The New York Mets (43-34) lost a heartbreaker to the Florida Marlins (37-40) tonight, losing in the bottom of the ninth on a walk-off single by Dan Uggla to give the Marlins a 7-6 win. It's the Mets second straight loss, and are now 0-6 against the Marlins when they play them on the road.
In the top of the first the Mets had back-to-back singles by Angel Pagan and David Wright. With Pagan on third, Jason Bay hit a sac fly to bring him in, to give the Mets an early 1-0 lead.
Ruben Tejada got things started in the top of third with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice by Hisanroi Takahashi. Jose Reyes then doubled to left field, scoring Tejada and advanced to third on the throw. Pagan then hit a sac fly to score Reyes, making it a 3-0 game.
Thing fell apart for Takahashi and the Mets in the bottom of the third. Takahashi got the first two out, but then gave up a single to the opposing pitch Nate Robertson. Thing imploded for him from there. He walked Chris Coghlan, gave up a singled to Gaby Sanchez, and then a grand slam to Hanley Ramirez. Just like that the Marlins had a 4-3 lead. The Marlins weren't done though. Jorge Cantu followed with a double and then Uggla hit a two-run home run off the rattled Takahashi, giving the Marlins a 6-3 lead.
Takahashi kept pushing though, and went 5.2 innings, giving up six runs on nine hits, two walks, and struck out two. He didn't get the loss, but his ERA jumped from 3.78 to 4.24.
In the top of the seventh Fernando Tatis broke his 0-20 streak with a bloop double, that should have been caught. Uggla went out for the ball and had it lined up, but Mike Stanton called him off, and then missed the ball. Jeff Francoeur followed with a singled and the Mets had runners on first and third with no one out. Tejada grounded into a fielders choice, beating out a double play, bringing in Tatis from third to make it a 6-4 game. Ike Davis pinch hit but struck out against the left handed Taylor Tankersley. The next batter Reyes struck out against Jose Veras to end the inning.
Leo Nunez came on to earn his 17th save, but he ended up blowing his fourth save opportunity of the year. Rod Barajas singled down the left field line to start the inning and then Chris Carter hit a pinch hit double to right field. Francoeur grounded out to second base, scoring Barajas from third, and moving Alex Cora, who pinch ran for Carter, to third. In a debatable move, Jerry Manuel pinch hit for Tejada with Josh Thole. Tejada was 2-3 going into that at-bat, but Manuel went with Thole, who puts the ball in play and is more likely to pull the ball to the right side. Thole made Manuel look good, singled pass the drawn in infield, scoring Cora to tie the game at 6-6.
With Francisco Rodriguez out of the game, the Mets went with Pedro Feliciano to pitch the bottom of the ninth. Feliciano struck out Emilio Bonifacio and Ramirez to start the ninth. However, things fell apart for Mets pitching with two outs again. Cantu doubled to right-center field, and then Uggla singled up the middle past the diving Reyes, bringing in Cantu to win the game 7-6. The Marlins scored all of their seven runs tonight with two outs.
- The MVP of the game goes to Dan Uggla. He went 2-5 with a two-run home run and a walk-off RBI single.
- The Mets got a real team effort time, with everyone contributing in some way. David Wright went 3-4 at the plate, bringing up his average to .310, but didn't drive in any runs, and had some poor base running. No real stand out MVP from today's game.
The Mets will try to avoid the sweep, as they take on the Marlins in the final game of this series at San Juan. The Mets will send Mike Pelfrey (10-2, 2.71 ERA) to the mound, who is looking for his 11th win of the season. The Marlins counter with Chris Volstad (4-6, 4.39 ERA), who is looking to bounce back from a tough loss. Game time is set for 7:10 and will be aired on SNY.
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