Penny Defeats Mets in 8-4 Fish Victory

Brad Penny had never beaten the Mets, having come into the night 0-7 with a 6.96 ERA against them lifetime. That all changed on Tuesday evening. The right-hander allowed four runs, but received support as his offense roughed up Al Leiter for eight runs -- seven earned -- in just 5 2/3 innings. The Florida Marlins got to the .500 mark by defeating the New York Mets 8-4 inside Shea Stadium.

Both Luis Castillo and Mike Lowell drove in two runs and the latter hit a home run as the Marlins won their fifth in a row. They have now won 20 of their last 30 games.

The Mets (33-41) took an early one run lead in the first after Cliff Floyd singled into center field against Brad Penny (6-5) that scored Roger Cedeno.

Florida (39-39) capitalized on a Jose Reyes error in the third when they scored three runs. Ivan Rodriguez hit a grounder to the young shortstop that could have been an inning ending double play, but he booted it and allowed two runs to score. Mike Lowell's double plated another run in that inning before he drove in one more in fifth with a single to left.

The Marlins chased Al Leiter (8-4) in the sixth, when they scored four runs on a two run homer by Luis Castillo, his fifth of the season, and RBI hits by Juan Encarnacion and Derrek Lee.

Leiter allowed eight hits, eight runs -- seven earned -- and five walks while striking out four. His ERA went from 5.06 to a dreadful 5.44. Pedro Felciano and Dan Wheeler worked the rest of the game, not allowing a run to their credit.

Roger Cedeno and Vance Wilson both hit solo homers -- their second and seventh, respectively -- and Tony Clark added an RBI double in the seventh to make it 8-4, but the Mets didn't get any closer.

Brad Penny -- who surrendered eight runs and 10 hits over 4 1/3 innings in a 10-5 loss to the Mets on Wednesday -- pitched six innings and allowed seven hits and four runs while walking two and striking out six.

Notes
OF Cedeno got his 200th career stolen base in the first inning... This was the first time the Marlins have been at the .500 mark since May 1... The Mets are now 21-20 since losing Mike Piazza due to injury... Steve Trachsel (5-5, 4.62) draws Mark Redman (5-2, 2.61) on Wednesday evening...


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