April 26, 2012: Comeback in 9th Sweeps Fish

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Date: April 26, 2012
Mets starter: Jonathon Niese
Mets: 3
Marlins: 2
Winning pitcher: Ramon Ramirez
Key player(s): Justin Turner, Kirk Nieuwenhuis
Key play: Turner’s walk, Nieuwenhuis’s RBI single

The Mets faced the Marlins on a Thursday afternoon at Citi Field. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets scored two runs in the ninth inning for a 3-2 win over Miami that completed a series sweep.

Mets’ starter Jonathon Niese pitched a perfect top of the first. Kirk Nieuwenhuis tripled against the Marlins’ Ricky Nolasco to lead off the bottom of the inning. Ruben Tejada followed with a sacrifice fly to score Nieuwenhuis for a 1-0 Mets lead. Daniel Murphy grounded out to second baseman Omar Infante and a double by David Wright ensued. Nolasco then retired Lucas Duda on a ground ball to third baseman Hanley Ramirez for the third out.

Niese set down the Fish in order in the top of the second. Nolasco hurled a scoreless bottom half and Gaby Sanchez homered to begin the top of the third. Niese retired the next three Miami batters and Nolasco retired the Mets 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning. Jonathon retired the Fish in order once again in the top of the fourth. Josh Thole hit a two-out single in the bottom half. Nolasco then got Jordany Valdespin to fly out to center fielder Emilio Bonifacio and end the inning.

Infante hit a double to open the top of the fifth. Giancarlo Stanton singled to send Infante to third base. Sanchez followed with a double play ground ball to second baseman Murphy on which Infante came home for a 2-1 Marlins lead. Niese threw a called third strike past Brett Hayes to close out the inning and Nieuwenhuis singled with one out in the bottom half. Nolasco then got Tejada to hit a grounder to shortstop Jose Reyes for a double play that ended the inning.

Niese and Nolasco each pitched scoreless sixth and seventh innings. Hayes got a bunt single against Mets’ reliever Ramon Ramirez with one out in the top of the eighth. Hayes stole second base and moved to third on a single by pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs. Ramirez got Reyes on a grounder to first baseman Ike Davis for an inning-ending double play. Miami reliever Randy Choate then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

Ramirez retired the side in order in the top of the ninth. Wright drew a leadoff walk against the Marlins’ Heath Bell in the bottom of the inning. Duda grounded out to first baseman Sanchez and consecutive walks to Davis and Thole loaded the bases. After fouling off a total of six two-strike pitches, pinch-hitter Justin Turner drew a walk to force home Wright and tie the game at 2-2. Scott Hairston hit a grounder on which Sanchez threw to catcher Hayes for an out at home on Davis. Nieuwenhuis delivered a single over the head of right fielder Stanton to score Thole with the winning run. The Mets had an exciting victory and a three-game series sweep.