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Florida (4-0) «1100011015110

Marlins nip Mets in ninth, improve to 4-0 for first time

CBSSports.com wire reports
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MIAMI -- With the games getting closer, the Florida Marlins keep winning.

Jorge Cantu singled with two out in the ninth to score Emilio Bonifacio, and the Marlins remained unbeaten through four games by defeating the New York Mets 5-4 on Friday night.

The one-run margin was the first this season for Florida, the only unbeaten team in the majors.

"Man, there's a lot of excitement out there," Cantu said. "We're having fun. We're off to a great start, and hopefully it will set the tone for the rest of the season."

While the Marlins are 4-0 for the first time in franchise history, manager Fredi Gonzalez said 162 victories are unlikely.

"We may kick one. Maybe 161," he said with a laugh. "No, it's a good start."

The Mets fell to 2-2 because they left 14 runners on base, stranding at least one every inning.

"A couple of hits here and there, and we could have broken it open," manager Jerry Manuel said.

After New York tied the game in the top of the ninth, Bonifacio reached on an infield single off Pedro Feliciano (0-1) with one out. Darren O'Day walked Hanley Ramirez, and Cantu singled to left on an 0-1 pitch, with Bonifacio sliding home ahead of the throw.

O'Day was a minor-league teammate last year of Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart, who died early Thursday in a car crash.

"It hasn't been a normal week for sure," O'Day said. "But when I went out there I was focused on one thing -- doing my job."

Said Manuel: "You just don't know how a person is going to grieve. I don't know if it has affected him or not."

Marlins newcomer Bonifacio went 3-for-5 for his fourth consecutive multi-hit game, hiking his average to .579 (11-for-19). He scored three times and has nine runs this season.

"If he doesn't get better, we're going to send him to Albuquerque," Gonzalez said.

Bonifacio also used his speed to give Florida a 4-3 lead. He reached on a two-out bunt single in the seventh against Bobby Parnell, went to third on a bloop single by John Baker and came home on Ramirez's single.

Ramirez and Dan Uggla each hit a solo homer for Florida. Ramirez is batting .500 with eight RBI, and the team average is .309.

"When it comes time to do the job, we've been doing it," Ramirez said. "Everybody is helping."

The Mets scored once in the ninth off closer Matt Lindstrom (1-0) to tie the game. Carlos Beltran and Ryan Church singled, and pinch hitter Jeremy Reed hit a two-out RBI single, but pinch hitter Alex Cora grounded out to end the inning.

New York stranded two runners in five of the final six innings.

The loss was the first for the Mets' bullpen after the front office invested heavily in upgrades during the offseason. Parnell and Sean Green each gave up one run.

Mets starter John Maine allowed homers to two of the first five batters he faced, and those were the only hits he gave up before leaving for a pinch hitter after five innings.

Florida starter Anibal Sanchez threw 93 pitches in five scoreless innings, and five relievers followed. Sanchez allowed four hits and three walks but worked out of two jams, helping Marlins starters lower their ERA to 2.38.

Ramirez homered with two out in the first, and Uggla homered leading off the second. The Marlins scored their other run in the sixth when Bonifacio singled, advanced on a balk, took third on an infield hit by Ramirez and came home on Cantu's single.

The Mets managed only one hit -- a leadoff single -- in the seventh but still rallied from a 3-1 deficit to tie the game. The inning included two walks, a hit batsman, an RBI groundout by Beltran and a sacrifice fly by pinch hitter Fernando Tatis.

Beltran also hit a solo homer.

Notes

  • Cantu was back in the lineup after being hit on the left hand by a pitch Wednesday. "A bone had to be sticking out of his hand for him not to be in the lineup," Gonzalez said.
  • Marlins RF Cody Ross went 0-for-3 and is batting .067 (1-for-15).
  • Of the 499 homers hit by Mets OF Gary Sheffield, more have come at Dolphin Stadium (68) than at any other ballpark.
  • The last time Sanchez faced the Mets was May 2, 2007, his final start before undergoing shoulder surgery.
  • RHP Livan Hernandez, who will start Saturday for New York, is 19-19 with a 3.86 ERA in 51 games in Miami.
 
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Emilio Bonifacio jumps for joy after he races home following Jorge Cantu's single in the ninth.  (AP)
Emilio Bonifacio jumps for joy after he races home following Jorge Cantu's single in the ninth. (AP)

Players of the Game
Florida

H. Ramirez
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
New York

C. Beltran
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS3000202 .250
Daniel Murphy, LF5130002 .368
David Wright, 3B4110123 .357
Carlos Delgado, 1B3000113 .333
Carlos Beltran, CF5232010 .438
Ryan Church, RF4030102 .533
Brian Schneider, C2000003 .200
   a- Fernando Tatis, PH0001000 .000
    Ramon Castro, C1000002 .000
Luis Castillo, 2B4000016 .100
   b- Jeremy Reed, PH1011000 .500
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
    Darren O'Day, P0000000 .000
John Maine, P2000010 .000
   c- Gary Sheffield, PH0000100 .000
    Sean Green, P0000000 .000
    Bobby Parnell, P0000000 .000
   d- Marlon Anderson, PH1000000 .000
    J.J. Putz, P0000000 .000
   e- Alex Cora, PH-2B1000002 .000
Totals36411466  
a-hit a sacrifice fly for Schneider in the 7th
b-singled for Castillo in the 9th
c-was walked intentionally for Maine in the 6th
d-flied out for Parnell in the 8th
e-grounded out for Putz in the 9th
Batting
2B - Daniel Murphy (1, Nunez)
HR - Carlos Beltran (1, Meyer)
SF - Fernando Tatis (1)
SH - Brian Schneider (1)
RBI - Carlos Beltran 2 (5), Fernando Tatis (1), Jeremy Reed (1)
2-OUT RBI - Jeremy Reed (1)
Team LOB - 14
New York Mets
John Maine 5222152 3.60
Sean Green 1311130 3.38
Bobby Parnell 1311000 3.86
J.J. Putz 1100000 3.00
Pedro Feliciano (L,0-1) 0.2111010 13.50
Darren O'Day0100100 0.00
WP - John Maine (1)
Pitches-Strikes - John Maine 83-54, Sean Green 30-19, Bobby Parnell 20-12, J.J. Putz 11-9, Pedro Feliciano 9-8, Darren O'Day 7-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Maine 4-6, J.J. Putz 2-1
Batters Faced - John Maine 18, Sean Green 7, Bobby Parnell 6, J.J. Putz 4, Pedro Feliciano 3, Darren O'Day 2
Florida Marlins
Emilio Bonifacio, 3B5330010 .579
John Baker, C4010132 .364
Hanley Ramirez, SS4132111 .500
Jorge Cantu, 1B5022002 .429
Dan Uggla, 2B4111012 .214
Jeremy Hermida, LF3010100 .231
Cody Ross, RF3000013 .067
    Leo Nunez, P0000000 .000
   a- Ross Gload, PH1000001 .167
    Matt Lindstrom, P0000000 .000
Cameron Maybin, CF4000021 .154
Anibal Sanchez, P2000000 .000
    Dan Meyer, P0000000 .000
    Kiko Calero, P0000000 .000
    Renyel Pinto, P0000000 .000
    Brett Carroll, RF2000000 .167
Totals37511539  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Nunez in the 8th
Batting
HR - Hanley Ramirez (2, Maine), Dan Uggla (2, Maine)
RBI - Hanley Ramirez 2 (8), Jorge Cantu 2 (7), Dan Uggla (6)
2-OUT RBI - Hanley Ramirez 2 (2), Jorge Cantu (3)
Team LOB - 9
Florida Marlins
Anibal Sanchez 5400350 0.00
Dan Meyer (H,1) 1322101 9.00
Kiko Calero (H,2) 0.1011100 3.00
Renyel Pinto0000100 9.00
Leo Nunez (BS,1) 1.2100010 6.00
Matt Lindstrom (BS,1; W,1-0) 1311000 4.50
IBB - Sheffield by Dan Meyer
HBP - Delgado (by Kiko Calero)
Pitches-Strikes - Anibal Sanchez 93-59, Dan Meyer 24-13, Kiko Calero 9-3, Renyel Pinto 5-1, Leo Nunez 24-15, Matt Lindstrom 24-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Anibal Sanchez 4-6, Dan Meyer 1-2, Kiko Calero 1-0, Leo Nunez 2-2, Matt Lindstrom 2-1
Batters Faced - Anibal Sanchez 22, Dan Meyer 7, Kiko Calero 3, Renyel Pinto 1, Leo Nunez 6, Matt Lindstrom 6
Game Information
Attendance - 24070
Game Time - 3:32
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Mark Carlson, First Base - Tim Tschida, Second Base - Bob Davidson, Third Base - Jeff Nelson