September 6, 2011: Mets Score Three Runs in 12th for Win

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Date: September 6, 2011
Mets starter: Miguel Batista
Mets: 7
Marlins: 4
Winning pitcher: Ryota Igarashi
Key player(s): Nick Evans, Angel Pagan, Mike Cameron
Key play: Cameron’s double in 9th, Evans’ single in 12th

The Mets played the Marlins on a Tuesday night in Miami. The teams used a total of fifteen pitchers in a four-hour and 29-minute game. The Mets scored three runs in the 12th inning for a 7-4 win over Florida.

After a pair of scoreless innings, Marlins’ starter Chris Volstad shut down the Mets again in the top of the third. Bryan Petersen singled off the Mets’ Miguel Batista to open the bottom half. Brett Hayes popped out to second baseman Justin Turner and a walk to Volstad followed. Emilio Bonifacio hit a single to left field that loaded the bases. Omar Infante flied out to left fielder Willie Harris. Batista then retired Greg Dobbs on a pop-up to shortstop Jose Reyes to end the inning.

Volstad set down the Mets in order on three ground balls in the top of the fourth. Batista walked three Marlins to load the bases with one out in the bottom half. Hayes hit a grounder to Reyes for an inning-ending double play. With one out in the top of the fifth, Ronny Paulino hit a ground-rule double to center field. Batista’s sacrifice bunt moved Paulino to third and Reyes drew a walk. Turner singled to score Paulino and a walk to Lucas Duda loaded the bases. Volstad then got David Wright on a fly ball to center fielder Mike Cameron for the third out of the inning.

Infante got an infield single with two outs in the bottom of the fifth. Dobbs doubled to bring home Infante and tie the game. Gaby Sanchez flied out to right fielder Duda for the third out of the inning and Harris got a double with one out in the top of the sixth. Nick Evans singled to score Harris for a 2-1 Mets lead. On the hit, Evans was out at second base on a throw by right fielder Petersen. Paulino flied out to left fielder Logan Morrison to end the inning. Batista then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Florida reliever Clay Hensley shut down the Mets in the top of the seventh inning. With one out in the bottom half, Bonifacio singled off reliever Manny Acosta and went to second on center fielder Angel Pagan’s error. Infante hit a ground ball to Reyes for the second out of the inning. Dobbs hit his second double of the game to score Bonifacio with the tying run. Acosta then retired Sanchez on an inning-ending pop-up to second baseman Turner.

Pagan doubled off Marlins’ reliever Ryan Webb with one out in the top of the eighth. Harris was given an intentional walk and Evans singled to drive home Pagan. Webb threw a called third strike past Paulino and got pinch-hitter Josh Thole to hit into a force play for the third out. Against reliever Jason Isringhausen, the Fish loaded the bases with one out in the bottom half. Isringhausen then fanned pinch-hitter Jose Lopez and Bonifacio for the final two outs of the inning.

Reyes singled off Florida’s Edward Mujica to begin the top of the ninth. Consecutive ground outs moved Jose to third and Wright was walked intentionally. Pagan hit a double to score Reyes and extend the Mets’ lead to 4-2. Mujica then gave Harris an intentional walk and closed the inning with a force play grounder by Evans.

To start the bottom of the ninth inning, Mets’ reliever Bobby Parnell struck out Infante and gave up a single to Dobbs. Sanchez popped out to Reyes and a wild pitch advanced Dobbs to second. Morrison drew a walk to keep the Marlins’ chances alive. Cameron followed with a double that plated Dobbs and Morrison to tie the game at 4-4. Petersen was given an intentional base on balls. Parnell then got struck out Donnie Murphy to end the inning.

Mujica set down the Mets 1-2-3 in the top of the 10th. For New York, relievers Pedro Beato and Tim Byrdak combined for a scoreless bottom half. In the 11th, Florida’s Leo Nunez pitched a perfect top half and the Fish put runners on second and third with two outs against Byrdak in the bottom of the inning. Mets’ reliever Ryota Igarashi then came in and fanned Murphy for the third out.

Pagan singled and Jason Bay doubled off Marlins’ reliever Jose Ceda to begin the top of the 12th inning. Evans hit a single to score Pagan with the go-ahead run and send Bay to third. Ceda struck out the next two batters and yielded a single to Reyes that brought home Bay for a 6-4 Mets lead. Turner drew a walk to load the bases. Florida’s Steven Cishek came in to pitch and walked Duda to force home Evans. Cishek then threw a called third strike past Wright to end the inning.

Mets’ reliever Josh Stinson retired John Buck on a fly ball to Duda to open the bottom of the 12th. Vinny Rottino grounded out to third baseman Wright. Stinson then got Infante to fly out to Pagan and end the game. The Mets had an extra-inning victory.