Monday, August 29, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Mets 5, Marlins 1
By Adam Rubin
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WHAT IT MEANS: Jose Reyes played in his first major league game since pulling himself Aug. 7 with a left hamstring strain.
Reyes, who had appeared in three rehab games with Double-A Binghamton, went 1-for-4 and committed an error.
He quickly had to test the leg muscle, retreating for a second-inning bloop over his head off the bat of Bryan Petersen that ultimately fell in shallow left field for a single. In the sixth, Reyes dropped a throw at second base from Nick Evans, who was trying to initiate a double play, and was charged with an error as both runners were safe.
The Mets nonetheless swept the doubleheader and put 5½ games between themselves and the last-place Marlins.
After Manny Acosta recorded four outs, Bobby Parnell worked the ninth, as he did in Game 1 of the doubleheader. Parnell was deprived of his second save of the day -- and fourth of his career -- when Mike Nickeas' RBI single in the eighth scored Evans and extended the lead to four runs.
SECOND THAT: Ruben Tejada scored the first two Mets runs, each time giving the Amazin’s a lead.
Starting at second base, a position he will now share with Justin Turner with Reyes’ return, Tejada produced his first career major league triple in the fourth inning. Tejada then scored the opening run on David Wright's grounder to third base. Greg Dobbs fired the ball into the Mets' dugout. Wright reached second on the two-base error and was credited with an RBI.
Dobbs evened the score at 1 in the sixth on a solo homer off Dillon Gee.
But a half-inning later, Tejada beat out an infield single and scored on Angel Pagan's two-out bloop single to left-center. After Evans (2-for-4) singled, extending his hitting streak to five games, Willie Harris also singled to score Pagan and give the Mets a 3-1 lead.
Gee then departed. His line: 6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K. He threw 101 pitches (70 strikes).
Evans is 10-for-19 in his past five games.
Harris started in left field over Jason Bay, who is in a 2-for-41 rut. Bay, who was returning from a jammed right shoulder after a three-day respite, started Game 1.
Wright also picked up an RBI double in the seventh.
WHAT'S NEXT: The five-game series continues Tuesday with Mike Pelfrey (7-10, 4.60 ERA) opposing Marlins right-hander Javier Vazquez (7-11, 4.63).