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New York at Florida

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N.Y. Mets (67-89) «012010000470
Florida (83-73)000000000080

Mets 4, Marlins 0

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MIAMI -- The scheduled matchup of Pat Misch against Josh Johnson looked ominous for the New York Mets.

Then Johnson got sick. By the end of the afternoon, the Florida Marlins' bats were ailing, too.

Misch pitched an eight-hitter for the first complete game of his career Sunday, and the Mets spoiled the Marlins' home finale by winning 4-0.

"Things are so strange this year," said Mets manager Jerry Manuel, whose team is staggering to the end of an injury-plagued season.

Misch (2-4) won for only the second time in 13 career decisions. Jeff Francoeur hit his 14th home run and preserved Misch's shutout in the seventh by robbing Chris Coghlan of a homer in right field.

"He's going to buy me dinner and beers," Francoeur said.

 Playoff Race

Chris Volstad (9-13) gave up three runs in four innings as a late replacement for Marlins ace Johnson, who was sent home with the flu.

Misch was on the verge of being dropped from the rotation after his last outing, when he allowed eight runs in 1 1/3 innings against Atlanta. The left-hander had never gone more than seven innings, but he retired the final 13 Marlins, throwing 110 pitches on an 87-degree afternoon.

"This was obviously rewarding," he said. "I'm a little tired. The heat drains you out there -- I'm glad I didn't get any base hits. You just have to conserve your energy somehow."

Misch walked three and struck out two. The complete game was only the second this year for the Mets, who took two of three in the series to damage the Marlins' dwindling playoff chances.

New York was eliminated from playoff contention by Florida on the final day of the regular season the past two years.

"It was great to get a win," Misch said. "These guys have been beating us the last few years and knocking us out."

The Marlins were eliminated from the NL East race Sunday when division leader Philadelphia beat Milwaukee 6-5. Florida fell five games behind wild-card leader Colorado with six to play.

Misch took the mound with a career ERA of 10.13 in three games against the Marlins. They had 11 baserunners in the first five innings but went 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position and hit into three double plays.

"Misch made some good pitches when he needed to, and got out of some jams," said Dan Uggla, who stranded six runners. "Hats off to him."

The Marlins' best threat came in the first, when they had runners at second and third with none out before Misch retired Hanley Ramirez, Jorge Cantu and Uggla.

In the seventh, Francoeur retreated to the 385-foot sign and leaped to catch Coghlan's fly as it was about to clear the wall.

"That sums up the day," Coghlan said.

"I had a bead on it," Francoeur said. "You just jump and hope you timed it right, and I did."

Francoeur's homer in the third inning was the 29th this year off Volstad, third-most in the NL. Volstad learned he was starting less than 2½ hours before the game.

"I had time to prepare," Volstad said. "It's like being in the bullpen and getting called on."

Anderson Hernandez hit his third homer off Cristhian Martinez.

The crowd of 31,167 was the Marlins' fourth in a row over 30,000. That increased their average to 18,771, but they'll finish last in the NL in attendance for the fifth year in a row.

Notes

Slumping Mets 3B David Wright did not play one day after he loafed on the bases, perhaps costing the team a run. He apologized to teammates Saturday. ... Marlins OF Cody Ross sat out and might miss the rest of the season with a sore left wrist. X-rays were negative, but Ross said there was a lot of swelling the day after he was hit by a pitch. ... The Marlins won the season series 11-7 and finished 43-38 at home.

 
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The Mets' Pat Misch goes the distance for his second win and retires the last 13 batters.  (AP)
The Mets' Pat Misch goes the distance for his second win and retires the last 13 batters. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

P. Misch
IP 9.0
H 8
ER 0
BB 3
K 2
New York

J. Francoeur
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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New York Mets
Angel Pagan, CF4000102 .300
Anderson Hernandez, 2B4211102 .254
Daniel Murphy, 1B3000211 .264
Jeff Francoeur, RF5222014 .279
Cory Sullivan, LF4000022 .252
Fernando Tatis, 3B3010100 .271
Josh Thole, C3001002 .261
Wilson Valdez, SS4030000 .266
Patrick Misch, P2000102 .000
Totals3247464  
Batting
HR - Anderson Hernandez (3, Cr. Martinez), Jeff Francoeur (14, Volstad)
SF - Josh Thole (2)
SH - Patrick Misch (2)
RBI - Anderson Hernandez (35), Jeff Francoeur 2 (74), Josh Thole (7)
2-OUT RBI - Jeff Francoeur 2 (33)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Valdez-Murphy, Tatis-A. Hernandez-Murphy, Misch-Valdez-Murphy
New York Mets
Patrick Misch (W,2-4) 9800320 4.71
Pitches-Strikes - Patrick Misch 110-67
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Patrick Misch 12-10
Batters Faced - Patrick Misch 35
Florida Marlins
Chris Coghlan, LF4020000 .314
Cameron Maybin, CF4020001 .232
Hanley Ramirez, SS4010003 .348
Jorge Cantu, 1B3010102 .288
Dan Uggla, 2B4000006 .238
Wes Helms, 3B3010110 .266
Ronny Paulino, C3000101 .273
Brett Carroll, RF4010002 .271
Chris Volstad, P1000001 .128
   a- Brett Hayes, PH1000001 .300
    Cristhian Martinez, P0000000 .000
   b- Andy Gonzalez, PH1000010 .083
    Dan Meyer, P0000000 .000
    Tim Wood, P0000000 .500
Totals3208032  
a-grounded into a double play for Volstad in the 4th
b-struck out for Cr. Martinez in the 7th
Batting
2B - Cameron Maybin (9, Misch)
Team LOB - 8
Florida Marlins
Chris Volstad (L,9-13) 4533221 5.21
Cristhian Martinez 3111001 5.13
Dan Meyer 1000220 2.91
Tim Wood 1100200 2.86
IBB - Murphy by Tim Wood
WP - Tim Wood (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Volstad 66-41, Cristhian Martinez 29-20, Dan Meyer 21-9, Tim Wood 20-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Volstad 4-6, Cristhian Martinez 6-3, Dan Meyer 1-0, Tim Wood 2-1
Batters Faced - Chris Volstad 19, Cristhian Martinez 10, Dan Meyer 5, Tim Wood 6
Game Information
Attendance - 31167
Game Time - 2:25
Temperature - 87
Umpires - Home - Mike Estabrook, First Base - Jerry Crawford, Second Base - Bill Hohn, Third Base - Phil Cuzzi