David Wright helped push the Mets past the Marlins 7-6 with his two opposite field RBI doubles, in his return from the DL last night.
Wright, who missed much of the season because of a stress fracture in his back, was inserted into the cleanup spot in the order and delivered from the very start. His first double scored Justin Turner from second base, and before the inning was over, Wright also scored to help the Mets to a 3-0 lead.
But Mike Pelfrey just could not keep it together on the mound. The Marlins scored in each of the first three innings to tie the game at 3 by the end of the third inning. The Mets added another run in the fourth when Carlos Beltran’s sharply hit grounder hopped over first baseman Gabby Sanchez, scoring Jose Reyes from second.
Pelfrey did not give the lead right back up, as he pitched a scoreless fourth and fifth innings. But Terry Collins made a questionable decision leaving his tired sinker-baller in the game after 101 pitches. This did not end well, as Sanchez smashed the Marlins second homerun on the night to tie the ballgame at 4-4.
Because of his inability to hold leads, Pelfrey finished with a no-decision, after giving up the four runs in six innings. He also walked four and struck out three.
The Mets scored again in the seventh, but that was erased when the Marlins tied it up again. The Amazins finally broke free in the eighth when they scored twice off of back-to-back RBI doubles from Wright and Daniel Murphy, to push the game to 7-5.
The Marlins could only answer with one in their half of the eighth off of Bobby Parnell. He wound up being the winning pitcher after Jason Isringhausen recorded his second save of 2011 with his scoreless ninth inning.
With the win, the Mets take the first of three against the Marlins. The Braves also won at Cincinnati last night, so the win does not net any progress in the Wild Card race. Chris Capuano will take the mound tonight against Clay Hensley in a rematch of Monday night’s makeup game in which the Mets lost 4-1.
Jason Bay missed his second straight game due to a hamstring injury he originally suffered against the Phillies and flared up again against the Cardinals. He is expected to miss tonight’s game too.
The New York Post is reporting that injured ace, Johan Santana, is eyeing a mid-September return at best. Despite the slow progress, Santana insists he is on schedule, but that schedule may mean he does not pitch at all in 2011.Back to the New York Mets Newsfeed