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Johnson, Marlins take series from Mets, shake up NL East race

CBSSports.com wire reports
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MIAMI -- Even without Manny Ramirez, the Florida Marlins' offense is pretty potent.

With talk heating up about Florida trading for Ramirez, the Marlins roughed up Mike Pelfrey and tightened the NL East race by beating the New York Mets 7-5 on Wednesday night.

Josh Willingham and Jeremy Hermida, both mentioned as part of a possible deal, had two hits apiece for Florida.

"You put that aside when you step between the white lines," Hermida said. "I've still got a Marlins jersey on. It didn't affect me whatsoever."

Team president David Samson didn't rule out the possibility of acquiring Ramirez from the Boston Red Sox. On his weekly radio show, Samson said "everything is possible."

After the game, president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest -- who conducts the team's trade negotiations -- had only one comment for reporters as he attempted to cut off questions about Ramirez.

"Talk about tonight's game, guys," Beinfest said.

OK: Josh Johnson pitched 6 2/3 innings for his first victory in almost two years, and Hermida and Cody Ross both tripled in a five-run fourth inning against Pelfrey (9-7), who lost for the first time in eight decisions.

The defeat knocked the Mets out of first place in the division. Philadelphia, which beat Washington 8-5, moved into first, a half-game in front of New York and 1½ ahead of the Marlins.

The Marlins, who trailed 1-0, came from behind to win for the 32nd time, most in the NL. They overcame deficits during both victories in the three-game series.

Hermida started the hit parade in the fourth with a triple. One batter later, Jorge Cantu singled to tie the game 1-all.

Ross tripled two batters later on a two-out, 3-2 pitch to drive in Cantu and Willingham. John Baker added an RBI double, and Johnson also doubled home a run.

While the Marlins were batting around against Pelfrey in the fourth, the Ramirez rumors started heating up.

In the stadium, some fans were spotted with Manny signs, and the local television broadcast posed the question: Can Manny be Manny in South Florida?

Willingham, who went 2-for-3 and scored twice, said he didn't worry about a possible trade once the game started.

"I thought about it until about 7:05, and once the game started I was locked in on the game," Willingham said.

So was Johnson, who didn't know when his last win was.

"Two years, wow," Johnson said when a reporter told him. "Time flies, I guess."

Johnson (1-0) allowed eight hits and four runs in his fourth start since returning from reconstructive elbow surgery in August 2007. He last won on Aug. 28, 2006. The Marlins improved to 4-0 in his starts this year.

Pinch-hitter Damion Easley hit a three-run homer off Johnson in the seventh to cut the Mets' deficit to 5-4, but Dan Uggla hit a two-run homer in the eighth for Florida.

It was the 84th career homer for Uggla, who broke the major league record for most home runs by a second baseman in his first three seasons. Joe Gordon hit 83 with the New York Yankees from 1938-40.

Kevin Gregg allowed three consecutive two-out singles in the ninth, the third by Ramon Castro to drive in a run. But Jose Reyes flied out, and Gregg earned his 23rd save in 29 chances.

Pelfrey threw 42 pitches in a 24-minute fourth inning. The four-inning outing equaled his shortest of the season. He allowed eight hits and five runs. The Mets had been unbeaten in his past nine starts.

Notes

  • Mets 3B David Wright went 0-for-4, and his team-record streak of scoring in 13 consecutive games ended.
  • Mets OF Ryan Church will begin his rehabilitation stint with Class-A St. Lucie on Thursday.
  • The Marlins sent RHP Daniel Barone outright to Triple-A Albuquerque.
  • After the game, Florida optioned LHP Taylor Tankersley to Triple-A Albuquerque.
 
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Jeremy Hermida chips in two hits, including a triple, to help the Marlins pull within 1 1/2 games of first.  (AP)
Jeremy Hermida chips in two hits, including a triple, to help the Marlins pull within 1 1/2 games of first. (AP)

Players of the Game
Florida

D. Uggla
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
New York

D. Easley
AB 1
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS4120102 .303
Argenis Reyes, 2B4010012 .286
David Wright, 3B4000011 .291
Carlos Delgado, 1B4000001 .260
Carlos Beltran, CF3000120 .265
Fernando Tatis, RF4110011 .319
Marlon Anderson, LF4230000 .224
Brian Schneider, C4020013 .249
Mike Pelfrey, P1000000 .105
   a- Nick Evans, PH1000001 .244
    Carlos Muniz, P0000000 .000
   b- Damion Easley, PH1113000 .279
    Duaner Sanchez, P0000000 .000
    Joe Smith, P0000000 .000
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
   c- Ramon Castro, PH1011000 .283
    Endy Chavez, PR0000000 .270
Totals35511426  
a-grounded out for Pelfrey in the 5th
b-homered for Muniz in the 7th
c-singled for Feliciano in the 9th
Batting
HR - Damion Easley (4, Johnson)
RBI - Damion Easley 3 (29), Ramon Castro (21)
2-OUT RBI - Damion Easley 3 (14), Ramon Castro (15)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Carlos Beltran 1
New York Mets
Mike Pelfrey (L,9-7) 4855030 3.91
Carlos Muniz 2100040 5.14
Duaner Sanchez 1100000 3.88
Joe Smith 0.1122201 3.95
Pedro Feliciano 0.2000010 4.03
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Pelfrey 78-47, Carlos Muniz 31-21, Duaner Sanchez 9-7, Joe Smith 13-4, Pedro Feliciano 8-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Pelfrey 5-3, Carlos Muniz 1-1, Duaner Sanchez 1-2, Pedro Feliciano 1-0
Batters Faced - Mike Pelfrey 19, Carlos Muniz 7, Duaner Sanchez 4, Joe Smith 4, Pedro Feliciano 2
Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez, SS4000001 .297
Jeremy Hermida, RF4120000 .257
Jorge Cantu, 3B-1B4111021 .289
Josh Willingham, LF3220110 .276
Dan Uggla, 2B4122023 .269
Mike Jacobs, 1B3010012 .247
    Alfredo Amezaga, 3B1000000 .265
Cody Ross, CF3112101 .256
John Baker, C4111021 .196
Josh Johnson, P2011000 .222
    Renyel Pinto, P0000000 .000
   a- Luis Gonzalez, PH1000000 .260
    Joe Nelson, P0000000 .000
   b- Wes Helms, PH1000001 .239
    Kevin Gregg, P0000000 .000
Totals34711728  
a-grounded out for Pinto in the 7th
b-grounded out for Nelson in the 8th
Batting
2B - Josh Willingham (13, Muniz), Mike Jacobs (17, Pelfrey), John Baker (2, Pelfrey), Josh Johnson (1, Pelfrey)
3B - Jeremy Hermida (3, Pelfrey), Cody Ross (3, Pelfrey)
HR - Dan Uggla (26, Smith)
RBI - Jorge Cantu (61), Dan Uggla 2 (65), Cody Ross 2 (53), John Baker (9), Josh Johnson (2)
2-OUT RBI - Cody Ross 2 (20), John Baker (2), Josh Johnson (2)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - H. Ramirez-Uggla-Jacobs, Johnson-H. Ramirez-Jacobs, Cantu-Jacobs
Florida Marlins
Josh Johnson (W,1-0) 6.2844221 4.18
Renyel Pinto (H,16) 0.1000000 2.88
Joe Nelson (H,4) 1000020 1.61
Kevin Gregg (S,23) 1311020 2.47
WP - Josh Johnson (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Johnson 104-64, Renyel Pinto 5-3, Joe Nelson 14-10, Kevin Gregg 23-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Johnson 11-4
Batters Faced - Josh Johnson 27, Renyel Pinto 1, Joe Nelson 3, Kevin Gregg 6
Game Information
Attendance - 25902
Game Time - 2:48
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Ed Rapuano, First Base - Ed Hickox, Second Base - C.B. Bucknor, Third Base - Joe West