Rookie outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis' two-out, bases-load single to right field was the cap on a two-run ninth inning rally for the New York Mets who completed a three-game series sweep of the Miami Marlins on Thursday. The victory helped the Mets (11-8) earn their second sweep and third series win in the month of April.
New York entered the bottom of the ninth down 2-1, and rallied behind four walks from Marlins big-money closer Heath Bell. David Wright, Ike Davis, Josh Thole and Justin Turner each walked, respectfully, which allowed the score to be tied at 2-2. After Scott Hairston grounded out for the second out, Nieuwenhuis hit a 1-0 pitch over the head of a drawn-in Mike Stanton in right field.
Ramon Ramirez earned the win, as he tossed two-scoreless innings of relief. Ramirez came in for starting pitcher Jon Niese who tossed seven innings allowing two runs on four hits while striking out six.
Nieuwenhuis went 3-for-5 at the plate for the Mets, who as a team collected just six hits.
On Friday, New York travels West to take on the Colorado Rockies in a three-game set at Coors Field.