May 12, 2012: Mets Fillet Fish in Miami

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Date: May 12, 2012
Mets starter: R. A. Dickey
Mets: 9
Marlins: 3
Winning pitcher: R. A. Dickey
Key player(s): R. A. Dickey, David Wright, Andres Torres
Key play: Wright’s home run, Torres’ two-run single

The Mets faced the Marlins on a Saturday afternoon in Miami. The teams played the second of three games in a series at Marlins Park. The Mets scored in seven of the nine innings en route to a 9-3 win.

Andres Torres and Kirk Nieuwenhuis drew back-to-back walks to open the top of the first inning. David Wright singled to drive home Torres with the first run of the game. Lucas Duda hit a ground ball to second baseman Omar Infante for a double play. Marlins’ starter Ricky Nolasco issued a walk to Daniel Murphy and threw a called third strike past Ike Davis to end the inning. Mets’ starter R. A. Dickey then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Nolasco held the Mets to a single by Dickey in a scoreless top of the second. Logan Morrison and Giancarlo Stanton began the bottom of the inning with consecutive singles. Gaby Sanchez singled to drive home Morrison. On the play, Stanton was caught in a rundown and tagged out by Dickey. Emilio Bonifacio fouled out to third baseman Wright. Dickey then got Brett Hayes on an inning-ending fly ball to left fielder Nieuwenhuis.

Wright homered with one out in the top of the third to give the Mets a 2-1 lead. Duda went down on strikes and Murphy grounded out to third baseman Hanley Ramirez to end the inning. Dickey shut down the Fish in the bottom half and Ronny Cedeno got a one-out single in the top of the fourth. Mike Nickeas singled and Dickey’s sacrifice bunt advanced the runners to second and third base. Torres reached on catcher Hayes’ interference to load the bases. A single by Nieuwenhuis plated Cedeno with the Mets’ third run. Nolasco got Wright on a force play ground ball to shortstop Jose Reyes for the third out. Dickey then hurled a scoreless bottom of the inning

Duda singled to lead off the top of the fifth. Murphy hit a single that sent Duda to third base and moved to second on Davis’s ground out to Hayes. On Cedeno’s ensuing grounder, Duda was out at home via a throw by Infante to Hayes. Nickeas was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Nolasco also hit Dickey with a pitch to force home Murphy. Torres followed with a single that drove home Cedeno and Nickeas for a 6-1 Mets lead. Miami reliever Mike Dunn got Nieuwenhuis on a called third strike to close out the inning. Dickey then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Wright got a leadoff single in the top of the sixth inning. David moved to third base on Duda’s single and scored on a single by Murphy. Dunn struck out Davis and Marlins’ reliever Chad Gaudin got Cedeno on a force play grounder to second baseman Donnie Murphy (who had replaced Infante.) Nickeas then grounded back to Gaudin for the inning’s final out.

Morrison singled with one out in the bottom of the sixth. Stanton doubled to drive home Morrison with the second Miami run of the game. Sanchez lined out to center fielder Torres and a walk to Bonifacio ensued. Dickey then got Hayes on a line drive to first baseman Davis to end the inning.

Gaudin shut down the Mets in the top of the seventh. New York reliever Manny Acosta struck out Donnie Murphy to begin the bottom half. Reyes singled and advanced to second base on pinch-hitter Austin Kearns’ ground out to Wright. Ramirez hit a double to score Reyes and reduce the Mets’ lead to 7-3. Tim Byrdak then came in to pitch for the Mets and got Morrison on a called third strike to close out the inning.

Duda hit a double against Miami reliever Ryan Webb to open the top of the eighth. Daniel Murphy singled to send Duda to third base. Davis hit a grounder on which first baseman Sanchez threw to Hayes for an out at home on Duda. Daniel Murphy stole third base and scored on Cedeno’s ground out to Donnie Murphy. Webb struck out Nickeas to end the inning. Mets’ reliever Bobby Parnell then hooked in all three Fish that came to bat in the bottom half.

Pinch-hitter Mike Baxter doubled against the Marlins’ Steve Cishek to lead off the top of the ninth inning. Torres popped out to Sanchez and a fly ball by Nieuwenhuis was caught by right fielder Stanton. Baxter moved to third base on a wild pitch and scored the Mets’ ninth run on a single by Wright. Cishek then got Duda on an inning-ending fly ball to left fielder Kearns.

Mets’ reliever D. J. Carrasco retired pinch-hitter Kevin Mattison on a grounder to Davis to start the bottom of the ninth. Donnie Murphy went down on strikes. Reyes and Kearns followed with back-to-back singles to center field. Carrasco then got Ramirez to pop out to second baseman Daniel Murphy and end the game. The Mets had their first victory ever at the new ballpark in Miami.