September 1, 2012: Four Runs in 9th Jolt Marlins

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Date: September 1, 2012
Mets starter: Jeremy Hefner
Mets: 5
Marlins: 3
Winning pitcher: Ramon Ramirez
Key player(s): Lucas Duda, Kelly Shoppach
Key play: Duda’s and Shoppach’s singles in 9th

The Mets faced the Marlins on a Saturday night in Miami. The teams played the second of three games in a series at Marlins Park. The Mets came from behind with four runs in the ninth inning for a 5-3 win.

Jeremy Hefner and Miami’s Josh Johnson each pitched two scoreless and hitless innings to start the game. Johnson set down the Mets in order in the top of the third and Donovan Solano singled to lead off the bottom half. John Buck grounded out to shortstop Ruben Tejada and a strikeout of Johnson ensued. Bryan Petersen hit a double to drive home Solano with the first run of the game. Justin Ruggiano drew a walk and Jose Reyes lined out to right fielder Mike Baxter to end the inning. Johnson shut down the Mets again in the top of the fourth. Hefner then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

Baxter doubled for the Mets’ first hit to begin the top of the fifth inning. Mike advanced to third base on Andres Torres’ ground out to second baseman Solano and scored the tying run on Josh Thole’s ground out to shortstop Reyes. Hefner took a called third strike for the third out and retired all three Fish to come to bat in the bottom of the inning. Johnson held the Mets to a single by Tejada in the top of the sixth and Reyes singled with one out in the bottom half. Carlos Lee singled to send Reyes to third base and Jose came home on a single by Giancarlo Stanton for a 2-1 Marlins lead. Hefner set down the next two batters on outfield fly balls to close out the inning and Johnson pitched a perfect top of the seventh. Mets’ reliever Manny Acosta then struck out the side in order in the bottom half.

Johnson shut down the Mets in the top of the eighth. Against New York’s Ramon Ramirez in the bottom of the inning, Reyes drew a one-out walk and stole second base. Lee followed with a single to bring home Reyes and extend the Miami lead to 3-1. Ramirez then got Stanton to hit a ground ball to Tejada for a double play that ended the inning.

Leading off the top of the ninth, Daniel Murphy singled against Marlins’ reliever Steve Cishek. David Wright hit a single and Ike Davis went down on strikes. A single by Lucas Duda brought home Murphy and advanced Wright to third base. Baxter fouled out to Reyes and a walk to Torres loaded the bases. Kelly Shoppach delivered a clutch single that plated Wright and pinch-runner Jason Bay. On the hit, center fielder Ruggiano made an error that allowed Torres to score the Mets fourth run of the inning and fifth of the game. Cishek was then replaced on the mound by Miami’s Heath Bell, who struck out pinch-hitter Scott Hairston to finish off the inning.

Mets’ reliever Frank Francisco got Greg Dobbs to fly out to center fielder Torres to start the bottom of the ninth. Solano was retired on a deep fly ball to Torres. Francisco then struck out Buck to end the game. The Mets had a comeback victory over the Fish.