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Definition of ace
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Mets 2, Marlins 0
Johan Santana celebrates the final out at Shea on Saturday. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
In the second-to-last regular-season game at Shea, Johan Santana stepped up on three days' rest and breathed life into the Mets' playoff hopes by completely mowing down the Marlins. The ace looked fired up as he shut down each inning, bringing his team closer in a must-win situation.
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Series at a glance:
FLA
Florida (83-77)
Lost 1
NY Mets 2, Florida 0   NYM
NY Mets (89-72)
Won 1
September 27, 2008
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Florida
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   0 3 0
NY Mets
1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 X   2 6 0
Standings thru 9/27/08  |  Recap: FLA | NYM  |  Gameday  |  Marlins stats  |  Mets stats
Florida AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ramirez, H, SS 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 .301
Baker, Jo, C 4 0 0 0 0 2 3 .302
Cantu, 1B 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 .278
Willingham, LF 3 0 1 0 1 0 1 .256
Uggla, 2B 4 0 0 0 0 3 2 .258
Ross, C, CF 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 .262
Helms, 3B 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 .240
Hermida, RF 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 .248
Nolasco, P 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .143
  a-Lo Duca, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .243
  Hendrickson, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .257
Totals 29 0 3 0 3 9 8  

a-Flied out for Nolasco in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Willingham (21, Santana, J).
TB: Cantu; Willingham 2; Ross, C.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Baker, Jo 2; Ross, C.
SAC: Nolasco.
Team RISP: 0-for-3.
Team LOB: 6.

FIELDING
DP: (Helms-Cantu).

 
NY Mets AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Reyes, Js, SS 4 1 1 0 0 1 0 .297
Beltran, CF 4 0 2 0 0 1 0 .284
Delgado, 1B 3 0 0 1 0 1 1 .271
Wright, D, 3B 3 0 2 0 1 1 0 .304
Murphy, Dn, LF 3 1 0 0 0 1 4 .315
  Chavez, En, LF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .269
Martinez, R, 2B 3 0 1 1 0 1 3 .308
Church, RF 3 0 0 0 0 3 2 .279
Castro, R, C 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 .241
Santana, J, P 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 .141
Totals 28 2 6 2 2 10 12  

BATTING
2B: Martinez, R (3, Nolasco).
TB: Reyes, Js; Beltran 2; Wright, D 2; Martinez, R 2.
RBI: Delgado (115), Martinez, R (3).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Martinez, R; Santana, J.
SF: Delgado.
GIDP: Delgado.
Team RISP: 1-for-5.
Team LOB: 6.

BASERUNNING
SB: Reyes, Js (56, 2nd base off Nolasco/Baker, Jo).

 
Florida IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Nolasco (L, 15-8) 7.0 5 2 2 1 10 0 3.52
Hendrickson 1.0 1 0 0 1 0 0 5.45
 
NY Mets IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Santana, J (W, 16-7) 9.0 3 0 0 3 9 0 2.53

IBB: Castro, R (by Nolasco), Ramirez, H (by Santana, J).
HBP: Murphy, Dn (by Nolasco).
Pitches-strikes: Nolasco 111-76, Hendrickson 14-6, Santana, J 117-74.
Groundouts-flyouts: Nolasco 5-3, Hendrickson 1-1, Santana, J 8-8.
Batters faced: Nolasco 28, Hendrickson 4, Santana, J 33.
Umpires: HP: Sam Holbrook. 1B: Gerry Davis. 2B: Brian Gorman. 3B: Bruce Dreckman.
Weather: 67 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 10 mph, In from LF.
T: 2:17 (:35 delay).
Att: 54,920.
September 27, 2008

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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