Final Score: Miami 2, New York 1
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Juan Pierre scored the game-winning run on
Brandon Lyon's ninth-inning, bases-loaded wild pitch, as the Miami Marlins
again rallied for a 2-1 victory over the slumping New York Mets in the middle
test of a three-game set at Marlins Park.
Chris Coghlan and Juan Pierre reached safely to put runners on the corners to
open up the ninth, Donovan Solano poked an RBI single to right to tie the
game. Lyon, who was dealt with a blown save, then replaced starter Jeremy
Hefner and was forced to intentionally walk Placido Polanco. His breaking ball
attempt in the dirt, though, scooted past Anthony Recker to easily score
Pierre for the game-winner.
The N.L. East rivals met less than 24 hours following Monday's 15-inning, 5-
hour, 31-minute marathon which the Marlins won, 4-3. Tuesday's game, however,
lasted just 2 hours and 25 minutes.
Miami, which has won three straight, saw starter Kevin Slowey last eight
innings and allow a run on eight hits. Ryan Webb (1-1) picked up the win
with a perfect ninth.
"We're trying to find ways to win," Pierre said. "We found all the ways to
lose. Now we're trying to get on the winning side."
Recker's sacrifice fly in the fifth proved to be the only offense for
the Mets, who extended their season-high losing streak to six games and
once again let a late lead slip away versus the Marlins. Hefner (0-3) tossed
eight-plus innings and was tabbed for two runs on four hits, though he did
strikeout eight in defeat.
"That's my job to go out and give length, go deep in the games, and for the
most part, I did that," Hefner said. "I wish I could have finished it,
In similar fashion to Monday's game-tying ninth-inning rally, Miami broke out
the bats when it mattered most. Coghlan led off the frame with a pinch-hit
single and quickly advanced to second on Hefner's wild pitch.
The Mets looked to catch a break as the next batter, Pierre, dropped a bunt
down in front of home plate and Recker attempted to throw Coghlan out at
third. David Wright applied the tag as Coghlan appeared to overslide the
base, but was ruled safe to keep runners on the corners with no outs.
"Sometimes the calls go your way, sometimes they don't," Wright added. "What
we need to do a better job of is offensively going out there and scoring more
runs. You can't expect to win games, 1-0."
New York's only offense came in the fifth. Daniel Murphy smacked a leadoff
double and Ike Davis followed with a deep fly to center which moved Murphy to
third. Recker then made it 1-0 with a sac fly to left.
Hefner's last victory came versus Miami on October 3, 2012 ... The Mets
have lost in all of his six starts this season ... Slowey is still searching
for his first win since September 18, 2010, while with Minnesota ... Miami
outfielder Giancarlo Stanton was sent to the 15-day disabled list Tuesday
with a strained hamstring he suffered in Monday's win ... It's the Marlins'
first three-game winning streak since July 4-6 of last season ... The Mets
have scored 11 total runs during the losing skid.
05/01 00:46:39 ET
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