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|Florida (56-50) «||0||0||0||0||1||1||0||5||x||7||14||1|
The Marlins have rallied to win 31 times this year, most in the National League.
"You definitely don't draw it up like that," Ross said. "You'd rather go out there and win 4-0. But it shows how much heart we have as a team."
The latest Marlins' rally came one day after they blew a 5-0 lead in a loss to the Chicago Cubs. Florida's comeback kids, who have by far the smallest payroll in the majors, closed within a game of division leader New York.
"It's just about riding the wave," Uggla said. "If we keep playing the way we're playing, showing up at the ballpark and doing our thing, we'll be fine."
Idle Philadelphia pulled within a half-game of New York. Adding to the Mets' gloom, starter John Maine left the game after 4 1/3 innings because of a stiff shoulder, and he'll return to New York for tests.
"I'm frustrated because I want to go out there and pitch," Maine said.
Florida is last in the majors in attendance, but there was a lively atmosphere for the series opener, thanks in part to the transplanted New Yorkers in the crowd of 23,165 who chanted "Let's go Mets!" from the first inning on.
"It's kind of annoying," Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco said. "But the Marlins fans are defending us, and it's exciting to get the fans going back and forth."
The cheers were all for the home team in the bottom of the eighth. The Marlins lead the majors in home runs, but this time they scored with finesse, bunching five consecutive hits.
"We actually played some small ball," Uggla said. "Next thing you know, we've got some runs."
With Florida trailing 3-2, Josh Willingham led off with a double against Joe Smith (1-3), and Uggla followed with a tying single. Uggla took third when pinch-hitter Wes Helms singled off Scott Schoeneweis, and Ross followed with a base hit to put the Marlins ahead.
John Baker's sacrifice bunt went for a hit to load the bases. Schoeneweis retired the next two batters and was one strike from getting out of the inning, but a wild pitch let in a run, and pinch-hitter Robert Andino hit a two-run double.
"They turned things in their favor, and we have to give them credit for it," Mets shortstop Jose Reyes said.
The comeback erased the sting of two fielding lapses by Florida that allowed New York to take the lead in the top of the eighth. First the Marlins left a base uncovered, allowing David Wright to advance to third, and then they failed to turn a routine double play that would have ended the inning.
Baker hit his third homer for Florida's first run. Nolasco allowed two runs and seven hits in six innings.
Maine took a 2-0 lead into the fifth, but when he fell behind leadoff batter Baker 2-0, a trainer and manager Jerry Manuel went to the mound.
Maine stayed in the game, and Baker -- batting .163 -- homered on the next pitch. After Maine retired the next batter, Manuel removed him. The right-hander threw 75 pitches.
"I didn't like what I saw, so to be on the safe side, I got him out," Manuel said.
Maine said he had felt pain in the back of his shoulder since his last start.
"It was sore, but I told them I could go out there and pitch," he said.
New York went ahead in the top of the eighth. After Wright led off with a single, the Marlins went with their standard shift for Carlos Delgado, bunching three infielders on the right side.
Delgado topped a grounder to first baseman Jacobs, who threw to the pitcher covering first for the out. But with no one covering third, Wright kept running and advanced uncontested.
"We may not see that play again," Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said.
Carlos Beltran was intentionally walked, and when the Marlins failed to turn a double play on Fernando Tatis' grounder, Wright put the Mets ahead by scoring in his 12th consecutive game, which tied Beltran's team record set in 2006.
|Cody Ross and the Marlins are no strangers when it comes to late-game celebrations. (US Presswire)|
|Players of the Game|
|New York Mets|
|Jose Reyes, SS||5||0||0||0||0||1||2||.298|
|Endy Chavez, RF||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.272|
|David Wright, 3B||4||1||1||0||0||1||2||.293|
|Carlos Delgado, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.262|
|Carlos Beltran, CF||3||1||1||0||1||1||1||.266|
|Fernando Tatis, LF||4||1||2||2||0||1||0||.322|
|Scott Schoeneweis, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Damion Easley, 2B||4||0||2||1||0||0||2||.280|
|Brian Schneider, C||2||0||0||0||0||2||2||.244|
|a- Nick Evans, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.225|
|Ramon Castro, C||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.287|
|John Maine, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||1||.116|
|Carlos Muniz, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Pedro Feliciano, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Argenis Reyes, PH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.297|
|Duaner Sanchez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Joe Smith, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Marlon Anderson, LF||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.207|
|a-walked for Schneider in the 7th|
|b-hit a sacrifice bunt for Feliciano in the 7th|
|3B - Fernando Tatis (1, Nolasco)|
|SH - Argenis Reyes (2)|
|RBI - Fernando Tatis 2 (28), Damion Easley (26)|
|CS - Carlos Delgado (1, 2nd base by Nolasco/Baker)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Reyes-Easley-Delgado|
|New York Mets|
|Joe Smith (BS,3; L,1-3)||0||2||2||2||0||0||0||3.56|
|WP - Carlos Muniz (2), Scott Schoeneweis 2 (3)|
|Pitches-Strikes - John Maine 75-47, Carlos Muniz 32-15, Pedro Feliciano 5-3, Duaner Sanchez 25-16, Joe Smith 8-4, Scott Schoeneweis 28-19|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Maine 3-4, Carlos Muniz 1-2, Duaner Sanchez 1-0, Scott Schoeneweis 1-1|
|Batters Faced - John Maine 18, Carlos Muniz 7, Pedro Feliciano 1, Duaner Sanchez 4, Joe Smith 2, Scott Schoeneweis 7|
|Hanley Ramirez, SS||5||0||2||0||0||1||3||.300|
|Jeremy Hermida, RF||3||0||1||0||1||1||1||.257|
|Doug Waechter, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.167|
|a- Robert Andino, PH||1||0||1||2||0||0||0||.213|
|Kevin Gregg, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jorge Cantu, 3B-1B||5||0||1||0||0||0||3||.290|
|Josh Willingham, LF||4||1||2||0||0||0||3||.267|
|Dan Uggla, 2B||4||1||1||1||0||2||3||.269|
|Mike Jacobs, 1B||2||1||1||0||1||1||0||.247|
|b- Wes Helms, PH-3B||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||.235|
|Cody Ross, CF-RF||4||1||2||2||0||2||1||.259|
|John Baker, C||4||2||2||1||0||1||2||.196|
|Ricky Nolasco, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.086|
|Renyel Pinto, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Alfredo Amezaga, PH-CF||2||0||0||0||0||1||3||.267|
|a-doubled for Waechter in the 8th|
|b-singled for Jacobs in the 8th|
|c-struck out for Pinto in the 7th|
|2B - Hanley Ramirez (23, Muniz), Jeremy Hermida (20, Maine), Robert Andino (2, Schoeneweis), Josh Willingham (11, Smith)|
|HR - John Baker (3, Maine)|
|RBI - Robert Andino 2 (9), Dan Uggla (63), Cody Ross 2 (51), John Baker (8)|
|2-OUT RBI - Robert Andino 2 (4), Cody Ross (18)|
|SB - Hanley Ramirez (25, 2nd base off Sanchez/Castro)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|E - Dan Uggla (7, Misplayed grounder)|
|Doug Waechter (W,3-2)||1||1||1||1||1||0||0||3.29|
|IBB - Beltran by Doug Waechter|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ricky Nolasco 98-69, Renyel Pinto 17-11, Doug Waechter 12-6, Kevin Gregg 11-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricky Nolasco 4-6, Renyel Pinto 2-1, Doug Waechter 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Ricky Nolasco 25, Renyel Pinto 4, Doug Waechter 5, Kevin Gregg 3|
|Attendance - 23165|
|Game Time - 3:15|
|Temperature - 85|
|Umpires - Home - C.B. Bucknor, First Base - Joe West, Second Base - Ed Rapuano, Third Base - Ed Hickox|