a 4-2 victory over the Florida Marlins on Tuesday night.

Al Leiter pitched 6 2/3 innings and got some help from the bats of Wigginton and Shinjo as the Mets got their third victory out of their past four games.

The Mets (4-3) threatened in the first inning, putting two men on base, but with two outs Mo Vaughn flied out to center. The first basemen started the game after sitting out Sunday's contest against the Expos with a minor strain in his right hip flexor.

After Leiter worked himself out of a two out, two in jam in the bottom of the first, the Mets got on the board against Florida starter Mark Redman when Tsuyoshi Shinjo hit a sacrifice fly that drove in Ty Wigginton. Shinjo, who was signed as a free-agent this off-season, started in center in place of Roger Cedeno and went 3-for-3.

Mark Redman (1-1) did not pitch badly outside of allowing the home run to Wigginton. He pitched seven innings allowing just six hits, three earned runs, and four walks while striking out one.

In the bottom of the third with one out Cliff Floyd walked and went from first to third on a Mike Piazza single. After Mo Vaughn fouled out, Ty Wigginton launched a three-run home run to centerfield, the deepest part of the park, and the Mets were up 4-0. The third basemen also added and doubled and was 3-for-3 on the night.

"He's a talented kid," Marlins manager Jeff Torborg said to the Associated Press. "That's why he's starting for them. He crushed that home run."

The Marlins (2-5) got their first run in their portion of the third after Derek Lee singled to left center driving in Juan Pierre from second. Lee would provide Florida with their second run in the fifth, hitting a sacrifice fly to deep center that drove in Luis Castillo.

Al Leiter (2-0) pitched 6 2/3 innings allowing six hits, two runs, five walks -- four of which were to Ivan Rodriquez -- and struck out 4.

"There's a difference between pitching around him and not giving in to him," Leiter said to the Associated Press of the Marlins' catcher. "Pudge was very patient. He took some close pitches."

The ex-Marlin pitcher did not have his best stuff like he did in his first start of the year against the Cubs, but was able to get the key outs when he needed them the most.

David Weathers came on to replace Al Leiter and recorded the final out of the seventh inning by getting Derrek Lee to ground out into a fielder's choice. Mike Stanton then came on to work a scoreless eighth.

Armando Benitez who blew his first save of the season on Sunday, worked the ninth to earn his third save of the season. With one out, Luis Castillo singled and Juan Pierre grounded out which moved Castillo over the second. After Ivan Rodriquez drew his fifth walk, Derrek Lee flew out to Cliff Floyd to end the game.

The Mets had three errors in the game... Armando Benitez has now appeared in each of the last four Met games... Roberto Alomar went 0-for-5 and is now hitting .192 on the season... Tony Clark replaced Mo Vaughn in the bottom of the eighth for defensive purposes... Steve Trachsel (0-1) opposes A.J. Burnett, who is coming off the DL to make his first start of the season, on Tuesday in the middle game of the three game series...

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