Mets 9, Marlins 3


NEW YORK – Steve Trachsel pitched three-hit ball through six innings and drove in a run with the 10,000th double in team history as the New York Mets beat the Florida Marlins 9-3 Friday night.

David Wright and Jose Reyes homered for the Mets. Wright drove in three runs and Reyes had three hits. Carlos Beltran drove in a run and scored another.

Trachsel worked his way out of a first-inning jam, then helped his own cause with the milestone double in the fourth. It came in the 7,000th game in franchise history.

The right-hander allowed the first two Marlins batters to reach base in the first inning but wriggled out of trouble by retiring the next three hitters. He struck out six, walked one and gave up only a solo homer to Mike Jacobs.

The Mets jumped in front in the first against Jason Vargas.

Reyes opened with a double and moved to third on a sacrifice by Paul Lo Duca. Beltran singled up the middle, scoring Reyes. After Carlos Delgado was hit by a pitch, Beltran stole third and scored on Wright’s sacrifice fly. Center fielder Eric Reed ran down Wright’s drive and saved an extra-base hit with a diving catch.

Jacobs, who hit 11 home runs in 100 at-bats as a Mets rookie last season, connected against Trachsel for his second homer of the season leading off the fourth. Jacobs added a two-run single in the eighth, but Jeremy Hermida was thrown out at third on the play to end the inning.

The Mets added two runs in the fourth.

Xavier Nady opened with his second hit, moved up on an infield out and scored when Trachsel doubled into the left-field corner. Trachsel came home on a single by Reyes, making it 4-1. Reyes stole second and, after Beltran was walked intentionally, Vargas struck out Delgado, ending the inning.

In the fifth, Wright opened with a shot into the left-field bleachers that traveled an estimated 470 feet.

An inning later, New York was back for more against reliever Todd Wellemeyer when Lo Duca was hit by a pitch and scored on a two-out double by Delgado. Wright followed with an RBI single, making it 7-1.

Reyes hit his first home run of the season, a two-run shot in the seventh.

Notes: Marlins rookie leadoff man Hanley Ramirez stretched his streak of opening games by reaching base with a first-inning single. He has led off four games with three singles and a walk. .. Trachsel threw 98 pitches, 63 for strikes. … Trachsel retired the last nine batters he faced after Jacobs’ homer.

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