Rapid Reaction: Marlins 8, Mets 5
July, 23, 2011
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com
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WHAT IT MEANS: David Wright drove in two runs for the second straight game since returning from the disabled list and Justin Turner and Carlos Beltran reached base four times apiece, but the Mets nonetheless slipped to .500 at 50-50 with a 8-5 loss to the Florida Marlins.
FIVE AND DIVE: Chris Capuano struck out the side in the first inning and took a scoreless effort into the sixth, when things unraveled. Emilio Bonifacio extended his hitting streak to 22 games with a swinging-bunt single to lead off the frame. He scored on Omar Infante’s triple to the right-center gap. Gaby Sanchez then launched the first of his pair of two-run homers as the Marlins grabbed a 3-2 lead. Logan Morrison added a solo homer with two out to make it a four-run sixth inning.
Florida opened a comfortable 7-3 lead an inning later when Wright committed an error for the second straight game, which allowed a run to score, and Sanchez followed with a two-run homer off D.J. Carrasco. Ryota Igarashi allowed a run in the eighth.
Lucas Duda and Jose Reyes homered on consecutive pitches to open the ninth off Leo Nuñez to pull the Mets within three runs. Duda homered for the first time in 117 at-bats this season.
Both of Wright's errors might have been averted. Replays showed Daniel Murphy actually had recovered after receiving Friday’s wide throw to touch the bag in time, but the runner was ruled safe. Saturday, Murphy failed to knock down the multi-hop throw that was wide after Wright had made a diving stop of a groundball.
WRIGHT STUFF: Wright's bases-loaded, two-out single in the fifth against Clay Hensley scored Reyes and Turner and had given the Mets a 2-0 lead. Wright now has four RBIs in two games since returning from a stress fracture in his lower back that had sidelined him since May 15. He produced two RBIs in consecutive games for the first time since Sept. 28-29, 2010, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
Wright now has 39 RBIs against the Marlins in Miami. That trails only his 45 RBIs against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.
REACHES: Beltran and Turner both reached base in their first four plate appearances.
Turner went 3-for-4 with a walk and two doubles.
Beltran walked three times, then produced an RBI single off Burke Badenhop in the seventh to pull the Mets within 4-3. Beltran grounded out in the ninth.
Reyes stole his first base since returning from the disabled list for a hamstring injury.
CAM DO: Mike Cameron may have entered the game hitting only .138 in 11 games as a Marlin, but he still has defensive skills. Cameron, manning center field, made a highlight-reel diving catch in left-center in the fourth to rob Murphy of a potential extra-base hit.
WHAT’S NEXT: The Mets wrap up the first leg of their three-city trip Sunday when Dillon Gee (9-3, 3.67 ERA) opposes right-hander Anibal Sanchez (6-3, 3.52). Then it’s off to Cincinnati for four games, followed by Washington for three.