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Cantu provides relief with two homers, Fish snap skid

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NEW YORK -- In a season already full of huge swings for the Florida Marlins, Jorge Cantu delivered two of the biggest Tuesday night.

Cantu homered twice and drove in five runs and the Marlins ended one of the wilder rides in baseball history, beating the New York Mets 7-4 to snap a seven-game losing streak.

The Marlins' skid started immediately after they'd won seven in a row. Florida became the first NL team to win at least seven straight and also lose at least seven straight in April, the Elias Sports Bureau said.

"I thought we were not going to win again until the All-Star break," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "It felt like that."

Cantu hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning, then lined a tiebreaking, three-run drive in the seventh.

"I hope with this win we're going to start rolling again," Cantu said. "We really needed to get out of this thing."

Florida won minus All-Star shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who was hit by a pitch in the right hand the previous night. The Mets were missing first baseman Carlos Delgado and second baseman Luis Castillo, both nursing recent injuries.

Down 4-3 in the seventh, the Marlins rallied against Sean Green (0-1). Alfredo Amezaga drew a leadoff walk, Emilio Bonifacio chopped a one-out single to right and Cameron Maybin's slow groundout scored the tying run.

After a walk to John Baker, Cantu hit his fifth homer into the left-field seats. Cantu produced the seventh multihomer game of his career.

The Marlins scored only 17 runs during their skid, so Cantu's drives were welcome shots.

Mets manager Jerry Manuel, meanwhile, wondered where his team's comeback spirit had gone. Five Florida relievers combined for four shutout innings.

"Three runs shouldn't be something that's insurmountable," Manuel said. "It appears when we get in that position, it's an insurmountable lead. We have to address that."

"I think our anxiety takes over at that time and gets in the way of us performing," he said.

Burke Badenhop (1-0) pitched a scoreless sixth. Matt Lindstrom earned his fourth save in six chances -- the former Mets prospect also saved the final game last year at Shea Stadium for Florida.

Whipping winds made every popup an adventure in the late innings, and Cantu was charged with an error when he misplayed one. Dozens of hot-dog wrappers danced across the outfield as the night wore on.

The Mets held a pregame tribute to honor Gary Sheffield for hitting his 500th career home run earlier this season, and he quickly made a bid for No. 501.

With two runners on in the first, Sheffield launched a long drive to center -- off the bat, the ball looked as if it had a chance to leave the park. Instead, it wound up short-hopping the wall beyond Maybin's reach near the 408-foot mark for a triple.

Sheffield slid in safely and then shot a glance at the wall, as if to wonder how the ball fell short. Through 11 games at Citi Field, the Mets have not hit a single home run between the power alleys. Overall, they've hit eight triples and only six homers at their new park.

"It's definitely a huge park," Cantu said.

Cantu's homer in the fourth off Livan Hernandez pulled Florida to 3-2. David Wright, booed after striking out his first two times up, delivered an RBI single in the Mets fifth off Ricky Nolasco.

Hernandez left in the sixth with one on, one out and Cantu coming up. Bobby Parnell relieved and after Cantu singled, the Marlins scored when Baker hustled home from second as Jeremy Hermida's hard grounder to third bounced off Wright for an error.

Notes

  • Sheffield's two RBI gave him 1,637, moving him past Ernie Banks into 26th place on the career list.
  • Carlos Beltran extended his hitting streak to 11 games.
 
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His helmet is low, but Jorge Cantu sees enough for his seventh multihomer game of his career. (AP)
His helmet is low, but Jorge Cantu sees enough for his seventh multihomer game of his career. (AP)

Players of the Game
Florida

J. Cantu
AB 3
R 2
H 3
HR 2
RBI 5
New York

A. Cora
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Florida Marlins
Emilio Bonifacio, 3B5120021 .274
Cameron Maybin, CF5011012 .190
John Baker, C3300202 .278
Jorge Cantu, 1B3235100 .357
Jeremy Hermida, LF4000001 .242
    Matt Lindstrom, P0000000 .000
Dan Uggla, 2B4000003 .205
Cody Ross, RF4000023 .230
Alfredo Amezaga, SS3110100 .241
Ricky Nolasco, P1000010 .143
    Burke Badenhop, P0000000 .000
   a- Ross Gload, PH1000001 .222
    Dan Meyer, P0000000 .000
    Kiko Calero, P0000000 .000
    Leo Nunez, P0000000 .000
   b- Brett Carroll, PH-LF1000000 .083
Totals3477646  
a-flied out for Badenhop in the 7th
b-grounded out for Nunez in the 9th
Batting
HR - Jorge Cantu 2 (5, Hernandez, Green)
SH - Ricky Nolasco (2)
RBI - Cameron Maybin (2), Jorge Cantu 5 (17)
2-OUT RBI - Jorge Cantu 3 (6)
SB - Emilio Bonifacio (6, 3rd base off Green/Santos)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
PB - John Baker (2)
E - Jorge Cantu (2, Dropped fly)
Florida Marlins
Ricky Nolasco 5644350 6.92
Burke Badenhop (W,1-0) 1100020 0.00
Dan Meyer (H,5) 0.2000020 2.89
Kiko Calero (H,5) 0.1000000 2.89
Leo Nunez (H,4) 1100000 3.86
Matt Lindstrom (S,4) 1000010 9.39
IBB - Beltran by Ricky Nolasco
Pitches-Strikes - Ricky Nolasco 97-64, Burke Badenhop 17-12, Dan Meyer 10-6, Kiko Calero 5-2, Leo Nunez 14-8, Matt Lindstrom 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricky Nolasco 4-6, Burke Badenhop 1-0, Leo Nunez 1-2, Matt Lindstrom 1-1
Batters Faced - Ricky Nolasco 24, Burke Badenhop 4, Dan Meyer 2, Kiko Calero 1, Leo Nunez 4, Matt Lindstrom 3
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS5000032 .282
Alex Cora, 2B4221110 .235
Carlos Beltran, CF3110111 .395
Gary Sheffield, LF4012012 .167
David Wright, 3B4011021 .282
Ryan Church, RF3000102 .339
Fernando Tatis, 1B4010002 .263
Omir Santos, C4110021 .280
Livan Hernandez, P1000000 .000
    Bobby Parnell, P0000000 .000
   a- Daniel Murphy, PH1010000 .323
    Sean Green, P0000000 .000
    Brian Stokes, P0000000 .000
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
   b- Jeremy Reed, PH1000000 .200
Totals34484310  
a-singled for Parnell in the 6th
b-grounded out for Feliciano in the 9th
Batting
2B - Alex Cora (2, Nolasco)
3B - Gary Sheffield (1, Nolasco)
SH - Livan Hernandez (4)
RBI - Alex Cora (3), Gary Sheffield 2 (4), David Wright (8)
2-OUT RBI - Alex Cora (1), David Wright (6)
SB - Alex Cora (1, 2nd base off Nolasco/Baker)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - David Wright (3, Misplayed grounder)
New York Mets
Livan Hernandez 5.1332251 6.33
Bobby Parnell (H,4) 0.2100010 1.74
Sean Green (BS,1; L,0-1) 1244201 8.49
Brian Stokes 1.2100000 0.00
Pedro Feliciano 0.1000000 3.68
Pitches-Strikes - Livan Hernandez 91-55, Bobby Parnell 20-14, Sean Green 22-10, Brian Stokes 22-16, Pedro Feliciano 1-1
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Livan Hernandez 9-2, Bobby Parnell 1-1, Sean Green 2-1, Brian Stokes 4-1, Pedro Feliciano 1-0
Batters Faced - Livan Hernandez 21, Bobby Parnell 4, Sean Green 7, Brian Stokes 6, Pedro Feliciano 1
Game Information
Attendance - 38546
Game Time - 3:15
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Jerry Meals, First Base - Scott Barry, Second Base - Mike DiMuro, Third Base - Dale Scott