Flushing, NY (Sports Network) – The Florida Marlins pitchers were dealing on Monday night, as Clay Hensley and four relievers combined on a three-hitter in a 4-1 win over the New York Mets at Citi Field in a make-up game from a May 17 rainout.
Hensley (1-2) worked five scoreless innings, yielding one hit in his first start since June 24 2008, when he was a member of the San Diego Padres. Hensley, who hadn’t pitched since June 1 due to a sprained right shoulder, also fanned three and walked a pair.
Chris Capuano (8-9) pitched a solid 7 2/3 frames, giving up four runs on seven hits while fanning five and walking two.
“I think Cappy [Capuano] pitched a good game and kept us in it,” Mets manager Terry Collins said of his starter’s effort. “We just couldn’t get anything going offensively.”
The Mets’ lone run came on a bases loaded sacrifice fly in the ninth by Jason Bay. Willie Harris collected a pair of hits and Nick Evans singled for New York, which has lost five of its last six games.
The Marlins jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the fourth. With two outs and Hanley Ramirez buried in a 1-2 count, he slapped a single and Gaby Sanchez worked a walk to set things up for Stanton, who came through with a two-run double into the gap in left-center field. Cameron followed with an RBI single to left to extend the Florida lead.
Emilio Bonifacio led off the eighth with a sharp single to right to extend his hitting streak to 17 games. He advanced to second on a perfectly placed sacrifice bunt up the first base line by Omar Infante. Bonifacio then swiped third and scored on a single down the right field line by Morrison.
Harris led off the ninth with a single and Evans walked to put runners on first and second with one out. Choate went to a 2-0 count against Lucas Duda before he was pulled in favor of Nunez. Nunez walked Duda to load the bases and Bay followed by lofting a sacrifice fly to center. Ronny Paulino grounded out to end the game.