Mets Fall in 9th, Lose Sixth Straight

Alex Gonzalez ripped a two-run triple off of David Weathers in the ninth inning, snapping a one-run tie to lift the Florida Marlins to a 3-1 win over the Mets. It was the Mets sixth straight loss. The Marlins remained tied with the Phillies in the NL wild card standings after Philadelphia thrashed Atlanta 18-5.

Mike Piazza drove in the lone run for the Mets with a sacrafice fly off of Marlins' starter Carl Pavano all the way back in the first inning. Piazza drove home Roger Cedeno to give the Mets an early 1-0 lead. Timo Perez had a pair of hits in the losing effort.

Mets' starter Tom Glavine was looking sharp Tuesday, throwning six scoreless innings before the Marlins tied the game with a run in the seventh. Juan Encarnacion led off the top of the 7th with a double down the right field line and scored on Miguel Cabrera's double over Raul Gonzalez's head in center.

Glavine allowed just one run on seven hits and two walks, while striking out four batters, in 7 1/3 innigs Tuesday before giving way to David Weathers in the eighth inning.

In the ninth, Alex Gonzalez lined a triple into the left-center field gap that a diving Raul Gonzalez could not come up with, allowing both Jeff Conine and Derrek Lee to score for a 3-1 Marlins lead. Conine led off the ninth with a single and was sacrificed over to second before Derrek Lee was hit by a pitch to put two runners on first and second.

Ugueth Urbina (3-0), who threw a scoreless inning eighth inning to earn his third win of the year, while David Weathers (1-6) took the loss, allowing two runs on two hits over 1 1/3 innings. Braden Looper worked a perfect ninth inning for his 28th save of the year.

The Marlins have won four straight games and 10 of their last 12 overall, while the Mets have dropped six straight since sweeping the Braves early last week.

RHP Jae Seo (8-10, 4.12 ERA) looks to get the Mets back into winning ways as he opposes LHP Mark Redman (11-9, 3.56 ERA) Wednesday.

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