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By Gary W. Marchese Jr.
Miami, FL (April 2) – The New York Mets defeated the Florida Marlins by the score of 6-4 on Saturday night, a wild game that began poorly as the Mets were down 2-0 in the first inning. Jon Niese had a rough first inning but settled down and kept them in the game.
The Mets tied the game late, took the lead in the ninth inning, and then saw their closer blow the save. The Mets came right back in the tenth scoring three runs and although it was scary in the tenth they did manage to close out the game. The Mets showed a lot of guts and heart in this game and that could be a direct impact of new manager Terry Collins.
Niese pitched seven innings giving up four hits and two runs with a walk and three strikeouts. Bobby Parnell pitched a perfect inning with two strikeouts; Francisco Rodriguez pitched an inning blowing a save by giving up three hits a run and a walk with a couple of strikeouts. Blaine Boyer picked up the save pitching an inning and giving up two hits and a run.
Niese had a great start especially after struggling early and Parnell showed what the Mets hope he will turn into a late inning weapon and maybe eventual closer. Rodriguez though after his problems last year wanted to get off to a good start and he did not make that happen. Boyer found a way to fight through his inning and get the job done.
Jose Reyes had a hit, Angel Pagan had a hit, and David Wright had a big game with three hits and two RBI. Carlos Beltran had a hit, Ike Davis had two hits a walk, and an RBI and Willie Harris had a hit and two RBI. Brad Emaus had a hit and young catcher Josh Thole had a big game with three hits and an RBI.
Davis and Harris hit doubles and Wright had the only homer for the Mets. The Mets were 3-13 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base. Pagan had a stolen base and Wright made an error.
The Marlins took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on Hanley Ramirez double, a walk, and a Logan Morrison two-run single. It stayed 2-0 until the fourth inning when Wright hit a solo homerun. Davis had an RBI double in the sixth inning to tie the score at two and then in the ninth inning Thole had an RBI single to give the Mets the short lived 3-2 lead.
The Marlins scored a run in the bottom of the ninth inning on three singles. The Mets bounced right back in the tenth inning and scored three runs on a Wright RBI single and a Harris two run double. The Marlins scored one run in the tenth but that was all they would get and the Mets secured the 6-4 victory.
The Mets and Marlins will play the rubber game of the series Sunday afternoon. R.A. Dickey will make the start for the Mets. The Mets will have Monday off and play a three game series in Philadelphia before coming home for the home opener on Friday afternoon against the Washington Nationals.
Dickey will have the honor of starting the home opener. The Mets showed a lot of guts and heart in this game and they will try and win the series now and get some confidence heading to Philadelphia.