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NL: Marlins rookie one-hits Mets

By Associated Press
Published June 17, 2003

MIAMI - Dontrelle Willis and his unusual delivery baffled the New York Mets.

Willis pitched a one-hitter to win his fifth straight start as the Florida Marlins beat the Mets 1-0 Monday night behind a homer by Ivan Rodriguez.

Willis allowed only a clean line-drive single to left by Ty Wigginton with one out in the fourth.

"He has a funky delivery. His arm angle helps him and his pitch location was very good," New York outfielder Jeromy Burnitz said of the rookie.

The demonstrative 21-year-old with a high leg kick has allowed four earned runs during his streak. He drew a standing ovation as he came out for the ninth and was hugged by Rodriguez after the final out.

"I'm definitely going to enjoy this one," Willis said. "They're in our division, so whatever win we can get in our division is big."

Willis outlasted veteran Tom Glavine, who allowed five hits, including Rodriguez's homer, in seven innings.

"I was hoping to keep making pitches and hope that his youth and enthusiasm would cause him to make a mistake," Glavine said.

Marlins manager Jack McKeon said Willis seemed relaxed in the ninth despite the close game.

"In a 1-0 game the pressure can mount on a youngster," McKeon said. "I was praying in the dugout."

Willis struck out eight and walked one. Wigginton was the only batter to reach against Willis, also drawing a walk with two outs in the first.

"You get an adrenaline rush, but you don't want to get too aggressive because then you end up going out of your windup, out of your mechanics and that's when you make mistakes," Willis said.

Willis credited Alex Gonzalez with making several good plays at shortstop, including a sliding stab in the second that saved a hit.

"He's amazing over there. It's a blessing to have him," Willis said.

Rodriguez's homer in the fourth gave the Marlins the only run they needed to win for the fifth time in seven games.

Glavine missed his last scheduled start with a sore left elbow. He has lost five of six decisions but said he felt good after the game.

CUBS 4, REDS 3: Moises Alou and Eric Karros hit consecutive homers in the sixth and visiting Chicago held on.

Matt Clement gave up three runs in six innings and struck out nine, one shy of his season high. Three relievers combined to allow one hit, with Joe Borowski pitching the ninth for his 14th save in 16 chances.

Alou and Karros homered off Jimmy Anderson in the sixth to erase a 3-2 deficit and put the Cubs in line for their sixth victory in nine games.

The Cubs are 3-3 without Sammy Sosa, who has one game left on his suspension for using a corked bat.

BREWERS 9, CARDINALS 4: Keith Osik hit a homer and two-run double in host Milwaukee's seven-run seventh as the Brewers rallied.

Osik led off the seventh with his first homer since Aug. 21 and capped the club's biggest inning this season with a two-run double down the third-base line.

PADRES 7, ROCKIES 5: Mark Loretta hit a three-run homer in the ninth off Jose Jimenez for visiting San Diego.

Colorado scored four in the eighth to take a 5-4 lead, but Jimenez couldn't hold it as the Padres won consecutive games for the first time since three straight April 23-25.

[Last modified June 17, 2003, 01:48:03]

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