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Marlins 2, Mets 1

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MIAMI -- Jeff Francoeur emerged in the New York Mets locker room with a thick wad of bandage wrapped around his left hand, an aching thumb underneath ready to be iced. And he was one of the few New York starters healthy enough to play.

Sean West pitched six impressive innings Tuesday night, lifting the Florida Marlins to a 2-1 victory over an injury-battered Mets team shaken by the loss of ace Johan Santana for the season.

"At this point, you might as well get all the injuries out of the way this season and have everybody have their surgery this offseason and next year we go through the season with nobody hurt and just roll and go to the playoffs," Francoeur said.

West (5-5) gave up six hits and three walks to outpitch Santana's replacement Nelson Figueroa (1-3) for the Marlins, who began Tuesday 5½ games behind Colorado for the NL wild card after a 2-4 road trip.

 Mets: Santana done for season | Putz, too | Miller | Wagner dealt to BoSox

Even the Marlins offered a little sympathy to the Mets.

"I'll take my problems," Florida manager Fredi Gonzalez said when asked to compare his team's injuries to the Mets.

Ross Gload hit an RBI single in the fifth, and Leo Nunez recorded his 13th save in 17 chances for Florida.

The only bright spot on a day of bad news for the Mets was Francoeur, who had two doubles after tearing a ligament in his left thumb over the weekend.

Santana will undergo season-ending surgery for bone chips in his left elbow, and reliever J.J. Putz was also shut down for the season with a slight tear in his right forearm.

Santana, a two-time Cy Young winner, is only the latest blow to a Mets team that's been shattered by injuries. New York has 12 players on the disabled list in a season that now seems lost.

If that wasn't enough, the announcements came on the same day New York traded reliever Billy Wagner to Boston for two players to be named.

For Figueroa, he only hopes the injuries will at least give him and others a chance to shine the rest of the season.

"I don't know who's left," Figueroa said. "I'm just going to take every opportunity I get. It's unfortunate the way it's come to me. You never want to see somebody go down. I keep saying that, the last two years, it's been a countless number of guys go down."

The Mets tried to salvage the day with a win, but the game only brought a reminder of how little pop they have left.

Francoeur lined a double to right field in the fourth that Jeremy Hermida misjudged. Hermida started running in and then quickly backpedaled, failing to even get a glove on a ball that should have been caught.

Fernando Tatis followed with a single that scored Francoeur to give New York a 1-0 lead. But the Mets gave the run back with mistakes of their own.

After Hanley Ramirez was hit by a pitch in the bottom of the inning, a fielding error by first baseman Daniel Murphy allowed John Baker to reach safely and Ramirez went to third on Murphy's throwing error. Ramirez would score on a fielder's choice by Dan Uggla to tie the game.

Before the Marlins took the lead with Gload's RBI single, the Mets loaded the bases in the fifth but couldn't capitalize. West got Francoeur to pop out on a nifty grab in the stands by first baseman Gload and struck out Tatis.

"I just went to a-whole-nother dimension after Gload made that play," West said. "I knew as soon as he made that play I was going to get out of the inning."

Notes

Marlins 1B Nick Johnson (right hamstring) was placed on the 15-day DL after the game, retroactive to Aug. 16. The team will make a roster move to replace him before Wednesday's game. Johnson, acquired from Washington in a trade-deadline deal, had his jogging session cut short earlier Tuesday because of pain in his leg. ... Mets LF Gary Sheffield left the game in the seventh with a left lower back spasm, he said. Sheffield walked and called time out while at first base between pitches before he was replaced. He said he should be fine and could play Wednesday. ... Baker, the Marlins' C, was replaced in the sixth with a stiff back, the team said. He is day to day.

 
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Players of the Game
Florida

S. West
IP 6.0
H 6
ER 1
BB 3
K 2
New York

J. Francoeur
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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New York Mets
Angel Pagan, CF5010001 .290
Luis Castillo, 2B2000200 .316
Gary Sheffield, LF2000201 .280
    Jeremy Reed, PR-LF0000000 .250
Jeff Francoeur, RF4120004 .270
Fernando Tatis, 3B-1B4011035 .245
Daniel Murphy, 1B4000001 .258
    Francisco Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
Omir Santos, C4010000 .264
Anderson Hernandez, SS4010002 .244
Nelson Figueroa, P2010000 .333
   a- Nick Evans, PH1000001 .244
    Sean Green, P0000000 .000
    Wilson Valdez, 3B0000000 .212
   b- Cory Sullivan, PH1000010 .274
Totals3317144  
a-flied out for Figueroa in the 6th
b-struck out for Valdez in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jeff Francoeur 2 (22, West, West)
RBI - Fernando Tatis (33)
SB - Angel Pagan (11, 2nd base off West/Baker)
CS - Angel Pagan (6, 2nd base by Sanches/Paulino)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
E - Daniel Murphy 2 (11, Throwing(Baker reached on misplayed grounder, Ramirez to third on wild throw))
New York Mets
Nelson Figueroa (L,1-3) 5421020 5.40
Sean Green 2300210 5.11
Francisco Rodriguez 1000120 3.10
IBB - Cantu by Sean Green
HBP - H. Ramirez (by Nelson Figueroa)
Pitches-Strikes - Nelson Figueroa 78-50, Sean Green 50-30, Francisco Rodriguez 17-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nelson Figueroa 8-6, Sean Green 4-1
Batters Faced - Nelson Figueroa 21, Sean Green 11, Francisco Rodriguez 3
Florida Marlins
Chris Coghlan, LF4010001 .289
Ross Gload, 1B4021001 .260
    Matt Lindstrom, P0000000 .000
    Leo Nunez, P0000000 .000
Hanley Ramirez, SS3110001 .361
Jorge Cantu, 3B-1B3010102 .279
John Baker, C2000100 .268
    Brian Sanches, P0000000 .000
   a- Wes Helms, PH-3B1000002 .276
Dan Uggla, 2B3001102 .238
Cody Ross, CF4010022 .271
Jeremy Hermida, RF4110024 .264
Sean West, P1000010 .048
   b- Ronny Paulino, PH-C1000003 .268
Totals3027235  
a-popped out for Sanches in the 7th
b-grounded out for West in the 6th
Batting
2B - Chris Coghlan (17, Figueroa)
SH - Sean West (3)
RBI - Ross Gload (25), Dan Uggla (66)
2-OUT RBI - Ross Gload (5)
CS - Dan Uggla (1, 2nd base by Rodriguez/Santos)
Team LOB - 9
Florida Marlins
Sean West (W,5-5) 6611320 4.44
Brian Sanches (H,5) 1100100 0.88
Matt Lindstrom (H,4) 1000010 5.59
Leo Nunez (S,15) 1000010 3.98
WP - Brian Sanches (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Sean West 82-53, Brian Sanches 26-14, Matt Lindstrom 14-7, Leo Nunez 10-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Sean West 6-10, Brian Sanches 1-1, Leo Nunez 1-1
Batters Faced - Sean West 27, Brian Sanches 4, Matt Lindstrom 3, Leo Nunez 3
Game Information
Attendance - 14278
Game Time - 2:40
Temperature - 85
Umpires - Home - Lance Barksdale, First Base - Mike Reilly, Second Base - Marvin Hudson, Third Base - Angel Hernandez