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Alou goes yard twice, saves Mets from being swept

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- After the Mets endured tough losses the previous two nights because of bullpen meltdowns, Aaron Heilman and Billy Wagner were hoping for a chance to redeem themselves.

So it was appropriate that the New York bullpen found itself in another squeaker Sunday against Florida. This time, Heilman, Wagner and Co. came through, giving the Mets a chance to get the bats going late in a confidence-building 10-4 win over the Marlins.

"It's always good when you get the opportunity to pitch the next day," said Heilman, who gave up an eighth-inning, two-run single to Miguel Cabrera in a 7-5 loss Saturday night. "You can't let yesterday affect today."

This time, Moises Alou's second home run of the game gave the Mets a 5-4 lead in the sixth. Jorge Sosa (8-6) then pitched the second of his two scoreless innings, Heilman worked a perfect eighth and Wagner closed it out with a 1-2-3 ninth for the Mets, who avoided a three-game sweep.

"The guys are very capable," Wagner said. "A lot of the things that happened the last few nights were very flukish."

Jose Reyes and Carlos Delgado also homered for the first-place Mets, who snapped a three-game skid and finished a disappointing homestand with a 2-4 record against NL East rivals Atlanta and Florida.

"It wasn't the homestand we wanted, but we got it done in the end," manager Willie Randolph said.

Hanley Ramirez hit a leadoff homer for the Marlins, who had won three in a row.

"It was just too bad we couldn't close this one out, but taking two out of three here is a good thing for us. It's a good team over here, a tough environment here. It was a good series for us," Marlins first baseman Jason Wood said.

Alou, who had three hits, erased a 1-0 deficit in the second with a three-run shot off Rick VandenHurk. In the sixth, Alou lined his second home run to left off Lee Gardner (3-3).

Alou has seven home runs this season -- and three two-homer games. It was his 31st career multihomer game.

"I feel good at the plate right now," Alou said. "Unfortunately, we had a rough series. It's nice to go into a day off with a victory."

But after three consecutive difficult losses, this victory was far from pretty for the Mets. Backup catcher Ramon Castro left with an injury on the same day starter Paul Lo Duca went on the disabled list because of a strained right hamstring, and the near-capacity crowd sat through some sloppy play in the field.

On a play at the plate in the third, Castro was unable to hold onto right fielder Shawn Green's throw that would have nailed Cody Ross. It would have been a nice payback; Ross threw out Reyes at home on Saturday night.

The next batter, Matt Treanor, popped up to left but Alou lost the ball in the sun and could only crouch, protecting his face as the ball came down 10 feet behind him for a single.

With Ross on first in the fifth inning, Oliver Perez bounced a pickoff throw past Delgado. When Ross tried for second, Delgado threw the ball into left field. Ross ended up at third on the two throwing errors.

Castro's replacement, Mike DiFelice, picked up his teammates by picking off Ross at third base for the final out of the inning.

Castro left after three innings because of back discomfort that likely was sustained on the play at the plate. Randolph said it was a lower back strain and Castro went for an MRI exam during the game. He's day to day.

The Mets broke it open with five runs in the eighth. Delgado hit a two-run shot an estimated 445 feet to center off Taylor Tankersley, his 18th homer of the season. Luis Castillo's RBI single made it 8-4, and pinch-hitter Lastings Milledge capped the outburst with a two-run single on a hit-and-run.

When Reyes broke for second, so did Marlins second baseman Dan Uggla, who tried to get back to field Milledge's grounder but let the ball deflect off his glove and into the outfield. The speedy Reyes never stopped running and scored from first -- without a slide -- on the infield single.

Uggla was slow to retrieve the ball. His throw home was in time but wide, and Reyes kicked Treanor in the head and knocked the ball free as the catcher lunged across the plate.

"I just wanted to run a little bit," a smiling Reyes said.

Ramirez hit Perez's third pitch to left for his 21st homer. It was his fifth leadoff home run this year, and second in less than a week. He also did it at Philadelphia on Tuesday.

Perez allowed four runs and six hits in five innings with four walks and four strikeouts.

The Marlins erased a 3-1 deficit in the third on Ross' RBI single and Wood's two-run single, which culminated with the play at the plate.

Reyes tied the score at 4-4 with a leadoff homer in the third, his ninth.

Notes

  • The Mets honored 300-game winner Tom Glavine with a pregame ceremony that delayed the start by 29 minutes.
  • Uggla, slumping on the road trip, did not start. Alfredo Amezaga started at 2B for Florida.
  • Lo Duca, who was expected to get an MRI exam Sunday, will instead have one Monday.
 
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Shawn Green gives props to Moises Alou, who hits his second home run of the afternoon.  (US Presswire)
Shawn Green gives props to Moises Alou, who hits his second home run of the afternoon. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
New York

M. Alou
AB 4
R 3
H 3
HR 2
RBI 4
New York

C. Delgado
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez, SS5111003 .341
Alejandro De Aza, CF4110012 .333
   a- Todd Linden, PH1000010 .235
Miguel Cabrera, 3B3110210 .335
Josh Willingham, LF3000113 .271
Cody Ross, RF4121012 .301
Jason Wood, 1B4012014 .277
    Taylor Tankersley, P0000000 .000
    Ross Wolf, P0000000 .000
Matt Treanor, C4010011 .292
Alfredo Amezaga, 2B-1B4010002 .269
Rick VandenHurk, P1000102 .071
   b- Mike Jacobs, PH1010000 .246
    Lee Gardner, P0000000 .000
    Dan Uggla, 2B1000010 .248
Totals3549448  
a-struck out for De Aza in the 9th
b-singled for VandenHurk in the 6th
Batting
2B - Cody Ross (9, Perez)
HR - Hanley Ramirez (21, Perez)
RBI - Hanley Ramirez (59), Cody Ross (20), Jason Wood 2 (25)
PK - Cody Ross (1, Perez)
Team LOB - 8
Florida Marlins
Rick VandenHurk 5344362 7.46
Lee Gardner (L,3-3) 1.1111131 2.52
Taylor Tankersley 1333111 5.24
Ross Wolf 0.2322000 18.00
Pitches-Strikes - Rick VandenHurk 86-52, Lee Gardner 24-14, Taylor Tankersley 27-18, Ross Wolf 17-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rick VandenHurk 2-7, Lee Gardner 1-0, Ross Wolf 1-1
Batters Faced - Rick VandenHurk 21, Lee Gardner 6, Taylor Tankersley 7, Ross Wolf 5
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS4211102 .306
Ruben Gotay, 2B3010101 .343
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
   a- Lastings Milledge, PH1012000 .309
    Billy Wagner, P0000000 .000
Carlos Beltran, CF5000025 .258
David Wright, 3B2200221 .305
Carlos Delgado, 1B4222001 .251
Moises Alou, LF4334010 .311
Shawn Green, RF4000021 .272
Ramon Castro, C1000010 .282
    Mike DiFelice, C3110020 .333
Oliver Perez, P1000000 .200
   b- David Newhan, PH1000000 .203
    Jorge Sosa, P0000000 .208
   c- Damion Easley, PH0000100 .269
    Luis Castillo, 2B1011000 .306
Totals34101010510  
a-singled for Heilman in the 8th
b-lined out for Perez in the 5th
c-walked for Sosa in the 7th
Batting
HR - Jose Reyes (9, VandenHurk), Carlos Delgado (18, Tankersley), Moises Alou 2 (7, VandenHurk, Gardner)
RBI - Jose Reyes (47), Lastings Milledge 2 (18), Carlos Delgado 2 (67), Moises Alou 4 (23), Luis Castillo (23)
2-OUT RBI - Lastings Milledge 2 (8), Moises Alou (6)
SB - Jose Reyes (56, 2nd base off VandenHurk/Treanor), Ruben Gotay (3, 2nd base off VandenHurk/Treanor)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - Carlos Delgado (7, Throwing), Oliver Perez (3, Throwing)
New York Mets
Oliver Perez 5644441 3.46
Jorge Sosa (W,8-6) 2300020 4.12
Aaron Heilman (H,13) 1000010 3.60
Billy Wagner 1000010 1.58
WP - Oliver Perez 2 (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Oliver Perez 97-59, Jorge Sosa 33-22, Aaron Heilman 10-6, Billy Wagner 17-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Oliver Perez 2-8, Aaron Heilman 1-1
Batters Faced - Oliver Perez 24, Jorge Sosa 9, Aaron Heilman 3, Billy Wagner 3
Game Information
Attendance - 51023
Game Time - 3:08
Temperature - 84
Umpires - Home - Chad Fairchild, First Base - Chuck Meriwether, Second Base - Rick Reed, Third Base - Alfonso Marquez