WHAT IT MEANS: Bobby Parnell blew his second save in his past three chances, surrendering a game-tying two-run double to ex-Met Mike Cameron with two out in the ninth.
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But Nick Evans bailed out the Mets with a tiebreaking RBI single in the 12th. Jose Reyes added an RBI single and Lucas Duda walked with the bases loaded to face in another run as the Mets beat the Marlins, 7-4.
Reyes (3-for-6, walk) upped his average to .334, retaking the NL batting lead from Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun (.333).
Evans also had delivered go-ahead run-scoring singles in the sixth and eighth innings.
Josh Stinson pitched the bottom of the 12th for his first major league save. The game opened in a 74-minute rain delay.
“We’ve faced some pretty good pitching, and he’s taking some pretty good swings,” Terry Collins said about Evans. “… I thought in the last two weeks Nick’s played and swung the bat just like I hoped he would.”
Evans has started 12 of the Mets’ past 13 games at first base, but he continues to prepare for a 2012 role as a utility player.
“One of the things Nick has done, and I salute him, is he realizes what his role may be -- and that is those four corners that he’s got to play,” Collins said. “And so, if you watch, he’ll take his early work at third base. He’s early, at 2 o’clock. He’s in the outfield with Mookie (Wilson) working in right field and left field. So he understands that, yeah, right now he’s playing first base. But he knows that if he’s going to stick here, it’s probably going to be as a guy who can play around.”
ANGEL BEDEVILED: Angel Pagan mishandled Emilio Bonifacio’s single to center field in the seventh for an error that allowed Bonifacio to reach second base. Greg Dobbs then plated Bonifacio with a two-out double against Manny Acosta in the seventh that evened the score at 2. The run was unearned, although Acosta’s seven-inning scoreless streak nonetheless was snapped.
Pagan did deliver a two-out RBI double in the ninth to up the Mets' lead to 4-2 before Parnell’s meltdown. And Pagan singled and scored on Evans’ RBI in the 12th after Jason Bay’s double advanced him to third.
BATTY: Miguel Batista worked out of bases-loaded, one-out jams in consecutive innings and Jason Isringhausen did the same in the eighth as the Mets averted danger each time.
After notching his 100th career win in his Mets debut last week against Florida, Batista this time received a no-decision in his second start with the club.
The Marlins had loaded the bases in the fourth and fifth innings, but each time Batista escaped. In the latter frame, Evans fielded a would-be double-play grounder, stepped on first to retire Logan Morrison, then threw toward second base trying to get lead runner Gaby Sanchez as well. Evans’ throw struck Sanchez in the back for an error that allowed the Marlin to reach third base. Batista then issued a pair of walks, but retired Brett Hayes on a double play to wriggle free.
Isringhausen walked the bases loaded in the eighth, but struck out Jose Lopez and Bonifacio to preserve a 3-2 lead.
WHAT’S NEXT: The Mets play their final game at Sun Life Stadium on Wednesday at 5:10 p.m. as R.A. Dickey (7-11, 3.60 ERA) opposes Marlins left-hander Brad Hand (1-5, 4.23). Hand replaced veteran Clay Hensley in the rotation with Florida out of contention. The Marlins move to a new 37,000-seat stadium with a retractable roof in Little Havana next season. The Mets are 73-72 all time at the Marlins’ current home entering their final game at the ballpark.