The New York Mets were defeated by the Miami Marlins by the score of 6-5 on Friday night. The game took place in Miami, Florida. Johan Santana pitched well and the bullpen did pretty good until Frank Francisco blew the save. David Wright and Lucas Duda led the offense.
Santana pitched six innings giving up six hits and three runs. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out seven. Ramon Ramirez pitched an inning giving up a walk and striking out two, Bobby Parnell pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up a hit and a run and Tim Byrdak faced one batter and struck him out. Francisco blew his second save of the season and took his second loss of the season. He pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up three hits and two runs with a strikeout. Mark Buehrle pitched 6 2/3 innings giving up eight hits and two runs with two walks and three strikeouts. The Marlins used four relievers who pitched 2 1/3 innings giving up three hits and three runs with three walks and three strikeouts.
Andres Torres drew two walks, Daniel Murphy had a hit and Wright had three hits. Duda had two hits, Kirk Nieuwenhuis had a hit and an RBI and Ike Davis had a hit, RBI and drew a walk. Ronny Cedeno had a hit and drew two walks, Mike Nickeas had a hit and an RBI and Mike Baxter had a hit and two RBI. Nickeas, Wright, Nieuwenhuis and Baxter each had a double. Davis had a homerun and the Mets were 2-8 with runners in scoring position and they left nine men on base. Murphy got picked off and Davis committed an error.
Jose Reyes had a hit for the Marlins. Omar Infante had three hits and two RBI, Austin Kearns had a hit and two RBI and Mike Stanton had two hits. Gaby Sanchez drew a walk, Emilio Bonifacio had two hits and an RBI and Gregg Dobbs had a hit and an RBI. Infante and Stanton each had a double, Reyes had a triple and Kearns had a homerun. The Marlins were 4-9 with runners in scoring position and left four men on base. Infante had a stolen base and Bonifacio had two. Stanton was caught stealing.
The Marlins took a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Infante hit an RBI single and Kearns hit a two run homerun. In the fifth inning Davis hit a solo homerun to cut the lead to 3-1. Nickeas hit an RBI double to make it 3-2 in the seventh inning. Nieuwenhuis hit an RBI double in the eighth inning, Baxter hit a two run double to make it 5-3 Mets. Infante hit an RBI double in the eighth to make it 5-4. In the ninth Bonifacio had an RBI single to tie the game at five and Dobbs had an RBI single to give the Marlins the 6-5 win.
The Mets saw their five game winning streak come to an end and their record drop to 18-14. The Marlins improved their record to 17-15. The two teams will play game two of their three game series on Saturday afternoon.
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