Marlins Pounded By Putrid Mets

Playoff chances take a hit with loss to the lowly Mets

Tim Redding pitched into the seventh inning Thursday to give the Mets' injury-ravaged staff a boost and help New York snap a five-game skid with a 10-3 victory over the Florida Marlins.

The Marlins' Anibal Sanchez couldn't get out of the fourth inning in his second start since recovering from a shoulder strain that put him on the disabled list. He allowed four runs, two earned, and eight hits.

Less than 5,000 spectators turned out for the afternoon game, but there were enough transplanted New Yorkers to muster an occasional chant of "Let's go Mets." Good thing no one was there to see the Marlins' lackluster effort in which they gave up 17 hits to a batting order barely resembling a major league line up.

how bad this loss hurts will depend on what the other teams Florida is chasing do in games later tonight.

Chris Coghlan was the lone bright spot for the Fish. He led off the Marlins' first inning with a home run and went deep again in the sixth. Dan Uggla hit his 23rd homer to start the seventh, but that still left Florida trailing 8-3.

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