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Hermida's bat, Johnson's arm carry Marlins past Mets

CBSSports.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- Marlins ace Josh Johnson might well make Mets manager Jerry Manuel sick every time he takes the mound -- and it would have nothing to do with the stomach bug that seemed to be going around Citi Field on Saturday.

Johnson scattered five hits over seven innings to remain unbeaten in eight career starts against New York, and Jeremy Hermida homered and drove in four runs to lead Florida to a 7-3 victory.

The Marlins' big right-hander was among several players who felt ill during the game. Teammate Wes Helms was making regular trips to the clubhouse with similar symptoms, and Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran was pulled late in the game with a stomach virus.

  Mets' Schneider activated

"I just go out there and battle, take it one pitch at a time," said Johnson, who is 6-0 against the Mets, including the five-hitter he tossed in a 2-1 victory over Johan Santana on April 12. "The first inning was a little rough, but after that I settled down."

Johnson (4-1) also had been having trouble with a callus on the middle finger of his right hand, which had caused him to be erratic during his last three starts.

He only walked two in this one against a makeshift Mets lineup that was missing David Wright, Gary Sheffield and Luis Castillo. All three were given the day off, even with Jose Reyes, Carlos Delgado and Ryan Church still out with injuries.

"I thought with the way their guy was pitching," Manuel said, trailing off without finishing his thought. "When you're in the situation we're in, you need to match their pitching. That's true in any game, but especially when you have guys sidelined like we do."

Jorge Cantu drove in two runs for the Marlins, who battered starter Tim Redding in building a 7-1 lead by the fifth inning. The top of the Florida order did most of the damage, with leadoff hitter Chris Coghlan walking three times and the first five spots combining for nine hits.

"They did a nice job of getting on base," Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "We were able to add some runs late in the game and J.J. was again terrific."

Leo Nunez struck out Fernando Martinez with two runners on for his first major league save.

About the only bright spots for New York were the return of catcher Brian Schneider from a back injury and the play of Martinez, the jewel of the Mets' minor league system.

Martinez made a couple of nice plays in right field, got his first big league hit in the third inning and drove in his first run with a double in the fifth.

Redding (0-2) never got in a groove, walking Coghlan to start the game and giving up a double to Emilio Bonifacio. An error on Fernando Tatis, starting at third in place of Wright, helped allow the first run to score. Hermida made it 2-0 moments later with a single up the middle.

The Marlins added two more runs in the third on Cantu's single and Dan Uggla's sacrifice fly, then put the game away in the fifth.

Hanley Ramirez, back in the lineup after missing two starts with a groin injury, singled leading off and Cantu doubled off the left-field wall. Hermida stepped to the plate and drove a 2-1 pitch off the Pepsi Porch that overhangs right field, making it 7-1 and bringing Manuel out of the dugout.

He was greeted by derisive cheers from the crowd of 40,727, which turned to boos the moment Redding began his long walk to the clubhouse.

His ERA ballooned to 10.23 in three starts this season, and Manuel said he might re-evaluate Redding's place in the rotation.

"Even as professionals, there are days when you go out there and you are a little intimidated, because you know you don't have your quality stuff," Redding said. "You're pitching scared in a way, just trying to do the best you can."

Notes

  • Ramirez finished 2-for-5 and did not have any trouble running the bases. "I don't feel 100 percent," he said, "but you got to put it out of your mind."
  • RHP Lance Broadway, acquired by the Mets on Friday night in a trade with the White Sox, will report to Triple-A Buffalo on Sunday.
  • Schneider went 1-for-3 and scored a run.
  • Marlins starters have not allowed more than three earned runs in their last seven games.
 
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Jeremy Hermida strokes a three-run homer and ends the afternoon with four RBI.  (AP)
Jeremy Hermida strokes a three-run homer and ends the afternoon with four RBI. (AP)

Players of the Game
Florida

J. Hermida
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 4
New York

A. Pagan
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Florida Marlins
Chris Coghlan, LF2100301 .210
    Dan Meyer, P0000000 .000
    Matt Lindstrom, P0000000 .000
    Leo Nunez, P0000000 .000
Emilio Bonifacio, 3B5220023 .249
Hanley Ramirez, SS5120004 .320
Jorge Cantu, 1B5222012 .272
Jeremy Hermida, RF-LF5134001 .270
Dan Uggla, 2B3001002 .207
Cody Ross, CF4000013 .259
Ronny Paulino, C4010010 .242
Josh Johnson, P3000021 .080
   a- Brett Carroll, PH-RF1010000 .182
Totals37711737  
a-doubled for Johnson in the 8th
Batting
2B - Emilio Bonifacio 2 (5, Redding, Redding), Jorge Cantu (10, Redding), Jeremy Hermida (6, Redding), Ronny Paulino (3, Green), Brett Carroll (1, Takahashi)
HR - Jeremy Hermida (5, Redding)
SF - Dan Uggla (3)
RBI - Jorge Cantu 2 (37), Jeremy Hermida 4 (22), Dan Uggla (34)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Dan Meyer 2 (2, Throwing)
Florida Marlins
Josh Johnson (W,4-1) 7522250 2.66
Dan Meyer 1000000 2.35
Matt Lindstrom 0.2211110 6.10
Leo Nunez (S,1) 0.1000010 3.51
WP - Josh Johnson (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Johnson 111-71, Dan Meyer 14-10, Matt Lindstrom 26-17, Leo Nunez 3-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Johnson 12-4, Dan Meyer 2-2, Matt Lindstrom 1-0
Batters Faced - Josh Johnson 28, Dan Meyer 4, Matt Lindstrom 5, Leo Nunez 1
New York Mets
Angel Pagan, LF-CF4121100 .325
Fernando Martinez, RF5021012 .154
Carlos Beltran, CF3000014 .352
    Ken Takahashi, P0000000 .000
   a- Omir Santos, PH1000000 .273
    Brian Stokes, P0000000 .000
Fernando Tatis, 3B4011001 .261
Daniel Murphy, 1B3000102 .254
Ramon Martinez, 2B4000021 .150
Brian Schneider, C3110101 .167
Wilson Valdez, SS4010001 .200
Tim Redding, P1000010 .333
    Sean Green, P0000000 .000
   b- Luis Castillo, PH1100001 .293
    Jeremy Reed, LF2000022 .286
Totals3537337  
a-grounded out for Takahashi in the 8th
b-hit into fielder's choice for Green in the 5th
Batting
2B - Angel Pagan (2, Lindstrom), Fernando Martinez (1, Johnson)
RBI - Angel Pagan (2), Fernando Martinez (2), Fernando Tatis (11)
2-OUT RBI - Angel Pagan (1), Fernando Martinez (1), Fernando Tatis (1)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Martinez-Valdez-Murphy
E - Fernando Tatis (1, Misplayed grounder)
New York Mets
Tim Redding (L,0-2) 4877221 9.20
Sean Green 1100020 6.98
Ken Takahashi 3100120 2.92
Brian Stokes 1100010 2.75
WP - Ken Takahashi (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Redding 80-47, Sean Green 18-12, Ken Takahashi 50-31, Brian Stokes 9-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Redding 5-6, Sean Green 1-0, Ken Takahashi 3-4, Brian Stokes 1-0
Batters Faced - Tim Redding 23, Sean Green 4, Ken Takahashi 11, Brian Stokes 3
Game Information
Attendance - 40727
Game Time - 3:01
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Bill Welke, First Base - Tim Welke, Second Base - Jim Reynolds, Third Base - Angel Hernandez