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Mets, Marlins Wrap Up Five-Game Series

(Sports Network) - The New York Mets look to wrap up a lengthy five-game series with the Florida Marlins on a positive note when the two NL East inhabitants get together tonight at Citi Field.

The Mets have taken three of the first four meetings with the Marlins and recorded a 3-2 victory last night thanks to Lucas Duda's RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning that scored Jose Reyes. Reyes had two hits and Jason Bay went 3-for-4 with an RBI for New York, which has won five of its last six games. David Wright posted a pair of hits and scored in the win.

Chris Capuano wasn't able to follow up a shutout from his last appearance and did not record a decision by allowing two runs in five frames. Manny Acosta threw a scoreless seventh inning for the win and Bobby Parnell later took the hill in the ninth, posting his third save with a scoreless frame. Pedro Beato and Jason Isringhausen also kept the Marlins off the board in relief.

"As maligned as our bullpen has been lately, to get four shutout innings out of our bullpen was a huge outing for us," Mets manager Terry Collins said.

After tonight meeting with the Marlins, the Mets will hit the road to Washington and Florida for a six-game trek. Taking the hill Thursday for the Mets will be veteran righty Miguel Batista, who is in search of his 100th career win. Batista spent the beginning of the season with St. Louis, going 3-2 with a 4.60 ERA in 26 games (1 start). He was released in June.

Batista, 40, is 2-4 with a 3.12 ERA in 25 career meetings, eight of which have been starts, with the Marlins. He last beat the Marlins in 2003 with Arizona.

Florida has dropped three of four and 10 of its last 13 games and saw Chris Volstad continue to struggle on the mound this season. He fell to 5-12 after giving up three runs -- two earned -- and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings.

"I pitched well, but not well enough to win," Volstad said on the team's website. "Something to build off of, I guess."

Jose Lopez had two hits and drove in both runs in the first inning for the Marlins.

Clay Hensley draws the start for Florida tonight and he's 2-5 with a 5.40 earned run average in 28 games (8 starts) this season. Hensley was 0-3 in six outings until beating the Phillies in Friday's 6-5 win in which he was reached for three runs in 5 2/3 innings.

The right-hander has faced the Mets four times this season (2 starts) and is 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA. In 17 career games, four of which have been starts, against New York, Hensley is 2-2 with a 3.63 ERA.

Florida will head home after Thursday's tilt for a six-game residency versus the Phillies and Mets at Sun Life Stadium.

Florida has won eight of 14 meetings with New York this season.


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Florida Marlins
@ New York Mets

Thursday, Sep 1, 2011, 7:10 PM EDT
Citi Field

Clay Hensley vs Miguel Batista

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New York Mets Vs. Florida Marlins: Chris Capuano Looks To Repeat Stellar Performance

(Sports Network) - The New York Mets can wrap up a series win with a victory tonight versus the Florida Marlins in the fourth test of a five-game series from Citi Field.

The Mets swept a doubleheader on Monday to kick off the series, but dropped a 6-0 decision Tuesday. Mike Pelfrey had zero help from the offense and allowed four runs on six hits and four walks in six innings to suffer the loss.

"I didn't throw as many secondary pitches for strikes as I would have liked to or as I needed to," Pelfrey said. "That ended up being the difference."

Mets starters were 4-0 with a 1.29 ERA in the past four games until Pelfrey was banged around. David Wright and Josh Thole finished with two hits apiece for the Mets, who had won four in a row. Angel Pagan went 0-for-4, but has still reached base safely in 21 of 24 contests this month.

Chris Capuano will try to get New York on track when he takes the mound tonight and is coming off an impressive performance in Friday's 6-0 win over Atlanta. He tossed a two-hit shutout and struck out a career-high 13 batters to improve to 10-11 with a 4.43 ERA in 27 games (25 starts) this season.

Capuano has faced the Marlins 12 times (11 starts) in his career and is 4-4 with a 3.55 earned run average.

Florida improved to 3-3 in its last six games with Tuesday's win and is 2-2 on a six-game road trip. Javier Vazquez earned the win with seven shutout innings of three-hit ball and six strikeouts. Vazquez also reached the 2,500-strikeout mark in the process, becoming the 30th pitcher in major league history to reach that number.

"I didn't even know I was close to 2,500," Vazquez said after the game. "When I got to the dugout the guys were like 'congratulations, congratulations' and I was like 'thank you, bye.'"

Logan Morrison hit a two-run single and Mike Stanton finished with three hits, two runs scored and an RBI for Florida.

Shortstop Hanley Ramirez experienced discomfort in his left shoulder during a rehab assignment with Class A Jupiter and could miss the remainder of the season. Ramirez is back in south Florida to undergo tests by team doctors.

"It didn't feel right, and he took himself out," Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said on the team's site. "He's going to the doctor in Miami. I wouldn't say it's good. I don't know anything else other than that."

Chris Volstad has lost three straight starts and will take the hill for the first time since last Wednesday's 3-2 setback versus Cincinnati. He allowed three runs and five hits in six innings, falling to 5-11 with a 5.61 ERA in 23 starts this season. Volstad has allowed at least three runs in each of his previous seven outings.

Volstad, a right-hander, is 2-4 in 11 road starts this season and 1-2 with a 3.51 ERA in six career starts against the Mets.

Florida has won eight of 13 meetings with New York this season.


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Florida Marlins
@ New York Mets

Wednesday, Aug 31, 2011, 7:10 PM EDT
Citi Field

Chris Volstad vs Chris Capuano

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Mets-Marlins Score: Javier Vazquez Blanks Mets 6-0

Flushing, NY (Sports Network) - Javier Vazquez whiffed Lucas Duda to pick up his 2,500th career strikeout and end the sixth inning. Then he helped the Marlins put together the winning rally.

The pitcher's bunt single was part of a five-run seventh inning Florida used to beat the Mets, 6-0, at Citi Field.

Vazquez (8-11) threw seven scoreless innings, allowing only three hits and a walk to pick up his first victory since July 27. He needed six strikeouts to become only the 30th pitcher in major league history to reach the milestone, and got it when he punched out Duda with a low changeup.

Logan Morrison hit a two-run single for Florida, which was swept by the Mets in Monday's doubleheader.

Mets starter Mike Pelfrey (7-11) held the Marlins off the scoreboard for six innings, but couldn't get an out in the seventh and was charged with four runs.

New York managed only six hits as its four-game win streak came to an end.


Final - 8.30.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Florida Marlins 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 1 6 11 0
New York Mets 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1
WP: Javier Vazquez (8 - 11)
LP: Mike Pelfrey (7 - 11)

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New York Mets Vs. Florida Marlins: Pelfrey Looks To Push Winning Streak To Five

(Sports Network) - The New York Mets welcomed back All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes in yesterday's doubleheader sweep of the Florida Marlins and will shoot for a fifth straight win tonight in the continuation of a five-game series.

Reyes did not play in the opener of the twinbill, a 2-1 triumph spurred on by seven shutout innings from starter R.A. Dickey. The knuckleballer yielded seven hits, struck out six batters and walked one.

Lucas Duda had three hits and both Josh Thole and Justin Turner ended with an RBI apiece for New York. Reyes went 1-for-4 with a run scored in a 5-1 win during the nightcap and was in action for the first time since Aug. 7 versus Atlanta because of a strained left hamstring.

"This is my first game back," said Reyes, who's in the running for a batting title. "I need to get my confidence back before I do anything crazy on the field."

David Wright went 2-for-4 with two RBI, while starter Dillon Gee threw six innings of one-run ball with six K's for the win. The Mets have won four in a row -- the longest streak since pulling off five straight wins July 25-29. They are still 6-11 in their last 17 games and 18-23 since the All-Star break.

Mike Pelfrey gets the nod for the Mets tonight hoping to secure his second consecutive victory. He won for the first time since July 27 when he tossed six innings of three-run ball in Wednesday's 7-4 defeat of Philadelphia. The right-hander is 7-10 with a 4.60 ERA in 28 games (27 starts) this season.

Pelfrey hasn't enjoyed much success against Florida in his career, going 1-7 with a 5.14 ERA in 16 starts. He is 3-2 in 11 trips to the Citi Field mound this season.

Florida has dropped two in a row and nine of its last 11 games, and wasted a decent start by Anibal Sanchez in the first game of the doubleheader. Sanchez was reached for a pair of runs and seven hits in six innings.

Gaby Sanchez homered and Mike Cameron recorded two hits in defeat. Ricky Nolasco toed the rubber in the second game and permitted four runs and nine hits in 6 2/3 frames to absorb the loss. Greg Dobbs homered in this one and Emilio Bonifacio added two hits for the Marlins. Omar Infante is riding a seven-game hitting streak and his batting .364 since the All-Star break.

"The pitching wasn't that bad," said Marlins manager Jack McKeon. "It kept us in the ball game. It gave us an opportunity to score. We just couldn't cash in."

Javier Vazquez will make his 26th start of the season for the Marlins tonight and is 7-11 with a 4.63 earned run average. Vazquez is 0-2 in his previous five trips to the hill and did not record a decision in a 6-5 win over Cincinnati on Wednesday, when he struck out 11 batters and allowed three runs in seven innings.

Vazquez, a right-hander, is an even 10-10 with a 3.25 ERA in 27 starts against the Mets in his career. The former Montreal Expos draft pick has earned a 4-4 mark in 14 starts outside of south Florida this season.

Florida has still won seven of 12 meetings with New York this season and had been unbeaten in the past six games at Citi Field.


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@ New York Mets

Tuesday, Aug 30, 2011, 7:10 PM EDT
Citi Field

Javier Vazquez vs Mike Pelfrey

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Mets Sweep Doubleheader With 5-1 Win Over Marlins

Flushing, NY (Sports Network) - Dillon Gee turned in another strong pitching performance for the Mets, giving up a run over six innings to help them to a 5-1 victory and doubleheader sweep against the Marlins.

New York won Monday's first game, 2-1, after R.A. Dickey pitched seven scoreless frames.

Gee (12-5) followed that effort by allowing six hits, walking two and striking out six. He gave up his only run when Greg Dobbs blasted a homer in the sixth.

But the Marlins' inability to score any more runs sent them to their ninth loss in their last 11 games.

"The pitching wasn't that bad," said Marlins manager Jack McKeon. "It kept us in the ball game. It gave us an opportunity to score. We just couldn't cash in."

David Wright went 2-for-4 with two RBI for the Mets, who have won four in a row, while shortstop Jose Reyes was 1-for-4 with a run scored in his return from the disabled list. He suffered a strained left hamstring during an August 7 game against the Braves, and was activated between Monday's games.

"This is my first game back," said Reyes. "I need to get my confidence back before I do anything crazy on the field."

New York didn't take control of the game until the final few innings. Ruben Tejada tripled and scored on an error by Dobbs in the fourth, and Dobbs got the run back in the sixth.

But in the bottom half, Tejada singled and moved to third on consecutive groundouts. Angel Pagan singled to bring him home, and crossed the plate on base hits by Nick Evans and Willie Harris.

New York chased Florida starter Ricky Nolasco (9-10) in the next inning, when Reyes singled, advanced to second on a wild pitch and crossed the plate on Wright's two-out double. The hit gave the Mets a 4-1 lead and forced Nolasco out of the game.

Mike Nickeas' RBI single in the eighth provided the Mets another insurance run.

The New York bullpen made sure Gee's effort stood for a victory -- Pedro Beato, Manny Acosta and Bobby Parnell limited the Marlins to a hit and a walk in the final three innings.

Game Notes

The Mets played their third doubleheader this season. They were swept in their first two -- April 14 against Colorado, and April 16 at Atlanta...Both teams had not played since Friday because of Hurricane Irene...Nolasco gave up four runs on nine hits during his start.

 


Final - 8.29.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Florida Marlins 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 7 1
New York Mets 0 0 0 1 0 2 1 1 X 5 11 1
WP: Dillon Gee (12 - 5)
LP: Ricky Nolasco (9 - 10)

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Mets Down Marlins 2-1 In Doubleheader Opener

Flushing, NY (Sports Network) - R.A. Dickey threw seven shutout innings while Lucas Duda went 3-for-4 and scored the decisive run, guiding the Mets to a 2-1 victory over the Marlins in the opener of a Monday doubleheader.

Dickey (6-11) allowed seven hits and a walk while striking out six to pick up his first win since July 25. He hadn't allowed any more than three earned runs in five outings since then, but didn't pick up a victory.

Justin Turner singled in a run for the Mets, who have won three in a row.

Anibal Sanchez (7-7) gave up two runs in six innings to take the loss, Florida's eighth in its last 10 games.

The Mets picked up two early runs to give Dickey a lead.

In the second inning, Nick Evans led off with a single and moved up a base on Josh Thole's walk before Turner's ground single through the left side brought him home.

An inning later, a Duda single, Jason Bay walk and Evans hit loaded the bases. Thole grounded into a fielder's choice to make it a 2-0 game, but Sanchez got out of the inning without further damage.

However, the Marlins didn't have many good offensive opportunities against Dickey. They put runners in scoring position in the sixth, when Logan Morrison doubled and Mike Stanton singled. However, Dickey retired Greg Dobbs on a liner and ended the threat with a Gaby Sanchez fly out.

Dickey picked off Mike Cameron at second base to escape a jam in the seventh, and the Mets bullpen managed to hold on to the lead.

After Jason Isringhausen struck out the side in the eighth, Bobby Parnell allowed a one-out solo homer to Gaby Sanchez in the ninth. But Parnell retired the next two batters to secure the win and record his second save.

Game Notes

The Mets were 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position...Sanchez allowed seven hits and walked four during his start...Mets shortstop Jose Reyes was activated from the 15-day disabled list for Monday's second game. He had been out since suffering a strained left hamstring in an August 7 game against the Braves. The Mets optioned outfielder Mike Baxter to Triple-A Buffalo to open a roster spot...The Marlins had won their first four games at Citi Field this season.

 


Final - 8.29.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Florida Marlins 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 8 0
New York Mets 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 X 2 8 1
WP: R.A. Dickey (6 - 11)
SV: Bobby Parnell (2)
LP: Anibal Sanchez (7 - 7)

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New York Mets Set To Activate Jose Reyes From DL

The New York Mets will active SS Jose Reyes in between games of Monday's doubleheader with the Florida Marlins at Citi Field.

Reyes has been out of the lineup since August 7 when he once again injured his hamstring.  In the third game of his rehab assignment playing for the Double-A Binghamton Mets on Saturday, Reyes showed he was ready to return in eight innings of play.

In those three games, Reyes went 3-for-9 with a home run.  He returns to the lineup with his eyes squarely on a batting title.  Reyes' average is .336, just two points ahead of Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers.

Manager Terry Collins mentioned he planned to rest Reyes the rest of the way this season and in 2012 if the Mets re-sign the shortstop.  Such an idea sounds good on paper, but will be difficult to justify if the team makes him their highest paid position player.

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