April 25, 2012: Wright Sets Mark in Win Over Marlins

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Date: April 25, 2012
Mets starter: R. A. Dickey
Mets: 5
Marlins: 1
Winning pitcher: R. A. Dickey
Key player(s): David Wright, R. A. Dickey, Mike Baxter
Key play: Wright’s home run, Baxter’s double

The Mets faced the Marlins on a Wednesday night at Citi Field. The teams met up for the second time in a three-game series. David Wright became the Mets’ all-time leader in runs batted in as the team defeated Miami, 5-1.

R. A. Dickey and the Marlins’ Mark Buehrle each pitched four scoreless innings to start the game. With one out in the top of the fifth, Omar Infante homered to give the Fish a one-run lead. Gaby Sanchez hit a double and John Buck grounded back to Dickey for the second out. Buehrle went down on strikes to close out the inning and shut down the Mets in the bottom half. Dickey then hurled a perfect top of the sixth.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis was hit by a pitch to begin the top of the sixth inning. Ruben Tejada flied out to center fielder Emilio Bonifacio and a force play grounder by Daniel Murphy ensued. Wright hit a two-run homer (breaking Darryl Strawberry’s team record for RBIs) to put the Mets in front. Lucas Duda singled to center field. Buehrle then struck out Scott Hairston to end the inning.

Dickey and Buehrle each pitched a scoreless seventh. In the top of the eighth, Jose Reyes got a one-out single against Mets’ reliever Jon Rauch. Bonifacio flied out to left fielder Hairston. Hanley Ramirez then took a called third strike from reliever Bobby Parnell for the inning’s final out.

Tejada doubled against Miami reliever Mike Dunn with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning. Murphy was called out on strikes and Wright was given an intentional walk. Duda singled to score Tejada and extend the Mets’ lead to 3-1. Facing the Marlins’ Ryan Webb, pinch-hitter Mike Baxter hit a double that brought home Wright and Duda. Webb then retired Ike Davis on an inning-ending line drive to Bonifacio.

Logan Morrison got a leadoff single against Mets’ reliever Tim Byrdak in the top of the ninth. Manny Acosta came in to pitch for New York and struck out Giancarlo Stanton. Infante followed with an infield single. Acosta then got Sanchez to hit a ground ball to third baseman Wright for a double play that ended the game. The Mets had their second straight victory over the Fish.