With no outs and runners on first and third in a 6-6 game in the bottom of the 8th inning, Florida Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez curiously played his infield back. Pitcher Clay Hensley
(1-2) threw a pitch to Ike Davis
who grounded it sharply to shortstop Hanley Ramirez
who started a 6-4-3 double play as Angel Pagan
scored the go-ahead run. New York Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez
then allowed his usual runner into scoring position before striking out Cody Ross
to end the game, earning his 12th save of the season and finishing a Mets 3-game home sweep of the Marlins. Pedro Feliciano
(2-2) picked up the win in relief as the final score was Mets 7, Marlins 6.
His name is Dan Uggla
and today he opened the scoring when he hit his 13th home run of the season just over the tall left field wall at Citi Field in the 4th inning making it 1-0 Marlins. The score remained that way until the top of the 6th when a Jorge Cantu
RBI single and a Ross 3-run homer made it 5-0 Marlins and knocked Mets starter Hisanori Takahashi
from the game.
Takahashi may sue the Mets for non-support. Of all 5 current Met starting pitchers he receives the least run support of them all at 2.44 per start prior to today's game (yes even less than Johan Santana
who you may be surprised to learn receives 4.60). Today the Mets did score well above that average, but not until Takahashi was gone from the game. In the bottom of the 6th Chris Carter
pinch-hit for Jenrry Mejia
, who had taken over on the mound for Takahashi, and popped a single to short center driving in Rod Barajas
to make it 5-1. That hit knocked Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco
from the game and after reliever Tim Wood
got Jose Reyes
to fly out to shallow center, Pagan singled to drive in Barajas and Alex Cora
and after 6 innings it was 5-3 Marlins.
The Marlins added a run in the top of the 7th on a Ronny Paulino
sacrifice fly. Then in the bottom half the Mets cranked up the French Power. Davis led off with a walk and 1 out later Barajas doubled moving Davis to third base. Then Jeff Francoeur
deposited a Wood pitch into the left field seats for a game-tying 3-run homer, setting the stage for the Mets to secure game, set and match on Clay.Box score