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Marlins turn up heat during big chill in Cleveland

Who's the frozen fish now?

Not the Florida Marlins. By the time they had finished with World Series Game 3, much of the nation must have thought "The Mistake by the Lake" referred specifically to the Indians' fielding."Tonight, both teams out-uglied each other," Indians manager Mike Hargrove said after Florida scored seven runs in the ninth, then gave up four to wind up with 14-11 victory over Cleveland and a 2-1 World Series lead.

Yes, the weather was cold: 49 degrees and a 29 wind-chill at game-time.

Cleveland's fielding was even colder.

The Indians, who led 7-3 in the sixth, tied a World Series record by making three errors in one inning. With the score 7-all in the ninth, Marquis Grissom's throw following Darren Daulton's single hit Bobby Bonilla sliding into third and bounced into a photographer's well, allowing the go-ahead run to score.

After that, it just got worse for Cleveland as the Marlins, in just their fifth year of existence, moved within two wins of a World Series title.

"I've never been involved in a game like this," said Gary Sheffield, who drove in five runs and made a great catch to rob Jim Thome of an extra-base hit.

"I've never been in a 14-11 game," Sheffield said. " Just to do it in the World Series, you never think you're going to score that many runs in the World Series. I can't explain it."

It was the second highest-scoring Series game, trailing only Toronto's epic 15-14 victory in Game 4 four years ago. Daulton, who played for the Philadelphia Phillies in that one and watched a 14-9 lead slip away, had a panic when Florida got its 14th run against the Indians.

"Fourteen wasn't a good number on that night," Daulton said. "It was tonight."

It was hard to believe these were pennant-winners. They combined for 17 walks - two short of the Series record - six errors and seven unearned runs.

"I don't attribute the poor play to the weather," Hargrove said. "It's just poor play."

After the go-ahead run, reliever Eric Plunk made a pickoff throw that first baseman Jim Thome mishandled for an error that made it 9-7, and second baseman Tony Fernandez misplayed Craig Counsell's grounder to enable another run to score.

Sheffield and Bonilla followed with two-run singles off Jose Mesa and the Marlins had a 14-7 lead.

"It was a helpless feeling there in the ninth," Indians left fielder Bip Roberts said. "Every time they put the bat on the ball, something bad happened."

The morning - the game ended at 12:36 a.m. - got even stranger in the bottom half, when Marlins closer Robb Nen allowed a sacrifice fly to Fernandez, an RBI single to Marquis Grissom and a two-run double to Roberts before Omar Vizquel's game-ending groundout.

Florida, which made three errors of its own in falling behind, seemed as relieved as it was excited.

"I think it was bigger for us because this is the loudest crowd I've ever played in front of," said Sheffield, who hit a solo homer in the first, walked with the bases loaded in the third and doubled home the tying run in the seventh.

Florida will try to make it 3-1 tonight, with Tony Saunders facing Jaret Wright in a matchup of rookies. Conditions will be even harsher, with the gametime temperature forecast to be in the 30s.

Notes: Jim Eisenreich and Daulton also homered for Florida.. . . The 11 runs in the ninth tied the most runs in a World Series inning. The 11 pitchers in the game tied the Series record for a nine-inning game.. . . Marquis Grissom went 2-for-3 and raised his career Series average to .443 (27-for-61). His 15-game hitting streak is two games behind Hank Bauer's record.. . . Al Leiter tied a record with four walks in one inning, and the three straight walks by Nagy in the third tied a record.



World Series

(Marlins up 2-1)

Game 1: Florida 7, Cleveland 4

Game 2: Cleveland 6, Florida 1

Game 3: Florida 14, Cleveland 11

Game 4: Wednesday, Florida (Saunders 4-6) at Cleveland (Wright 8-3), 6:20 p.m.

Game 5: Thursday, Florida at Cleveland, 6:20 p.m.

Game 6*: Saturday, Cleveland at Florida, 6 p.m.

Game 7*: Sunday, Cleveland at Florida, 5:35 p.m.

*-if necessary. All games on Ch. 5.