April 6, 2013: Buck Leads Mets Past Marlins

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Date: April 6, 2013
Mets starter: Jonathon Niese
Mets: 7
Marlins: 3
Winning pitcher: Brandon Lyon
Key player(s): John Buck, Daniel Murphy
Key play: Buck’s sacrifice flies and double, Murphy’s triple

The Mets faced the Marlins on a Saturday afternoon at Citi Field. The teams played the second of three games in a weekend series. John Buck drove in four runs in a 7-3 Mets win over Miami.

Juan Pierre singled against Mets’ starter Jonathon Niese to lead off the top of the first inning. Pierre moved to second base on Placido Polanco’s ground out to third baseman David Wright and to third after Giancarlo Stanton’s fly out to right fielder Mike Baxter. Greg Dobbs hit a single to score Pierre for a 1-0 Marlins lead. Niese retired Justin Ruggiano on a pop-up to second baseman Daniel Murphy for the third out and Baxter drew a leadoff walk in the bottom half. Murphy went down on strikes and Wright singled to center field. Ike Davis hit a single to load the bases and Buck followed with a sacrifice fly that brought home Baxter with the tying run. Miami starter Ricky Nolasco then got Lucas Duda to pop out to shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria and finish off the inning.

Niese and Nolasco each pitched scoreless ball from the second inning to the fourth. Polanco and Stanton got back-to-back singles with one out in the top of the fifth. Dobbs hit a force play ground ball to Murphy after which shortstop Ruben Tejada made a throwing error that allowed Polanco to come home and give the Fish a 2-1 lead. Ruggiano grounded out to Tejada to end the inning. Nolasco then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Niese shut down the Marlins in the top of the sixth. With one out in the bottom of the inning, Wright singled and advanced to third base on a single by Davis. Buck hit a double to drive home Wright and Davis for a 3-2 Mets lead. Nolasco issued a walk to Duda and Miami reliever Ryan Webb got Kirk Nieuwenhuis to hit a force play grounder to first baseman Dobbs. Webb then retired Tejada on a fly ball to center fielder Ruggiano to close out the inning.

Pierre hit a leadoff single against Mets’ reliever Scott Atchison in the top of the seventh. Polanco flied out to left fielder Duda and a ground out by Stanton back to Atchison moved Pierre to second base. Dobbs followed with a single off New York’s Josh Edgin that scored Pierre and tied the game. After crossing the plate, Pierre ran into catcher Buck and was called for interference of John’s throwing attempt. An out was called on Dobbs (who was heading to second) on the play to end the inning.

Baxter drew a one-out walk in the bottom of the seventh. With Murphy at the plate, Baxter stole second base and went to third on catcher Miguel Olivo’s throwing error. Murphy hit a triple to bring home Baxter and put the Mets ahead. Wright singled to score Murphy with the fifth New York run of the game. David stole second and moved to third on another throwing error by Olivo. Davis was given an intentional walk. Buck hit a sacrifice fly to plate Wright (John’s fourth RBI) and increase the Mets’ lead to 6-3. Webb then retired Duda on a ground ball to second baseman Donovan Solano for the inning’s final out.

Mets’ reliever Brandon Lyon held the Fish to a single by Olivo in the top of the eighth. With two outs in the bottom half, Collin Cowgill homered against the Marlins’ Chad Qualls for the seventh New York run. Qualls got Baxter on a grounder to Solano to close out the inning and the Mets’ Bobby Parnell struck out pinch-hitter Chris Coghlan to begin the top of the ninth. Pierre was retired on a ground ball to Tejada. Polanco hit a grounder that caromed off Parnell’s glove to Tejada. Ruben threw to first baseman Davis for the out that ended the game. The Mets had their third victory of the season.