Pat Rapp is on a streak worthy of Greg Maddux.
MIAMI (AP) _ Pat Rapp is on a streak worthy of Greg Maddux.
Rapp pitched his second straight shutout Friday and tied a Florida Marlins record with his eighth consecutive win, a rain-shortened 3-0 victory over the New York Mets.
Since the All-Star break, the right-hander is 10-2 with a 2.47 ERA. Only one other National League pitcher has 10 wins in the second half of the season _ Maddux.
``I’ve hit a hot streak where nothing is going wrong,″ said Rapp (13-7). ``I’m used to walking a lot of guys, and it comes back to haunt me plenty of times. The last couple of starts I’ve been keeping the ball over the plate and letting my fielders play.″
Rapp allowed one walk and four hits in 7 2-3 innings to tie Chris Hammond’s 1993 club record for consecutive wins.
``One base on balls _ that’s the trick for him,″ Marlins manager Rene Lachemann said. ``There’s a confidence factor; he knows he can use all of his pitches. He’s pitched extremely well the last two times out.″
Rapp pitched a one-hit shutout Sunday in a 17-0 victory at Colorado. This time, the Marlins managed just five hits, but that was enough offense for Rapp.
``Every time I’ve gotten a lead, I’ve tried to pitch like it’s 0-0,″ he said.
Following a rain delay of 1 hour, 34 minutes, the game was called with the Mets at bat, two outs and nobody on in the eighth inning.
``Not much there to write,″ New York manager Dallas Green told reporters. ``I don’t know how you’re going to figure out a story to write about that.″
The Marlins may have lost second baseman Quilvio Veras for the rest of the season because of a pulled left hamstring. Veras, who leads the major leagues with 56 stolen bases, left after he stumbled over first base trying to beat out a grounder. Florida’s training staff said it’s doubtful he’ll play again this year.
The Marlins scored two runs in the first against Reid Cornelius (2-7), who allowed the first four batters to reach base. Jeff Conine walked with the bases loaded, and Greg Colbrunn followed with a sacrifice fly.
``When you get yourself in jams like that, it’s tough to get out,″ Cornelius said.
Florida made it 3-0 in the third when Jesus Tavarez doubled, took third on the front end of a double steal and scored with two outs on Cornelius’ wild pitch.
Cornelius allowed four hits, four walks and three runs in four innings.
``You can’t expect to win games when you walk that many guys,″ he said.
The Mets had a baserunner in only three innings and put their leadoff runner aboard just once. Rapp won his fourth consecutive start at Joe Robbie Stadium and has an ERA of 1.17 in those games.
``Earlier in the season, I was going out wondering what kind of stuff I would have, and whether it was enough to go five or six innings,″ Rapp said. ``Everybody keeps telling me, `You’ve got good stuff.′ The last couple of weeks I started believing in it more. That puts you ahead.″