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N.Y. Mets (84-68)2010000040790
Florida (66-87) «00004000318210

No three-run lead is safe as Mets continue slide

CBSSports.com wire reports
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MIAMI -- The New York Mets twice blew a three-run lead, and they might be about to blow the NL East.

With closer Billy Wagner out because of back spasms, the Florida Marlins took advantage to rally in the ninth inning, then scored in the 10th on Dan Uggla's RBI double to beat New York 8-7 Thursday night.

The Mets' lead was cut to 1½ games by second-place Philadelphia, which rallied past Washington 7-6. New York led by seven games on Sept. 12 but has lost six of its past seven.

"Things are not going our way," center fielder Carlos Beltran said. "It seems like every team comes back on us real easy."

The latest loss was filled with bad vibes for the Mets.

Minus Wagner, New York gave up three runs in the ninth that forced extra innings. Starter Tom Glavine, unbeaten since July 2, failed to hold a 3-0 lead. Right fielder Lastings Milledge was ejected after he flied out in the seventh. Reliever Aaron Heilman was hit by a ball thrown from the stands in the eighth.

"We're in a rut right now," Glavine said. "There are a lot of crazy things happening. We seemed to have a little bit of everything go wrong."

Even so, the Mets scored four times in the ninth to take a 7-4 lead, keyed by pinch-hitter Marlon Anderson's three-run double.

"After we scored four in the ninth, I was saying, 'We've got this one,'" Beltran said. "But we didn't."

Florida outhit the Mets 21-9, and five hits and three runs came off Jorge Sosa (9-8), who failed in a bid for his first save of the season.

Wagner said his upper back bothered him before the game. He received treatment, but when he tried to warm up for the ninth, he was able to throw only one pitch.

"It locked up again, and I just couldn't do anything," Wagner said. "It stinks. It's my job. I should be the one out there either getting it done or not getting it done."

Wagner said his status is day to day.

Jeremy Hermida led off the bottom of the ninth with a single and Miguel Cabrera doubled. Alfredo Amezaga's grounder scored a run, and another run came home on Mike Jacobs' infield hit.

Cody Ross' fly ball landed a foot fair for a double, and the tying run scored on Matt Treanor's groundout.

Hanley Ramirez led off the Florida 10th with an infield single, his 200th hit of the year. Uggla then doubled off the scoreboard and was mobbed by teammates as the dazed Mets walked off the field.

Taylor Tankersley (6-1) pitched a scoreless 10th for the Marlins, who broke a four-game losing streak. They improved to 1-5 in Miami against the Mets this year.

"For us to affect their season is huge," Jacobs said. "The way we won today, and the team we beat, make it doubly special."

Moises Alou hit a two-run double in the Mets first to extend his hitting streak to 24 games, the longest of his career and the longest in the NL this year.

But the Mets lost Milledge in the seventh, when the excitable outfielder was ejected by plate umpire Jim Joyce for arguing about balls and strikes after a flyout. Milledge went into the dugout, then came back onto the field to yell at Joyce and had to be restrained by coach Rickey Henderson.

Milledge declined to talk to reporters after the game.

The visitors had plenty of support from the crowd of 15,132. Fans chanted "Let's go Mets!" beginning in the first inning, and when David Wright doubled home a run in the third, there were chants of "M-V-P! M-V-P!"

But not all of the crowd favored the Mets. Heilman was warming up for the eighth inning when he was hit on the left forearm by a ball thrown from the stands.

"I didn't see it," he said. "It hit me square."

A fan was ejected.

Glavine appeared on his way to career win No. 304 when he took the mound in the fifth with a 3-0 lead. But he gave up five consecutive hits, and the Marlins hit for the cycle in the inning, including Cabrera's go-ahead, three-run homer.

Florida's Dontrelle Willis allowed three runs in six innings, and his fluke double leading off the fifth started the Marlins' first comeback.

Notes

  • 2B Ruben Gotay was a late replacement for Luis Castillo (knee) and made a nifty pickup to start a double play in the second.
  • Castillo said he expects to play Friday.
  • Willis went 2-for-2, hiking his average to .271.
  • Willis needed 12 pitches to strike out the final batter he faced, Gotay.
  • 2B Uggla made a backhanded stop and threw from the outfield grass to rob Alou of a hit in the sixth.
 
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Alfredo Amezaga and Dontrelle Willis mob Hanley Ramirez after he scores the winning run.  (AP)
Alfredo Amezaga and Dontrelle Willis mob Hanley Ramirez after he scores the winning run. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

M. Anderson
AB 1
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 3
Florida

D. Uggla
AB 6
R 1
H 4
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS5110033 .288
Lastings Milledge, RF2100000 .273
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .000
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
   a- Marlon Anderson, PH1113000 .297
    Ramon Castro, C0000000 .282
David Wright, 3B4031001 .318
Carlos Beltran, CF5111024 .277
Moises Alou, LF4012102 .343
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
    Jorge Sosa, P0000000 .200
Jeff Conine, 1B4010134 .257
Paul Lo Duca, C4010001 .270
    Carlos Gomez, PR-RF1100001 .241
Ruben Gotay, 2B5100032 .295
Tom Glavine, P2000000 .214
    Joe Smith, P0000000 .000
    Scott Schoeneweis, P0000000 .000
   b- Shawn Green, PH-RF1100100 .288
    Endy Chavez, LF1000001 .274
Totals39797311  
a-doubled for Heilman in the 9th
b-grounded out for Schoeneweis in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jose Reyes (34, Willis), Marlon Anderson (7, Gregg), David Wright 2 (40, Willis, Willis), Moises Alou (17, Willis), Paul Lo Duca (17, Gregg)
SH - Lastings Milledge (1)
RBI - Marlon Anderson 3 (27), David Wright (103), Carlos Beltran (103), Moises Alou 2 (40)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Beltran (24), Moises Alou 2 (9)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Gotay-Reyes-Conine
New York Mets
Tom Glavine 51144131 3.97
Joe Smith 0.2200010 3.24
Scott Schoeneweis 0.1000000 5.27
Guillermo Mota 1100000 5.91
Aaron Heilman 1100000 3.08
Pedro Feliciano0111000 3.02
Jorge Sosa (BS,2; L,9-8) 1533000 4.61
Pitches-Strikes - Tom Glavine 107-64, Joe Smith 12-7, Scott Schoeneweis 3-2, Guillermo Mota 13-7, Aaron Heilman 12-9, Pedro Feliciano 1-1, Jorge Sosa 29-21
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tom Glavine 4-6, Scott Schoeneweis 1-0, Guillermo Mota 1-2, Aaron Heilman 1-2, Jorge Sosa 2-1
Batters Faced - Tom Glavine 25, Joe Smith 4, Scott Schoeneweis 1, Guillermo Mota 4, Aaron Heilman 4, Pedro Feliciano 1, Jorge Sosa 8
Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez, SS6131002 .333
Dan Uggla, 2B6141012 .246
Jeremy Hermida, RF5230003 .287
Miguel Cabrera, 3B4223101 .322
Josh Willingham, LF4020023 .266
    Alfredo Amezaga, PR-CF1001000 .266
Mike Jacobs, 1B5021002 .276
    Reggie Abercrombie, PR0100000 .205
    Taylor Tankersley, P0000000 .000
Cody Ross, CF-LF5020002 .340
Matt Treanor, C5001011 .279
Dontrelle Willis, P2120000 .271
   a- Alejandro De Aza, PH1000000 .216
    Lee Gardner, P0000000 .000
    Justin Miller, P0000000 .000
   b- Todd Linden, PH1010000 .231
    Kevin Gregg, P0000000 .000
    Matt Lindstrom, P0000000 .000
   c- Jason Wood, PH-1B1000001 .245
Totals46821814  
a-flied out for Willis in the 6th
b-doubled for Miller in the 8th
c-fouled out for Lindstrom in the 9th
Batting
2B - Hanley Ramirez (44, Glavine), Dan Uggla 2 (46, Glavine, Sosa), Miguel Cabrera (35, Sosa), Dontrelle Willis (2, Glavine), Todd Linden (5, Heilman)
3B - Mike Jacobs (2, Glavine)
HR - Miguel Cabrera (33, Glavine)
RBI - Hanley Ramirez (75), Dan Uggla (84), Miguel Cabrera 3 (109), Alfredo Amezaga (30), Mike Jacobs (52), Matt Treanor (17)
SB - Alfredo Amezaga (13, 2nd base off Mota/Lo Duca)
CS - Hanley Ramirez (14, 3rd base by Glavine/Lo Duca)
Team LOB - 12
Florida Marlins
Dontrelle Willis 6533160 5.32
Lee Gardner (H,6) 1000010 2.10
Justin Miller (H,15) 1100020 3.26
Kevin Gregg (BS,4) 0.2344110 3.67
Matt Lindstrom 0.1000000 3.34
Taylor Tankersley (W,6-1) 1000110 4.14
IBB - Alou by Dontrelle Willis
HBP - Milledge (by Dontrelle Willis), Wright (by Dontrelle Willis)
Pitches-Strikes - Dontrelle Willis 78-44, Lee Gardner 12-8, Justin Miller 11-9, Kevin Gregg 30-16, Matt Lindstrom 3-1, Taylor Tankersley 8-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dontrelle Willis 6-6, Lee Gardner 1-1, Kevin Gregg 2-0, Matt Lindstrom 1-0, Taylor Tankersley 2-0
Batters Faced - Dontrelle Willis 26, Lee Gardner 3, Justin Miller 4, Kevin Gregg 7, Matt Lindstrom 1, Taylor Tankersley 4
Game Information
Attendance - 15132
Game Time - 3:52
Temperature - 87
Umpires - Home - Jim Joyce, First Base - Adam Dowdy, Second Base - Jim Wolf, Third Base - Tim Tschida