September 1, 2011: Four-Run 3rd Leads Mets Past Fish

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Date: September 1, 2011
Mets starter: Miguel Batista
Mets: 7
Marlins: 5
Winning pitcher: Miguel Batista
Key player(s): David Wright, Lucas Duda
Key play: Wright’s single, Duda’s walk and double

The Mets faced the Marlins on a Thursday night at Citi Field. The teams played the finale of a five-game series. The Mets scored four runs in the third inning and defeated Florida, 7-5.

Emilio Bonifacio singled to lead off the top of the first. Bonifacio stole second base and advanced to third after Omar Infante’s fly out to right fielder Lucas Duda. Greg Dobbs drew a walk and Giancarlo Stanton hit a sacrifice fly to drive home Bonifacio. Logan Morrison walked and Mets’ starter Miguel Batista retired Gaby Sanchez on a ground ball to shortstop Jose Reyes for the third out. Florida’s Clay Hensley then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Brett Hayes got an infield single with one out in the top of the second. Hayes moved to second base on Hensley’s sacrifice bunt and scored the Marlins’ second run on a double by Bonifacio. Batista retired Infante on a fly ball to center fielder Angel Pagan to close out the inning and Hensley set down the Mets in order in the bottom half. To open the top of the third, Dobbs and Stanton got back-to-back singles. Morrison grounded to second baseman Ruben Tejada for a double play. Batista then retired Sanchez on a grounder to Reyes for third out of the inning.

Batista reached on an error by shortstop Bonifacio to begin the bottom of the third. Reyes singled and Tejada was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Duda drew a walk to force home Batista. David Wright followed with a single against Florida’s Burke Badenhop that drove home Reyes and Tejada for a 3-2 Mets lead. On the hit, center fielder Bryan Petersen made an error that sent Duda to third base and Wright to second. Pagan went down on strikes and Duda came home on a passed ball for the Mets’ fourth run of the inning. Badenhop then got both Jason Bay and Nick Evans on grounders to Bonifacio for the inning’s final outs.

Batista and Badenhop each pitched one-hit ball from the fourth inning to the sixth. Mets’ reliever Pedro Beato set down the Fish in order in the top of the seventh. Florida’s Steve Cishek hurled a perfect bottom half and New York’s Manny Acosta retired all three Marlins batters in the top of the eighth. Cishek hit Tejada with a pitch to open the bottom of the inning. Duda hit a double to score Tejada and a walk to Wright ensued. Pagan reached on Cishek’s error that allowed Duda to come home. Angel stole second and Bay was walked intentionally to load the bases. Evans went down on strikes and Mike Nickeas singled to plate Wright, extending the Mets’ lead to 7-2. Florida reliever Chris Hatcher retired pinch-hitter Jason Pridie on a pop-up to third baseman Dobbs. Hatcher then got Reyes to fly out to Petersen and end the inning.

Petersen got a one-out single against Mets’ reliever D. J. Carrasco in the top of the ninth. Hayes flied out to Pagan and a double by Jose Lopez followed. Bonifacio singled to drive home Petersen and Lopez. With Bobby Parnell on the mound facing pinch-hitter John Buck, Bonifacio stole second base. Buck hit a double that scored Bonifacio for the Marlins’ fifth run. Parnell then retired Dobbs on a pop-up to second baseman Justin Turner for the game’s final out. The Mets had a victory to conclude the series.