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Marlins endure bullpen meltdown, edge Mets in 10th

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NEW YORK -- The Florida Marlins' first victory gave manager Fredi Gonzalez nearly a season's worth of discomfort.

Wes Helms slid home headfirst to barely beat Rod Barajas' sweeping tag, scoring on Ronny Paulino's pinch-hit single to help the Marlins beat the New York Mets 7-6 on Wednesday night after their flimsy bullpen wasted a stellar outing by Ricky Nolasco.

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"It feels like about the 140th after that one," said Gonzalez, whose team carried a 6-1 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning.

After Gonzalez emphasized throwing strikes all spring, Florida's bullpen botched its first chance of the season to hold a lead. In 2 1/3 innings, Renyel Pinto, Jose Veras and Leo Nunez (1-0) combined to issue six of Florida's nine walks, two coming with the bases loaded. Throw in a hit batter and a balk that scored the tying run and you're left with one upset manager.

"Throw strikes. That's half the battle for me -- or maybe even three-quarters of the battle is throw strikes. You can't put people on base," Gonzalez said. "But we shook hands and we go right back at it tomorrow."

Marlins newcomer Nate Robertson faces Jonathan Niese on Thursday in the finale of the opening three-game series.

Thanks to Paulino's timely hit off Hisanori Takahashi (0-1) and Helms' deft slide, the Marlins got their first victory of the season -- and Tim Wood earned his first career save.

"When I walked to the mound I just said, 'Pound the zone, pound the zone,' " Wood said.

Nolasco was cruising before he walked the first two batters of the seventh with the Marlins leading 6-1. The right-hander departed after Barajas hit a sacrifice fly for the second out of the inning, and his bullpen gave it all back.

"I think everybody in our clubhouse believes our bullpen is a lot better than that," Nolasco said, "and I don't think that's ever going to happen again."

It could've been worse but the Mets, plagued by mental gaffes last season when they went 70-92, ran out of a bases-loaded rally in the seventh. Veras' first pitch of the night deflected off catcher John Baker with David Wright at the plate, and Fernando Tatis tried to score. Baker made a nice throw to Veras, who tagged Tatis for the final out.

The Mets tied it in the eighth. Nunez, who relieved with the bases loaded, walked Tatis and balked while pitching to Alex Cora, scoring Gary Matthews Jr. to tie it at 6.

"You can look at it as a disheartening loss but I look at the tremendous fight the team put up," Mets manager Jerry Manuel said.

Hanley Ramirez, Jorge Cantu and Dan Uggla hit home runs for the Marlins, who finished with 17 hits.

Gonzalez said before the game that Nolasco was a top-tier No. 2 starter, and he lived up to his praise. Nolasco allowed only three hits, including Cora's leadoff triple in the first, and struck out five.

And the Marlins' bullpen wasted his effort.

Wright and Mike Jacobs singled leading off the eighth, and Wright scored when Jason Bay grounded into a fielder's choice and Uggla threw the relay away for the Marlins first error of the night and fourth of the series.

Notes

Mets SS Jose Reyes (thyroid) played five innings in the field in extended spring training and went 1 for 5 with a ground-rule double. ... Marlins OF Brett Carroll, on the 15-day disabled list with a strained oblique, should start a rehabilitation assignment with Class A Jupiter on Thursday or Friday. ... Mets 20-year-old rookie Jenrry Mejia gave up an RBI double to Gaby Sanchez in his first appearance. ... Mets starter John Maine gave up four runs in five innings. ... The Mets have 18 foreign-born players on their roster, most in the majors. Overall, 27.7 percent of players were born outside of the 50 United States. That is slightly down from 28 percent in '09.

 
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Wes Helms touches home plate an instant before Rod Barajas tags him in the top of the 10th.  (US Presswire)
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H. Ramirez
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Florida

D. Uggla
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Florida Marlins
Chris Coghlan, LF5011011 .222
Cameron Maybin, CF4110100 .125
    Leo Nunez, P0000000 .000
   a- Ronny Paulino, PH1011000 .200
    Tim Wood, P0000000 .000
Hanley Ramirez, SS5122103 .444
Jorge Cantu, 3B-1B6111013 .222
Dan Uggla, 2B5221112 .250
John Baker, C5031002 .600
Cody Ross, RF5140011 .444
Gaby Sanchez, 1B4010014 .375
    Brian Barden, 3B0000000 .000
    Jose Veras, P0000000 .000
    Emilio Bonifacio, CF1000002 .000
Ricky Nolasco, P2000022 .000
    Renyel Pinto, P0000000 .000
    Wes Helms, 3B2110000 .500
Totals45717737  
a-singled for Nunez in the 10th
Batting
2B - Cameron Maybin (1, Maine), Gaby Sanchez (2, Mejia)
HR - Hanley Ramirez (1, Maine), Jorge Cantu (1, Maine), Dan Uggla (1, Green)
SH - Chris Coghlan (1), Ricky Nolasco (1)
RBI - Chris Coghlan (1), Ronny Paulino (1), Hanley Ramirez 2 (2), Jorge Cantu (2), Dan Uggla (1), John Baker (1)
2-OUT RBI - Jorge Cantu (2), John Baker (1)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
E - Dan Uggla (1, Throwing)
Florida Marlins
Ricky Nolasco 6.2333350 4.05
Renyel Pinto0100100 0.00
Jose Veras (H,1) 1233200 27.00
Leo Nunez (BS,1; W,1-0) 1.1000300 0.00
Tim Wood (S,1) 1000010 4.50
IBB - Bay by Leo Nunez
HBP - Cora (by Renyel Pinto)
Pitches-Strikes - Ricky Nolasco 104-68, Renyel Pinto 16-7, Jose Veras 26-14, Leo Nunez 40-20, Tim Wood 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricky Nolasco 7-8, Jose Veras 1-1, Leo Nunez 2-2, Tim Wood 2-0
Batters Faced - Ricky Nolasco 26, Renyel Pinto 3, Jose Veras 6, Leo Nunez 7, Tim Wood 3
New York Mets
Alex Cora, SS4110002 .125
Luis Castillo, 2B2002100 .000
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
    Francisco Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
   a- Ruben Tejada, PH-2B1000000 .000
David Wright, 3B3110210 .333
Mike Jacobs, 1B5010022 .111
    Hisanori Takahashi, P0000000 .000
    Fernando Nieve, P0000000 .000
Jason Bay, LF3210200 .429
Gary Matthews Jr., CF3100213 .333
Jeff Francoeur, RF4110101 .333
Rod Barajas, C4001004 .250
John Maine, P1000010 .000
   b- Angel Pagan, PH1000000 .500
    Jenrry Mejia, P0000000 .000
    Sean Green, P0000000 .000
   c- Frank Catalanotto, PH0000000 .000
   d- Fernando Tatis, PH-2B^1B2011110 .500
Totals3366496  
a-fouled out for Rodriguez in the 9th
b-grounded out for Maine in the 5th
c-announced for Green in the 7th
d-singled for Catalanotto in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jason Bay (1, Nolasco)
3B - Alex Cora (1, Nolasco)
SF - Luis Castillo (1), Rod Barajas (1)
RBI - Luis Castillo 2 (2), Rod Barajas (2), Fernando Tatis (1)
2-OUT RBI - Luis Castillo (1), Fernando Tatis (1)
SB - David Wright (1, 2nd base off Nunez/Baker)
Team LOB - 9
New York Mets
John Maine 5844132 7.20
Jenrry Mejia 1311010 9.00
Sean Green 1211011 9.00
Pedro Feliciano 1000100 0.00
Francisco Rodriguez 1200020 0.00
Hisanori Takahashi (L,0-1) 0.1211100 27.00
Fernando Nieve 0.2000000 0.00
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WP - John Maine (1)
Pitches-Strikes - John Maine 92-53, Jenrry Mejia 13-9, Sean Green 20-14, Pedro Feliciano 17-8, Francisco Rodriguez 16-12, Hisanori Takahashi 19-10, Fernando Nieve 4-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Maine 3-9, Jenrry Mejia 2-0, Sean Green 1-1, Pedro Feliciano 1-2, Hisanori Takahashi 1-0
Batters Faced - John Maine 24, Jenrry Mejia 6, Sean Green 5, Pedro Feliciano 4, Francisco Rodriguez 5, Hisanori Takahashi 4, Fernando Nieve 2
Game Information
Attendance - 38863
Game Time - 4:12
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Laz Diaz, First Base - Jeff Nelson, Second Base - James Hoye, Third Base - Wally Bell