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By Gary W. Marchese Jr.
Miami, FL (Sept 7) – The New York Mets defeated the Florida Marlins by the score of 1-0 on Wednesday evening. R.A. Dickey started for the Mets and pitched a gem. The offense was nonexistent. Jason Bay was the only player with multi hits and the Mets only managed five hits all together.
Dickey pitched seven innings giving up four hits and no runs. He walked three and struck out three. Dickey improved to 8-11 on the season with the win. Drew Stinson pitched an inning giving up a hit and striking out one and Manny Acosta pitched an inning striking out two earning his first save.
Jose Reyes had a hit and two walks, Ruben Tejada had a walk and Lucas Duda had a hit and an RBI. David Wright had a walk, Bay had two hits and Mike Nickeas had a hit and a walk. Duda and Bay each had a double. The Mets were 1-10 with runners in scoring position and they left eight men on base. Wright and Tejada made errors and Nickeas had a passed ball.
The Mets took a 1-0 lead in the first inning and it stood up. Duda had an RBI double. The Mets played their 146th and final game at Sun Life Stadium which has been renamed so many times over the years. The Mets have not fared particularly well in the Marlins ballpark and will not be sad to see the place go.
The Marlins are set to open up a retractable roof stadium next season. They finished 74-72 all-time at the multipurpose stadium. The Miami Dolphins the football team also plays there. The Marlins have won two World Series since 1993 and the Mets are still looking for their first since 1986. The Mets improved their record to 70-71. They will head home to play a doubleheader against the Atlanta Braves on Thursday weather permitting as New York has been hammered again by rain. The Mets will then play the Cubs for three and the Nationals for four all at home. This will end up being a nine game home stand.