Saturday, April 6, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Mets 7, Marlins 3
By Kieran Darcy
WHAT IT MEANS: The Mets are back over .500, after yet another strong start and some timely hitting.
Trailing by a run on two separate occasions, they came from behind to defeat the Marlins on Saturday, 7-3.
The Mets improve to 3-2 on the season. The Marlins fall to 1-4.
FIVE ALIVE: The Mets have played five games and gotten five quality starts from their pitching staff. Jonathon Niese went six innings in his second outing of the year, giving up two runs on eight hits.
The Marlins scored a run in the first inning -- Juan Pierre hit a leadoff single, and eventually came around to score on a Greg Dobbs single. The second run off Niese, in the fifth inning, was unearned -- Ruben Tejada's error on a double-play relay throw allowed Placido Polanco to score.
Niese left with a 3-2 lead, in line for his second win of the year, but the bullpen couldn't hold it. Scott Atchison gave up a leadoff single to Pierre in the seventh, and he came around to score when Josh Edgin gave up a two-out single by Dobbs, tying the game at 3.
Brandon Lyon pitched a scoreless eighth and got the victory. Bobby Parnell retired three in a row in the ninth.
BUCK WILD: The Mets had that 3-2 lead through six thanks to John Buck. He knocked in the team's first run of the game in the bottom of the first, on a sacrifice fly. Then in the sixth, after back-to-back singles by David Wright and Ike Davis, Buck drove both home with a double, giving the Mets a 3-2 lead.
Buck also drove the Mets' sixth run of the game, on another sacrifice fly. He is now 8-for-18 on the season, with nine RBIs.
SEVENTH HEAVEN: The Mets took the lead for good in the bottom of the seventh. Mike Baxter walked to lead off the inning, stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by Marlins catcher Miguel Olivo. Daniel Murphy then drove Baxter home with a triple, putting the Mets in front, 4-3.
Wright singled home Murphy, and he eventually scored on Buck's sac fly to make it 6-3. Collin Cowgill, a late-inning defensive replacement, hit a solo home run in the eighth to round out the scoring.
Baxter, making his first start of the season, was on base three times -- a single and two walks. Wright went 3-for-4, with three singles. And Davis, who was 1-for-16 on the season entering the game, was 2-for-3 with a walk (intentional).
WHAT'S NEXT: The rubber game of the series, and the final game of this six-game homestand to start the season. Aaron Laffey makes his Mets debut, while 20-year-old Jose Fernandez makes his major league debut for the Marlins. First pitch is at 1:10 p.m.