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Rookie pitches Mets to win over Marlins

Bill Pulsipher earned his first major-league victory Tuesday night, striking out nine in 7 innings as the Mets defeated the Marlins 2-0.

Pulsipher (1-2) had a 7.24 ERA after starts against Houston and Philadelphia. The 21-year-old left-hander, who led the International League in strikeouts when he was promoted this month, allowed three Florida hits and walked five.

Pulsipher escaped a first-and-third jam in the first inning by retiring Jeff Conine on a popup, striking out Andre Dawson, and getting Terry Pendleton on a grounder. With runners on second and third and two outs in the sixth, he struck out Greg Colbrunn for the third straight time.

Bobby Witt pitched seven shutout innings, but Pulsipher's leadoff walk against Rob Murphy started New York's two-run eighth. Todd Hundley's grounder off Colbrunn's glove at first base later in the inning deflected to second baseman Quilvio Veras, who threw the ball away to score both runs.

The Marlins' streak of games with at least one homer ended at 11.

Around the league

All-Stars: Second baseman Craig Biggio of Houston overtook Mickey Morandini of Philadelphia for first place in fan voting. Balloting ended Monday, but votes will be counted until the weekend. The Expos' Felipe Alou, managing the NL July 11, named his coaches: Cubs skipper Jim Riggleman, Astros manager Terry Collins, and Montreal coaches Joe Kerrigan, Jerry Manuel and Tommy Harper.

Braves: Second baseman Mark Lemke was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Sunday, because of a strained left hamstring. Atlanta purchased the contract of infielder Mike Sharperson from Triple-A Richmond.

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