Title: Piazza, Valentine Ejected in Loss
Channel: Ken Rotberg
MIAMI (AP) _ The New York Mets lost their cool and the Florida Marlins won a slugfest, giving the largest crowd in Miami this season plenty to cheer and jeer about Saturday night.
Preston Wilson hit two home runs and Mike Lowell homered to break a seventh-inning tie, helping Florida end a four-game losing streak by beating the Mets 9-7.
A crowd of 33,291 hooted and hollered as Mets catcher Mike Piazza and manager Bobby Valentine were ejected just before Lowell's homer.
Piazza, upset that he was called out on strikes in the top of the seventh, resumed his complaint while catching in the bottom of the inning and was thrown out by plate umpire. Bobby Valentine was thrown out immediately after.