Sunday, July 24, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Marlins 5, Mets 4
By Adam Rubin
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WHAT IT MEANS: David Wright produced his third straight two-RBI game since returning from the disabled list. His two-run homer in the seventh inning off Anibal Sanchez gave the Mets a one-run lead. However, Logan Morrison tied the score with a solo homer and John Buck delivered a go-ahead pinch-hit RBI single later in the eighth, both off Bobby Parnell, as Florida rallied for the rubber-game victory, 5-4.
Wright matched a career high, done four previous times, by driving in two or more runs in a third straight game.
The Mets dipped below .500 at 50-51.
FEELING THE HEAT: Angel Pagan departed in the fifth inning and was replaced by Jason Pridie in center field. Pagan was suffering from dehydration, the team announced.
OH, GEE: Dillon Gee fell short in his first attempt at becoming the 10th rookie in franchise history to reach 10 wins. The next crack for Gee, who had a no-decision, comes Friday at Washington.
Only six Mets rookie have reached 10 wins as a starter: Tom Seaver (16-12 in starts in 1967), Jerry Koosman (19-12, 1968), Gary Gentry (13-12, 1969), Jon Matlack (14-10, 1972), Dwight Gooden (17-9, 1984) and Ron Darling (12-9, 1984), according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Hisanori Takahashi was the last Met to reach 10 wins as a rookie, last season, when he split duty between starting and relief.
Gee was charged with three runs on seven hits while walking three, striking out three and hitting a batter in five innings. He threw 96 pitches.
BAY WATCH: After going hitless in his first two at-bats to drop his rut to 4-for-his-last-43, Jason Bay delivered a run-scoring single in the sixth to pull the Mets within 3-2. It was Bay's second RBI in his past 13 games. Pridie had sacrifice bunted Wright and Daniel Murphy ahead a base to set up Bay's at-bat with two runners in scoring position.
MURPHY'S FLAW: Murphy missed two foul pop-ups at first base. He was charged with an error on the latter drop, on Omar Infante's pop in the seventh, although Manny Acosta recovered to strike out Infante.
WHAT'S NEXT: Cincinnati's economy gets a boost as the Mets -- and a bevy of scouts -- head to the city. R.A. Dickey (4-8, 3.80 ERA) opposes Mike Leake (8-5, 4.11) in Monday's series opener, followed by matchups of Jon Niese and Johnny Cueto on Tuesday, Mike Pelfrey and Bronson Arroyo on Wednesday, and Chris Capuano and Homer Bailey on Thursday.