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Marlins use 31st come-from-behind win of season to beat Mets

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MIAMI -- With another come-from-behind win, the surprising Florida Marlins are on the verge of erasing the New York Mets' lead in the NL East.

Dan Uggla and Cody Ross hit RBI singles to spark a five-run eighth inning, and Florida overtook New York 7-3 Monday night.

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.

The run was charged to Doug Waechter (3-2), who went one inning. Kevin Gregg pitched a perfect ninth.

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.

Florida tied it in the sixth against Carlos Muniz. Mike Jacobs walked with two out, took second on a wild pitch and came home on Ross' single.

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.

Notes

  • Mets RHP Pedro Martinez, who has been away following the death of his father, is expected to rejoin the team and throw in the bullpen Tuesday. He's scheduled to start Friday at Houston.
  • Marlins C Matt Treanor (hip), sidelined since July 8, was examined Monday in Philadelphia by Dr. Williams Meyers, who ruled out surgery. Treanor will resume a rehabilitation program, the team said.
  • The Marlins said CF Alejandro De Aza, sidelined all season by an ankle injury, underwent surgery last week.
  • Maine has 47 strikeouts in 35 career innings against Florida.
 
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Cody Ross and the Marlins are no strangers when it comes to late-game celebrations.  (US Presswire)
Cody Ross and the Marlins are no strangers when it comes to late-game celebrations. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Florida

C. Ross
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
New York

F. Tatis
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS5000012 .298
Endy Chavez, RF4010001 .272
David Wright, 3B4110012 .293
Carlos Delgado, 1B4010001 .262
Carlos Beltran, CF3110111 .266
Fernando Tatis, LF4122010 .322
    Scott Schoeneweis, P0000000 .000
Damion Easley, 2B4021002 .280
Brian Schneider, C2000022 .244
   a- Nick Evans, PH0000100 .225
    Ramon Castro, C1000000 .287
John Maine, P2000021 .116
    Carlos Muniz, P0000000 .000
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
   b- Argenis Reyes, PH0000000 .297
    Duaner Sanchez, P0000000 .000
    Joe Smith, P0000000 .000
    Marlon Anderson, LF1000010 .207
Totals3438329  
a-walked for Schneider in the 7th
b-hit a sacrifice bunt for Feliciano in the 7th
Batting
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
Fielding
DP - Reyes-Easley-Delgado
New York Mets
John Maine 4.1411161 4.13
Carlos Muniz 1.1311100 5.68
Pedro Feliciano 0.1000010 4.10
Duaner Sanchez 1100020 3.97
Joe Smith (BS,3; L,1-3)0222000 3.56
Scott Schoeneweis 1433010 3.02
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
Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez, SS5020013 .300
Jeremy Hermida, RF3010111 .257
    Doug Waechter, P0000000 .167
   a- Robert Andino, PH1012000 .213
    Kevin Gregg, P0000000 .000
Jorge Cantu, 3B-1B5010003 .290
Josh Willingham, LF4120003 .267
Dan Uggla, 2B4111023 .269
Mike Jacobs, 1B2110110 .247
   b- Wes Helms, PH-3B1110000 .235
Cody Ross, CF-RF4122021 .259
John Baker, C4221012 .196
Ricky Nolasco, P2000011 .086
    Renyel Pinto, P0000000 .000
   c- Alfredo Amezaga, PH-CF2000013 .267
Totals377146210  
a-doubled for Waechter in the 8th
b-singled for Jacobs in the 8th
c-struck out for Pinto in the 7th
Batting
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
Fielding
E - Dan Uggla (7, Misplayed grounder)
Florida Marlins
Ricky Nolasco 6722080 3.94
Renyel Pinto 1000100 2.61
Doug Waechter (W,3-2) 1111100 3.29
Kevin Gregg 1000010 2.34
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
Game Information
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