Rookie Willis One-Hits Mets

Dontrelle Willis spun a 1-hitter and Ivan Rodriguez homered off Tom Glavine as the Florida Marlins blanked the New York Mets 1-0 Monday evening at Pro Player Stadium. Willis (6-1) allowed only a single to Ty Wigginton and wasted no time in disposing of the Mets. Tom Glavine (5-7), who took the mound for the first time in 11 days, showed no ill effects from the elbow inflammation that had sidelined him during that period.

In going the distance, Willis struck out eight Mets, and Glavine went seven innings allowing only four hits including the Rodriguez homerun in the 4th inning. Glavine needed only 101 pitches to get through his seven innings, which included four strikeouts and three walks.

All in all, Willis faced only two batters over the minimum, with Wigginton also drawing the lone walk that Dontrelle yielded. Following the clean single by Wigginton in the fourth frame, Willis retired the final 17 Mets in order. He needed 109 pitches, of which 75 were strikes in completing his masterpiece in a very brisk two hours and ten minutes.

In a strange turnaround of events, Willis twirled his one-hit gem just one day after Steve Trachsel did likewise to the Anaheim Angels. Dontrelle also won his fifth consecutive start and during that streak has surrendered just four earned runs in 37 2/3 innings, for a remarkable ERA of 0.97.

Mets rookie sensation Jose Reyes, went hitless in three trips, as Willis totally handcuffed the New Yorkers.

The two teams will continue their series on Tuesday with red hot Jae Seo (4-2) going for the Mets. He will opposed by inconsistent Carl Pavano (5-7) for the Marlins, as the Mets will attempt to get back in the groove that saw them win four of six against the Angels and Texas Rangers in their tour through the American League West.

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