Florida Marlins defeat New York Mets, 5-4

The Mets continue to insist they are alive in the NL playoff picture, with endangered GM Omar Minaya the latest to espouse that hollow rallying cry Wednesday in the home dugout.

Of course, the shrinking schedule - and the Mets' inability to string successive wins together - also continues to belie that sort of thinking.

A late rally for the second straight night provided optimism, but this comeback bid fell a run shy as the Mets stranded the bases loaded in the ninth in...