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By Gary W. Marchese Jr.
Miami, FL (April 1) – The New York Mets were defeated by the Florida Marlins Friday night by the score of 6-2 with six hitless innings. Willie Harris had the first hit in the seventh with a double with Carlos Beltran providing the hit, a double to allow Harris to score.
The Mets continued their losing ways as Mike Pelfrey struggled.
Pelfrey pitched 4 1/3 innings giving up four hits and five runs. He walked four, and struck out two with a high pitch count. The Mets are relying on Pelfrey as the ace without Johan Santana but in reality, he is a number two starter at best. Blaine Boyer pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up a hit, Pedro Beato pitched two innings giving up three hits, and Taylor Bucholz pitched an inning giving up two hits and one run.
The Mets offense woke up late as they were totally dominated for the first six innings. Willie Harris had two hits, Carlos Beltran had a hit and an RBI and Angel Pagan had a hit. Ike Davis had an RBI and a walk, Brad Emaus had a walk. The Mets were able to manage four hits and two walks. Josh Johnson showed why he is one of the best pitchers in the league.
Johnson pitched 6 2/3 innings giving up three hits and two runs with a couple of walks and three strikeouts. Pelfrey started well with three scoreless innings but he gave up a grand slam to John Buck in the fourth inning and never got out of that inning.
The Marlins scored a run in the fifth inning on a Gaby Sanchez RBI single giving the Marlins a 5-0 lead until the seventh inning when Beltran had an RBI double and Davis grounded out sending home Beltran to make it 5-2.
Logan Morrison hit a solo homerun in the eighth inning to finish the scoring; the Marlins won the game 6-2.
The two teams will meet Saturday night in Miami at 7:10PM. Jon Niese will start for the Mets and Ricky Nolasco for the Marlins.