Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Ike Davis' go-ahead RBI double highlighted a
three-run seventh and helped the New York Mets down the Miami Marlins, 6-5, in
the opener of a four-game set.
Daniel Murphy tallied two hits, three RBI and a pair of runs scored for the
Mets, who snapped a three-game losing skid.
David Aardsma (2-0) recorded the final two outs in the sixth to pick up the
win and Bobby Parnell worked a scoreless ninth to notch his 21st save of the
Ed Lucas had an RBI triple and scored twice for Miami, which had won five of
its previous seven.
After the Marlins took a 5-3 lead following a two-run sixth, New York
countered with its three-run seventh.
Eric Young belted a one-out double against Mike Dunn and came home when Murphy
followed with a looping single into center. A.J. Ramos (3-4) replaced Dunn on
the mound and got David Wright to fly out. Murphy stole second, advanced to
third on a wild pitch and then scored when Marlon Byrd singled to center.
Davis came up next and laced a double to right to plate a hustling Byrd and
give the Mets a 6-5 advantage.
"I'm seeing the ball well," said Davis. "I was just looking for something out
over the dish to hit hard somewhere."
Greg Dobbs had a one-out single in the ninth and pinch-runner Juan Pierre
stole second before taking third on defensive indifference, but Giancarlo
Stanton grounded out to second to end the game.
"At the end of the day we brought our best hitter to the plate in the ninth
and gave ourselves a chance," said Marlins manager Mike Redmond. "We were one
big hit away from winning it and one hit away from playing extra innings."
New York jumped out to a 3-0 spread following a three-run third. Murphy snuck
a two-out, two-run single through the hole on the left side and Wright
followed with an RBI double, but the Marlins answered with three runs in the
fourth and two more in the sixth.
Stanton led off the fourth with a double and scored two batters later when
Lucas belted a triple over the head of Juan Lagares in center. With two outs
and the bases loaded, Marlins starting pitcher Jacob Turner bounced a ball to
short, but Omar Quintanilla bobbled the grounder, allowing two runners to
Jeff Mathis ripped a one-out, two run single in the sixth to give Miami a 5-3
Turner allowed three runs on five hits and three walks over 6 1/3 innings,
while New York starter Jeremy Hefner surrendered five runs -- three earned --
on four hits and five walks over 5 1/3 frames ... New York was 3-for-11 with
runners in scoring position.