August 29, 2011: Mets Complete Sweep of Marlins

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Date: August 29, 2011
Mets starter: Dillon Gee
Mets: 5
Marlins: 1
Winning pitcher: Dillon Gee
Key player(s): Angel Pagan, David Wright
Key play: Pagan’s single, Wright’s double

The Mets faced the Marlins in a doubleheader on a Monday evening at Citi Field. After winning the opener of the twinbill, the Mets aimed for a sweep in the nightcap. The Mets capped off the day with a 5-1 win over Florida.

Dillon Gee and the Marlins’ Ricky Nolasco each started the game with three scoreless innings pitched. Gee hurled a perfect top of the fourth and Ruben Tejada tripled to open the bottom half. David Wright reached on a two-base error by third baseman Greg Dobbs to drive home Tejada with the first run of the game. Lucas Duda and Angel Pagan were retired on consecutive fly balls to center fielder Bryan Petersen. Nolasco then struck out Nick Evans to end the inning.

After a scoreless fifth, Dobbs homered with one out in the top of the sixth to tie the game. Jose Lopez singled to left field and Petersen reached on an error by shortstop Jose Reyes. Gee fanned both Brett Hayes and Nolasco to close out the inning and Tejada got an infield single to begin the bottom half. Tejada moved around to third base on consecutive ground outs and scored the go-ahead run on a single by Pagan. Evans singled and Willie Harris followed with the Mets’ fourth single of the inning to bring home Pagan for a 3-1 New York lead. Nolasco then struck out Mike Nickeas to end the inning.

Mets’ relievers Pedro Beato and Manny Acosta combined for a scoreless top of the seventh. Reyes got a one-out single in the bottom half. Jose advanced to second base on Nolasco’s wild pitch and to third on Tejada’s ground out to second baseman Omar Infante. Wright doubled to drive home Reyes with the Mets’ fourth run. Marlins’ reliever Michael Dunn then retired Duda on a fly ball to Petersen for the inning’s final out.

Acosta struck out the side in order in the top of the eighth. With one out in the bottom of the inning, Evans hit a double against Florida’s Jose Ceda. Pinch-hitter Ronny Paulino lined out to first baseman Lopez and a single by Nickeas scored Evans. On his own hit, Nickeas was out at second base via a relay throw by Dobbs to Infante to end the inning.

Mets’ reliever Bobby Parnell retired Gaby Sanchez on a ground ball to third baseman Wright to begin the top of the ninth. Emilio Bonifacio got an infield single and Infante flied out to center fielder Pagan. Parnell then struck out Logan Morrison to bring the game to an end. The Mets had a sweep of the doubleheader.