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By Gary W. Marchese Jr.
Miami, FL (July 23) – The New York Mets defeated the Florida Marlins by the score of 7-6 on Friday night. Mike Pelfrey started for the Mets and did not pitch very well. The Mets lineup looks almost like they envisioned it at the beginning of the season. Wright made his return and had a couple of doubles in the game.
Pelfrey pitched six innings giving up five hits and four runs. He walked four and struck out three. Pedro Beato pitched 1/3 of an inning giving up one hit and one run with two walks; Tim Byrdak pitched 1/3 of an inning and retired the only batter that he faced. Bobby Parnell picked up the win pitching 1 1/3 innings giving up one hit and one run with a walk and a strikeout. Jason Isringhausen picked up his second save of the season pitching a perfect inning with a strikeout.
Jose Reyes had two hits, Justin Turner had a hit and two walks and Carlos Beltran had a hit, RBI and a walk. Wright had two hits and two RBI, Daniel Murphy had two hits, two RBI and a walk and Angel Pagan had a hit, RBI and a walk. Lucas Duda had two hits, a walk, Ronny Paulino had a hit, and an RBI and Pelfrey had a walk. Wright had two doubles, Reyes and Murphy each had one. The Mets were 4-16 with runners in scoring position and they left 13 men on base. Wright did make a throwing error.
In the first inning, the Mets jumped out to a 3-0 lead. Wright had an RBI double, Murphy had an RBI single and Pagan had a sacrifice fly. The Marlins cut it to 3-1 in the bottom of the first on a Logan Morrison ground out. In the bottom of the second inning, Mike Stanton hit a solo homerun to make it 3-2 Mets. In the bottom of the third, Omar Infante had a single and the run scored on the throw. It was a 3-3 game. In the top of the fourth, the Mets regained the lead on a Beltran RBI single. In the bottom of the sixth Gaby Sanchez hit a solo homerun to tie the game at four.
In the seventh inning, Paulino hit a sacrifice fly making it 5-4 Mets. In the bottom of the inning, the Marlins tied the game again on a Morrison sacrifice fly. In the eighth inning Wright had an RBI double and Murphy had an RBI double to make it 7-5. Greg Dobbs had an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth to make it 7-6 and that would be the final score.
The Mets and Marlins will play game two of their three game series on Saturday night. Chris Capuano will be pitching opposite of Clay Hensley. The Mets record now stands at 50-49, they are in third place in the NL East.