The New York Mets got out to an early lead but starter Hisanori Takahashi got spun right round by the Florida Marlins offense in the bottom of the 3rd inning and the Mets mounted a late comeback but couldn’t get ahead and ultimately fell 7-6 to Florida.
As they did so often on their last road trip the Mets took the lead early.Â In the top of the 1st Angel Pagan received a nice ovation from his family and friends in the Hiram Bithorn Stadium stands then hit a single.Â David Wright then singled moving Pagan to third base from where he scored on a Jason Bay sacrifice fly for a 1-0 Mets lead.Â In the 3rd inning they extended their lead.Â Ruben Tejada led off with a single and moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Takahashi.Â Tejada scored on a double by Jose Reyes and Reyes advanced to third on the throw in from left field.Â Pagan hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Reyes and after 2 1/2 innings the Mets lead 3-0.Â But they quickly got spun right round.
Takahashi got the first 2 batters out to start the bottom of the 3rd inning.Â Then things got ugly.Â Opposing starter Nate Robertson singled to center just under Reyes’ glove.Â Takahashi walked Chris Coghlan, then Gaby Sanchez singled to load the bases.Â All-around good guy Hanley Ramirez cleared the bases with his 12th homer and it was 4-3 Marlins.Â The next batter, Jorge Cantu, doubled.Â Then a guy homered and his name is Dan Uggla. His 15th homer of the season plated Cantu and gave the Marlins a 6-3 lead after 3 innings.
Then the Mets began their improbable comeback.Â In the 7th Fernando Tatis led off with a double that knocked Robertson from the game.Â Jeff Francoeur greeted reliever Tim Wood with a single to put runners on the corners with no outs then Tejada plated Tatis by grounding into a fielder’s choice to make it 6-4.Â In the 9th inning the Mets gave their fans some real hope.Â Florida closer Leo Nunez (3-1) came on for the save and Rod Barajas greeted him with a single.Â Pinch-hitter Chris Carter doubled to put runners on second and third with no outs.Â Alex Cora pinch-ran for Carter.Â Francoeur then grounded out as Barajas scored to make it 6-5 and Cora moved to third.Â Josh Thole pinch-hit for Tejada and singled past a drawn-in infield to plate the tying run but Nunez settled down to retire the next 2 batters and the game was 6-6 going into the bottom of the 9th.
Pedro Feliciano (2-3) came on for the bottom of the inning but unfortunately he would be facing exclusively right handed batters, and as Eric Simon of Amazin Avenue noted via twitter in a timely fashion, this is something Feliciano is not good at.Â Feliciano got the first batter, weak hitting Emilo Bonifacio who came up as a pinch-hitter, to strike out swinging.Â Then he got Ramirez looking and one thought he might run the gauntlet.Â But Cantu doubled to center then Uggla singled to drive him home with the game winning run.Â Marlins 7, Mets 6.