April 3, 2011: Mets Roll to Win Over Marlins

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Date: April 3, 2011
Mets starter: R. A. Dickey
Mets: 9
Marlins: 2
Winning pitcher: R. A. Dickey
Key player(s): Willie Harris, Ike Davis
Key play: Harris’s and Davis’s home runs

The Mets faced the Marlins on a Sunday afternoon in Miami. The teams played the finale of a season-opening three-game series. The Mets scored seven runs over the first three innings and cruised to a 9-2 win over Florida.

Jose Reyes doubled against Marlins’ starter Javier Vazquez to lead off the top of the first. Willie Harris followed with a home run to give the Mets a 2-0 lead. David Wright drew a walk and a single by Ike Davis followed. On Davis’s hit, Wright was out via a throw by right fielder Scott Cousins to third baseman Emilio Bonifacio. Angel Pagan walked and Lucas Duda hit a force play ground ball to first baseman Gaby Sanchez. On the play, shortstop Hanley Ramirez made an error that allowed Davis to come home with the Mets’ third run. Vazquez retired Daniel Murphy on a fly ball to left fielder Logan Morrison for the third out. Mets’ starter R. A. Dickey then pitched a perfect bottom half.

After a scoreless second, Davis slugged a solo home run against Vazquez with one out in the top of the third. Pagan drew a walk and Duda singled to right field. Daniel Murphy followed with a ground-rule double to drive home Pagan and an intentional walk to Josh Thole loaded the bases. Facing Florida reliever Edward Mujica, Dickey reached on third baseman Bonifacio’s throwing error that brought home both Duda and Daniel Murphy for a 7-0 Mets lead. Reyes popped out to Ramirez and a walk to Harris loaded the bases once again. Mujica then got Wright on a force play grounder to Ramirez for the inning’s final out.

Cousins drew a walk to open the bottom of the third. Pinch-hitter Donnie Murphy popped out to second baseman Daniel Murphy and a wild pitch moved Cousins to second base. Chris Coghlan drew a walk as Cousins advanced to third on catcher Thole’s passed ball. Omar Infante followed with a sacrifice fly to score Cousins with the first run of the game for the Fish. Dickey then struck out Ramirez to end the inning.

Dickey and Marlins’ reliever Brian Sanches each pitched scoreless ball from the fourth inning to the sixth. Sanches shut down the Mets again in the top of the seventh and Infante got a two-out single against New York’s Chris Capuano in the bottom half. Ramirez singled and a single by Sanchez brought home Infante. Morrison drew a walk that loaded the bases. Mets’ reliever D. J. Carrasco then struck out John Buck to finish off the inning.

Chin-lung Hu reached on an error by Florida reliever Randy Choate to lead off the top of the eighth. Reyes hit a single and Harris followed with a force play ground ball to Bonifacio. Harris stole second base and Wright was walked intentionally to load the bases. Davis took a called third strike and Pagan drew a walk to force home Hu. Pinch-hitter Scott Hairston reached on a fielder’s choice grounder to plate Harris with the Mets’ ninth run of the game. Choate retired pinch-hitter Carlos Beltran on an inning-ending line drive to Cousins. Mets’ reliever Tim Byrdak then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

Florida reliever Ryan Webb gave up just a double to Thole in the top of the ninth. For the Mets, reliever Taylor Buchholz struck out Ramirez to begin the bottom of the inning. Sanchez singled and Morrison drew a walk. Buck was retired on a ground ball to third baseman Wright. Buchholz then got Bonifacio to line out to left fielder Harris and end the game. The Mets had a victory to close out the first series of the season.