The Florida Marlins scored in the 1st inning when a Gaby Sanchez sacrifice fly pushed Logan Morrison across the plate and they never trailed the New York Mets holding on for a 5-4 victory at Citi Field Wednesday night. The Marlins scored again in the 2nd inning when Cameron Maybin singled to drive in Wes Helms to make the score 2-0 after an inning and a half. The Mets got 1 back in the bottom of the 2nd when, with David Wright on 1st base, Josh Thole singled to center but the ball skipped right between Maybin’s legs for a 2-base error allowing Wright to score and Thole to get all the way to 3rd base where he was stranded. 2-1 Marlins after 2 innings.
Florida slowly piled on insurance runs. In the 3rd another Sanchez sacrifice fly, this one scoring Hanley Ramirez, made it 3-1 Florida. All was quiet until the 6th when catcher Brett Hayes doubled driving in Helms to make it 4-1. Those 4 runs all came off Mets starter Pat Misch (0-3). In the 7th Florida capped their scoring off of reliever Ryota Igarashi. Morrison tripled then scored on a single by Ramirez giving the Marlins a 5-1 lead after 6 1/2.
The Mets made it interesting in the bottom of the 7th. Carlos Beltran led off with a walk off of Marlins starter Alex Sanabia (3-1) then Wright grounded into a fielder’s choice forcing Beltran at 2nd base. Ike Davis then tripled to the right-center gap scoring Wright and making it 5-2. Jeff Francoeur then knocked Sanabia from the game with an RBI single that cut it to 5-3. Then in the 9th inning they made it really interesting. Wright homered leading off against closer Leo Nunez to make it 5-4. After Davis popped out, Francoeur and Thole singled both singled. Pinch-hitter Mike Hessman grounded into a fielder’s choice forcing Thole out at second but moving Francoeur to 3rd base as the tying run with 2 outs. Luis Castillo drew a walk loading the bases but Jose Reyes pulled a grounder sharply right into Marlins 1st baseman Sanchez’ glove who beat Reyes to the bag for the last out. Final score Florida 5, New York 4.