D’Amicp, Mets Shutout Marlins, 3-0
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NEW YORK (AP) _ Jeff D’Amico pitched three-hit ball for seven innings and Mike Piazza hit a two-run double as the New York Mets defeated the Florida Marlins 3-0 Sunday.
D’Amico (4-4) allowed only three singles and one walk, striking out five.
Mark Guthrie pitched the eighth and Scott Strickland worked the ninth for second save, completing the combined five-hitter.
Piazza’s double highlighted a three-run first inning against A.J. Burnett (5-5). The Mets got three hits, drew two walks and were helped by a wild pitch.
Leadoff man Roger Cedeno was hit with an 0-2 pitch, Roberto Alomar beat out a perfect drag bunt for a single and both moved up on a wild pitch. Piazza’s drive to right-center scored the first two runs of the inning.
After Jeromy Burnitz walked, Joe McEwing sacrificed both runners up and Mo Vaughn hit an RBI single. A two-out walk to Rey Ordonez loaded the bases, but Burnett struck out D’Amico.
Burnett allowed six hits, walked three and struck out nine in seven innings.
Florida mounted its most serious threat in the sixth when Andy Fox singled with one out and Preston Wilson drew D’Amico’s only walk. But Cliff Floyd popped out and Mike Lowell grounded into an inning-ending force play.
Luis Castillo singled in the eighth to extend his hitting streak to 14 games, the longest this season for the Marlins.
Notes: With throwing errors by McEwing and Piazza, the Mets have now committed 49 errors in 50 games, the highest total in the NL. ... Castillo had his stretch of multihit games stopped at four. ...Guthrie struck out the side in the eighth but also gave up a single by Castillo.