Friday, July 22, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Mets 7, Marlins 6
By Adam Rubin
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WHAT IT MEANS: David Wright’s first major league game since May 15 ended with the third baseman producing two doubles and two RBIs, including driving in the go-ahead run in the eighth.
Wright’s tiebreaking eighth-inning double off Marlins reliever Edward Mujica scored Justin Turner from first base. Daniel Murphy followed with a single off Randy Choate that scored Wright. The Mets held on for a 7-6 win to move a game over .500 at 50-49.
Wright also produced an RBI double during a three-run first inning. He finished 2-for-5 with two RBIs and an eighth-inning throwing error (although Murphy appeared to touch the bag before the runner after receiving the wide throw). Between his two-baggers, Wright did leave a runner on third base in three straight at-bats -- on a pair of strikeouts as well as a fourth-inning flyout that was too shallow for Turner to tag.
Bobby Parnell surrendered a run in the eighth, but struck out Emilio Bonifacio looking to strand the potential tying run at third base. Jason Isringhausen notched his 295th career save and second since the departure of Francisco Rordiguez.
SOUTH BEACHED: Mike Pelfrey surrendered solo homers to Mike Stanton and Gaby Sanchez while allowing four runs on five hits and four walks in six innings. Pelfrey nonetheless was in position for the win when Ronny Paulino delivered a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh, which gave the Mets a 5-4 lead.
However, Pelfrey ultimately received a no-decision. A half-inning after Paulino’s RBI, Pedro Beato loaded the bases -- with consecutive Marlins reaching via walk. Tim Byrdak then entered and surrendered a sacrifice fly to Logan Morrison that drew the Marlins even.
Pelfrey remained winless in seven career road starts in Miami and remained 4-14 in his career on the road against NL East opponents.
STREAKING: Bonifacio extended his hitting streak to 21 games with a leadoff single in the bottom of the first. Bonifacio stole second and eventually scored on Morrison’s groundout for the first run against Pelfrey.
SLOPPY: Lucas Duda, starting in left field with Jason Bay missing a second straight start with hamstring difficulty, cleanly field Omar Infante’s third-inning single. But Duda took his time returning the ball to the infield and allowed Bonifacio to score all the way from first base. Bonifacio had faked out Duda by slowing up at third. The run tied the score at 3.
WHAT’S NEXT: Chris Capuano (8-9, 4.16 ERA) opposes Marlins right-hander Clay Hensley (1-2, 2.70 ERA) at 7:10 p.m. Saturday.