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N.Y. Mets (58-49) «100001020490
Florida (56-51)100000000160

Delgado's late HR helps Mets defeat Marlins, stay in first place

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MIAMI -- When slugger Carlos Delgado squared to bunt in the eighth inning, the pitch was inside for a ball, spoiling his bid to catch the Florida Marlins by surprise.

Just as well for the New York Mets. Three pitches later, Delgado hit a two-run homer, providing a cushion that helped beat Florida 4-1 on Tuesday night.

"It worked out in the end," Delgado said.

Oliver Perez pitched six innings for his first victory in a month, and Aaron Heilman and Billy Wagner completed a six-hitter. Nick Evans had two hits and scored New York's first two runs.

Florida fell two games behind the NL East-leading Mets.

"We have a long way to go," said Scott Olsen (6-6), who gave up two runs in 5 2/3 innings. "We have a lot of games against each other."

Second-place Philadelphia won and remained a half-game back.

The Mets led 2-1 in the eighth when Delgado batted against Renyel Pinto in a lefty-lefty matchup with a runner on first and no outs.

Delgado has never had a sacrifice bunt, but he was 0-for-4 lifetime with four strikeouts against Pinto, and with three infielders shifted to the right side, he squared thinking he might push the ball up the third-base line.

"If he threw me something over the plate, I was going to try to get it down," Delgado said. "I'm not very good at it. That's why I kind of resist against it. ... I got scared when he came up and in."

Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said he wasn't surprised to see Delgado thinking about a bunt.

"Not really, because he hasn't had success against Pinto," Gonzalez said. "With no out, it didn't surprise me whatsoever. I wish he would have done it now."

The count reached 2-2 before Delgado pulled a pitch for his 23rd home run -- his fifth against a left-hander.

"Delgado, left-on-left in that situation after he tried a bunt, that was big," Mets manager Jerry Manuel said with a chuckle. "That's OK, the bunt. I didn't mind the bunt, don't get me wrong."

The Mets liked the home run more.

"That was huge," Heilman said. "A three-run lead gives our pitcher room to be a lot more aggressive."

Heilman escaped a two-on, one-out jam in the seventh, then struck out the side in the eighth.

Wagner pitched a perfect ninth for his 27th save in 33 chances. He has allowed one hit and no runs in his past 10 innings.

Perez (7-6) left with a 2-1 lead and earned his first victory since June 29. He allowed five hits and walked three but shut out Florida over his final 5 1/3 innings.

"I'm thinking about trying to keep my team in the game," Perez said.

New York snapped a 1-1 tie with a run in the sixth. Evans singled, took second on a walk to Delgado and scored on Carlos Beltran's two-out single.

David Wright walked ahead of Delgado's home run and scored in his 13th consecutive game, breaking the team record Beltran set in 2006.

The Mets opened the game with three consecutive doubles but scored only one run. Jose Reyes tried to stretch his hit into a triple and was thrown out by left fielder Josh Willingham. Evans doubled and scored on a double by Wright, but Olsen retired the next three batters.

Olsen didn't give up another hit until Evans' one-out single in the sixth.

Florida scored in the first on consecutive two-out doubles by Jorge Cantu and Willingham. But the Marlins, who rallied in the eighth inning Monday to beat the Mets, couldn't pull off another comeback.

"It's tough to do every night," right fielder Jeremy Hermida said. "You don't want to put yourself in that position every night."

Notes

  • The Mets improved to 21-11 against left-handed starters.
  • Reyes swiped second in the seventh for the Mets' 100th stolen base, most in the NL.
  • The Marlins struck out 11 times, increasing their major league-leading total.
 
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Oliver Perez hurls six mostly effective innings to win at Florida for the second time this season.  (AP)
Oliver Perez hurls six mostly effective innings to win at Florida for the second time this season. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

C. Delgado
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
New York

O. Perez
IP 6.0
H 5
ER 1
BB 3
K 5
 

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New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS5030010 .302
Nick Evans, LF4220001 .250
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
   a- Robinson Cancel, PH1000001 .200
    Billy Wagner, P0000000 .000
David Wright, 3B3111111 .294
Carlos Delgado, 1B3112111 .263
Carlos Beltran, CF3011101 .267
Fernando Tatis, RF-LF4010011 .321
Damion Easley, 2B4000003 .275
Ramon Castro, C4000020 .276
Oliver Perez, P2000010 .156
   b- Argenis Reyes, PH1000010 .289
    Endy Chavez, RF1000000 .270
Totals3549438  
a-popped out for Heilman in the 9th
b-struck out for Perez in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jose Reyes 2 (29, Olsen, Tankersley), Nick Evans (4, Olsen), David Wright (28, Olsen)
HR - Carlos Delgado (23, Pinto)
RBI - David Wright (83), Carlos Delgado 2 (69), Carlos Beltran (72)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Beltran (22)
SB - Jose Reyes (35, 2nd base off Lindstrom/Hoover)
New York Mets
Oliver Perez (W,7-6) 6511350 4.02
Aaron Heilman (H,13) 2100240 4.60
Billy Wagner (S,27) 1000020 1.96
Pitches-Strikes - Oliver Perez 100-63, Aaron Heilman 37-21, Billy Wagner 19-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Oliver Perez 5-7, Aaron Heilman 1-1
Batters Faced - Oliver Perez 25, Aaron Heilman 9, Billy Wagner 3
Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez, SS4010130 .300
Jeremy Hermida, RF4000023 .254
    Renyel Pinto, P0000000 .000
    Doug Waechter, P0000000 .167
    Taylor Tankersley, P0000000 .000
Jorge Cantu, 1B4110002 .289
Josh Willingham, LF2011210 .270
Dan Uggla, 2B4000013 .266
Wes Helms, 3B4020001 .240
Cody Ross, CF-RF4000024 .255
Paul Hoover, C1000110 .200
   a- Alfredo Amezaga, PH-CF1000100 .266
Scott Olsen, P2010001 .190
    Matt Lindstrom, P0000000 .000
   b- Mike Jacobs, PH1000001 .246
    John Baker, C1000010 .191
Totals32161511  
a-walked for Hoover in the 7th
b-fouled out for Lindstrom in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jorge Cantu (27, Perez), Josh Willingham (12, Perez)
RBI - Josh Willingham (27)
2-OUT RBI - Josh Willingham (10)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Josh Willingham 1
Florida Marlins
Scott Olsen (L,6-6) 5.2622250 4.04
Matt Lindstrom 1.1100020 3.53
Renyel Pinto 0.1122101 2.90
Doug Waechter 0.2000010 3.25
Taylor Tankersley 1100000 8.15
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Olsen 90-60, Matt Lindstrom 21-14, Renyel Pinto 13-6, Doug Waechter 7-4, Taylor Tankersley 15-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Olsen 2-9, Matt Lindstrom 1-1
Batters Faced - Scott Olsen 24, Matt Lindstrom 5, Renyel Pinto 3, Doug Waechter 2, Taylor Tankersley 4
Game Information
Attendance - 25032
Game Time - 3:01
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Joe West, First Base - Ed Rapuano, Second Base - Ed Hickox, Third Base - C.B. Bucknor