August 27, 2002: Mets Beat Fish for Third Straight Win

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Date: August 27, 2002
Mets starter: John Thomson
Mets: 10
Marlins: 5
Winning pitcher: John Thomson
Key player(s): Joe McEwing, Mo Vaughn, Roberto Alomar
Key play: McEwing’s two-run single, Vaughn’s home run, Alomar’s single

The Mets faced the Marlins on a Tuesday night in Florida. The teams played the opener of a two-game series. The Mets recorded their third straight win by defeating the Fish, 10-5.

Mike Piazza drew a two-out walk against Marlins’ starter Michael Tejera in the top of the first inning. Edgardo Alfonzo was hit by a pitch and Mo Vaughn walked to load the bases. Joe McEwing followed with a single to drive home Piazza and Alfonzo for a 2-0 Mets lead. Tejera retired Roger Cedeno on a fly ball to center fielder Preston Wilson for the third out. For the Mets, John Thomson pitched a scoreless bottom half.

After scoreless second and third innings, Cedeno doubled with one out in the top of the fourth. Rey Ordonez hit a single to score Cedeno with the Mets’ third run of the game. Thompson went down on strikes and Alomar was retired on an inning-ending fly ball to left fielder Kevin Millar. Derrek Lee drew a walk with two outs in the bottom half. With Juan Encarnacion at bat, Lee stole second base. Thomson then struck out Encarnacion to finish off the inning.

Raul Gonzalez drew a walk to open the top of the fifth. Piazza flied out to Preston Wilson and a single by Alfonzo moved Gonzalez to third base. Vaughn slugged a three-run homer to increase the Mets’ lead to 6-0. McEwing hit a single and Tejera was replaced on the mound by Florida reliever Blaine Neal. With Cedeno at the plate, McEwing stole second. Roger popped out to shortstop Andy Fox and an intentional walk to Ordonez followed. Thomson drew a walk that loaded the bases. Alomar singled to bring home McEwing and Ordonez for an eight-run New York lead. Neal retired Gonzalez on a fly ball to right fielder Encarnacion for the inning’s final out. Thomson then hurled a perfect bottom half.

Piazza drew a leadoff walk against Fish reliever Vic Darensbourg in the top of the sixth. Alfonzo singled and Vaughn was hit by a pitch to load the bases. McEwing hit a sacrifice fly against Florida’s Toby Borland that scored Piazza and extended the Mets’ lead to 9-0. Cedeno hit a force play grounder to second baseman Luis Castillo and a walk to Ordonez loaded the bases once again. Borland then threw a called third strike past Thomson to close out the inning.

Fox hit a single with one out in the bottom of the sixth. Millar doubled to drive home Fox with the Marlins’ first run of the game. Preston Wilson and Lee were retired on outfield fly balls to end the inning and Florida reliever Graeme Lloyd pitched a perfect top of the seventh. Thomson shut down the Fish in the bottom half and the Marlins’ Armando Almanza retired the side in order in the top of the eighth. Thompson then gave up only a single to Castillo in the bottom of the inning.

Thomson hit a two-out single against Florida’s Braden Looper in the top of the ninth. Alomar followed with a double that brought home Thomson with the Mets’ tenth run of the game. Gonzalez singled and Looper retired Vance Wilson on a line drive to Castillo to end the inning. Preston Wilson homered off Thomson to lead off the bottom half. Lee and Encarnacion followed with singles and Mike Lowell flied out to right fielder Jeromy Burnitz. Pinch-hitter Tim Raines singled to score Lee and cut the Mets’ lead to 10-3. New York reliever Jaime Cerda got Ramon Castro to ground out to third baseman McEwing. Pinch-hitter Mike Mordecai singled to drive home Encarnacion and Raines with the Marlins’ fourth and fifth runs. Cerda then retired Fox on a ground ball to first baseman Vaughn to end the game. The Mets had a series-opening triumph and a three-game winning streak.