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Mets' bats come alive at Marlins' expense

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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MIAMI -- Once the rain ended, so did the New York Mets' scoring drought.

Kris Benson won his third straight start, Jose Reyes hit two triples, and the Mets broke out of their slump with a 12-4 victory over the Florida Marlins on Thursday night.

A rain delay of 1 hour, 22 minutes in the bottom of the first inning seemed to affect the Marlins more than the Mets. New York scored three runs in the second after it hadn't scored for 19 innings.

"When I saw that big black cloud over the stadium, it looked like it was going to dump on us," Benson said. "When I came back out I felt good, and obviously the other guys did, too."

The Mets were shut out in the last two games of their series in Atlanta. They roughed up two pitchers who were called up Wednesday and finished with 14 hits, including six for extra bases.

Reyes leads the majors with seven triples. He also tripled twice on May 18 against Cincinnati.

"The moment I see the ball in the gap I start thinking third base," Reyes said. "We had two difficult games in Atlanta and it was only a matter of time before we would start producing. What was so important was that everybody contributed to the victory."

Benson (3-1) gave up three runs and five hits over six innings and struck out four. Heath Bell followed and struck out five in two scoreless innings.

"(Benson) stayed pretty loose during the delay," Mets manager Willie Randolph said. "I was confident he'd come back out and pitch well."

Frank Castillo (0-1) took the loss in his first major league start since Sept. 16, 2002, when he pitched for Boston. The 36-year-old Castillo, who was called up from Triple-A Albuquerque on Wednesday, allowed five runs and four hits in 4 1/3 innings. He struck out four and walked five.

"You work hard to get back, and then to have a game like that is frustrating," Castillo said.

The Marlins have allowed 31 hits over the last two games. They also walked eight on Thursday.

"It didn't matter who we put out there tonight," Marlins manager Jack McKeon said. "They were either going to hit them or we were going to walk them."

Castillo was lifted after walking two batters in the fifth and was replaced by Yorman Bazardo, who made his major league debut. Bazardo walked Mike Piazza to load the bases and then gave up an RBI single to David Wright.

Doug Mientkiewicz hit what looked like an inning-ending double play, but second baseman Damion Easley, playing in place of Luis Castillo, booted the ball and it went into right field. Two runs scored to give the Mets a 6-3 lead.

The Mets scored four more times against Bazardo in the sixth, then made it 12-3 with two runs off John Riedling in the seventh. Mike Cameron had RBI doubles in both innings.

"I was nervous," Bazardo said. "I think I tried too hard."

Bazardo was sent back to Double-A Carolina after the game to make room for Guillermo Mota, who will be activated off the disabled list effective Friday.

The Mets took a 3-1 lead in the second. Benson drove in Piazza, who singled to open the inning, with a single, and Reyes followed with a two-run triple.

"That two-out single to the pitcher killed us," Castillo said.

Benson agreed.

"If I see a first-pitch fastball I start hacking," he said. "That was a big boost."

The Marlins tied it in the fourth after loading the bases with two outs. Alex Gonzalez hit a two-run single.

Carlos Delgado hit his eighth home run off Benson in the first inning.

Notes

  • Reyes has hit all of his triples in the last 14 games.
  • Mets CF Carlos Beltran did not start Thursday's game because of a strained right quad and is still day-to-day.
  • Marlins catcher Paul Lo Duca was a late scratch with a bruised left elbow and was replaced in the lineup by Matt Treanor.
  • The Marlins hosted Bark at the Park on Thursday. Fans were allowed to bring their dogs to sit in four sections in the upper deck. Dog tickets were $6 per pet. There were 1,084 dogs in attendance and proceeds went to the Humane Society.
 
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J. Reyes
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
New York

M. Cameron
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 3
 

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New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS5223111 .270
Miguel Cairo, 2B5120112 .274
Mike Cameron, CF5233112 .371
Cliff Floyd, LF4211112 .271
Mike Piazza, C3210212 .239
    Mike DiFelice, C0000000 .000
David Wright, 3B4122102 .314
Doug Mientkiewicz, 1B5011003 .211
Eric Valent, RF4110115 .175
Kris Benson, P3111023 .300
   a- Kaz Matsui, PH1000001 .243
    Heath Bell, P1000002 .000
    Manny Aybar, P0000000 .000
Totals401214118825 
a-flied out for Benson in the 7th
Batting
2B - Mike Cameron 2 (7, Bazardo, Riedling), Cliff Floyd (4, Bazardo), Eric Valent (2, Riedling)
3B - Jose Reyes 2 (7, Castillo, Riedling)
RBI - Jose Reyes 3 (20), Mike Cameron 3 (11), Cliff Floyd (30), David Wright 2 (28), Doug Mientkiewicz (19), Kris Benson (1)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Reyes 2 (10), Mike Cameron (4), Kris Benson (1)
SB - Jose Reyes (10, 2nd base off Bazardo/Treanor), Miguel Cairo (4, 2nd base off Castillo/Treanor), Mike Cameron (4, 2nd base off Castillo/Treanor)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Benson-Cairo-Mientkiewicz
New York Mets
Kris Benson (W,3-1) 6533241 3.86
Heath Bell 2200050 2.95
Manny Aybar 1211010 4.70
HBP - Treanor (by Manny Aybar)
Pitches-Strikes - Kris Benson 98-64, Heath Bell 34-28, Manny Aybar 22-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kris Benson 5-8, Heath Bell 1-0, Manny Aybar 1-1
Batters Faced - Kris Benson 24, Heath Bell 8, Manny Aybar 6
Florida Marlins
Juan Pierre, CF5010001 .258
Damion Easley, 2B5010022 .253
Carlos Delgado, 1B3111000 .313
    Jeff Conine, 1B1000012 .313
Miguel Cabrera, LF2100100 .360
    Joe Dillon, LF1000001 .333
Juan Encarnacion, RF4130012 .273
Mike Lowell, 3B3110102 .208
Alex Gonzalez, SS4023010 .283
Matt Treanor, C3000032 .250
Frank Castillo, P1000000 .000
    Osorio Bazardo, P1000010 .000
    John Riedling, P0000000 .000
   a- Lenny Harris, PH1000010 .350
    Matt Perisho, P0000000 .000
    Todd Jones, P0000000 .000
   b- Paul Lo Duca, PH1000002 .299
Totals3549421014 
a-struck out for Riedling in the 7th
b-popped out for T. Jones in the 9th
Batting
2B - Juan Encarnacion (10, Benson), Mike Lowell (15, Aybar)
HR - Carlos Delgado (8, Benson)
RBI - Carlos Delgado (30), Alex Gonzalez 3 (20)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Delgado (11), Alex Gonzalez 2 (5)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Easley-A. Gonzalez-Delgado, Easley-A. Gonzalez-Conine
E - Damion Easley (4, Misplayed grounder)
Florida Marlins
Frank Castillo (L,0-1) 4.1455540 10.38
Osorio Bazardo 1.2554220 21.60
John Riedling 1322010 6.57
Matt Perisho 1100100 1.50
Todd Jones 1100010 1.25
WP - Osorio Bazardo (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Frank Castillo 92-49, Osorio Bazardo 48-27, John Riedling 22-14, Matt Perisho 19-11, Todd Jones 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Frank Castillo 1-8, Osorio Bazardo 2-1, John Riedling 1-1, Matt Perisho 2-1, Todd Jones 1-0
Batters Faced - Frank Castillo 22, Osorio Bazardo 12, John Riedling 6, Matt Perisho 5, Todd Jones 3
Game Information
Attendance - 20308
Game Time - 3:10
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Larry Poncino, First Base - Mark Wegner, Second Base - Paul Nauert, Third Base - Gary Darling