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Coghlan's blast fuels Marlins to four-game sweep of Mets

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MIAMI -- Bunts befuddled the New York Mets. They hit line drives that became double plays. And despite repeated tries, they couldn't get a third strike past Chris Coghlan.

So went the finale of the Mets' miserable trip to Miami. They lost 10-8 to the Florida Marlins, who completed their first four-game sweep since August 2006.

Coghlan culminated a 12-pitch at-bat with a three-run, pinch-hit homer in the seventh inning Sunday to stymie a Mets comeback bid.

"What an at-bat," Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "That's got to be one of the better at-bats I've seen anybody have. If that doesn't happen, we may still be out there playing."

Two Mets errors helped the Marlins score four unearned runs en route to a 7-0 lead. New York cut the margin to 7-6 before Coghlan stepped to the plate.

He fouled off six two-strike pitches, then hit a 3-2 fastball over the center-field wall off Fernando Nieve.

"I couldn't draw it up any better than that," said Coghlan, last year's NL rookie of the year, whose average has climbed from .123 on April 24 to .214. "It was a big at-bat for our team. To basically put the game out of reach, that's what you want to do coming off the bench."

Mets left-hander Jonathon Niese (1-2) departed after re-injuring his right hamstring, which required season-ending surgery last Aug. 6. He'll return to New York for further evaluation.

"It was more a scare than anything," Niese said. "I'm feeling a little sore now, nothing major. I don't want to miss a start. I'll do whatever I can, but that being said, I have to listen to the doctors."

Niese left during a disastrous third inning for the Mets. They made errors on two bunts and the Marlins scored six runs.

New York also had two runners doubled off first in the early innings.

"We just didn't play well," manager Jerry Manuel said. "We didn't play good baseball, and when you are facing a team on a good roll, you can't afford to do that."

Ricky Nolasco (4-2) allowed two earned runs in six innings. Marlins starters have given up more than three runs just once this month while going 9-3 with an ERA of 2.97.

Leo Nunez allowed a run in the ninth but earned his ninth save in 11 chances.

Cody Ross had two hits in the third inning for Florida and finished 4 for 4. He also made a diving catch in left field and had an assist for the second game in a row.

Dan Uggla hit his ninth home run.

"This game is so funny," Uggla said. "Up until three days ago, our bats had been really cold and it had been really tough to score runs. It's nice they finally came alive. You just want to build on that. The confidence and the swagger right now -- we need to keep that rolling."

It helps that Coghlan has started to hit. The homer was only his third extra-base hit this season, hiking his slugging percentage to .270.

David Wright and Alex Cora had two-run doubles for the Mets.

The Marlins' only other four-game sweep of the Mets was at Shea Stadium in 2004. Florida's last four-game sweep was Aug. 25-28, 2006, against Milwaukee.

"When you can sweep and win four in a row, that's huge," Coghlan said. "You make up a lot of ground. When you play in the division and can take four, that's a big turning point."

The last time the Mets were swept in a four-game series was June 5-8, 2008 at San Diego. They have the fewest road wins in the majors and head to Atlanta with a 4-12 record in away games.

"We've got to get some things straightened out," Manuel said. "We have to make decisions and find the pieces that can get it done."

Niese allowed five runs, two earned, in two-plus innings. He hurt himself when he fielded a bunt barehanded and planted awkwardly, and he threw only one more pitch before limping to the dugout.

The Mets already had a vacancy in their rotation with the demotion Saturday of left-hander Oliver Perez to the bullpen.

A sputtering lineup has been another issue, and Manuel continued to experiment with the order, batting Jason Bay third for the first time this season. Chris Carter made his third career start and batted cleanup.

Notes

  • Mets RF Jeff Francoeur, batting .126 since April 16, was held out of the starting lineup.
  • Niese remained 0-0 in five career starts in May with an ERA of 7.43.
  • Ramirez went hitless and is batting .196 (9 for 46) against left-handers.
  • Mets RHP Mike Pelfrey, scheduled to start Monday at Atlanta, is 1-2 with an 8.41 ERA in four games at Turner Field. His lone win there was in 2007.
 
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Chris Coghlan (left) receives a hero's welcome after his three-run shot seals the win.  (AP)
Chris Coghlan (left) receives a hero's welcome after his three-run shot seals the win. (AP)

Players of the Game
Florida

C. Ross
AB 4
R 2
H 4
HR 0
RBI 1
New York

A. Cora
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS5011004 .221
Alex Cora, 2B5122010 .232
Jason Bay, LF5220011 .277
Chris Carter, RF3111000 .375
   a- Jeff Francoeur, PH1000001 .214
    Fernando Nieve, P0000000 .000
    Francisco Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
   b- Luis Castillo, PH1001000 .264
David Wright, 3B5012020 .278
Ike Davis, 1B3000111 .277
Angel Pagan, CF2210201 .275
Henry Blanco, C3110112 .303
Jonathon Niese, P1010000 .214
    Hisanori Takahashi, P0000000 .333
   c- Fernando Tatis, PH1000000 .216
    Manny Acosta, P0000000 .000
   d- Gary Matthews Jr., PH-RF2121000 .184
Totals37812846  
a-fouled out for Carter in the 7th
b-grounded out for Rodriguez in the 9th
c-grounded out for Takahashi in the 6th
d-singled for Acosta in the 7th
Batting
2B - Alex Cora (3, Leroux), David Wright (8, Nolasco)
3B - Jason Bay (4, Nunez)
RBI - Jose Reyes (11), Alex Cora 2 (7), Chris Carter (2), Luis Castillo (11), David Wright 2 (26), Gary Matthews Jr. (1)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Carter (1), David Wright 2 (11), Gary Matthews Jr. (1)
SB - Angel Pagan (5, 2nd base off Badenhop/Paulino)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Reyes-Cora-Davis, Wright-Cora-Davis
E - Jonathon Niese (1, Throwing), David Wright (5, Missed catch of throw)
New York Mets
Jonathon Niese (L,1-2) 2452110 4.79
Hisanori Takahashi 3422441 3.12
Manny Acosta 1000120 4.00
Fernando Nieve 1233111 4.64
Francisco Rodriguez 1000010 1.93
IBB - Carroll by Hisanori Takahashi, by Carroll
Pitches-Strikes - Jonathon Niese 46-25, Hisanori Takahashi 60-32, Manny Acosta 23-13, Fernando Nieve 32-20, Francisco Rodriguez 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jonathon Niese 5-0, Hisanori Takahashi 2-2
Batters Faced - Jonathon Niese 11, Hisanori Takahashi 16, Manny Acosta 4, Fernando Nieve 6, Francisco Rodriguez 3
Florida Marlins
Cameron Maybin, CF5112020 .248
Gaby Sanchez, 1B5120020 .295
    Leo Nunez, P0000000 .000
Hanley Ramirez, SS4000113 .295
Jorge Cantu, 3B-1B4001021 .257
Dan Uggla, 2B3211100 .283
Ronny Paulino, C2111200 .314
Cody Ross, LF-RF4241000 .297
Brett Carroll, RF0100300 .224
   a- Chris Coghlan, PH-LF1113000 .214
Ricky Nolasco, P3100014 .063
    Chris Leroux, P0000000 .000
    Dan Meyer, P0000000 .000
   b- Bryan Petersen, PH1000010 .091
    Burke Badenhop, P0000000 .000
    Brian Barden, 3B0000000 .308
Totals321010979  
a-homered for Carroll in the 7th
b-struck out for Meyer in the 7th
Batting
2B - Cody Ross 2 (11, Takahashi, Takahashi)
HR - Dan Uggla (9, Takahashi), Chris Coghlan (2, Nieve)
SF - Jorge Cantu (5)
RBI - Cameron Maybin 2 (10), Jorge Cantu (31), Dan Uggla (25), Ronny Paulino (12), Cody Ross (18), Chris Coghlan 3 (10)
2-OUT RBI - Ronny Paulino (4), Cody Ross (10)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Cody Ross 1
DP - Ross-G. Sanchez, Uggla-G. Sanchez
E - Cody Ross (4, Throwing)
Florida Marlins
Ricky Nolasco (W,4-2) 6632230 3.59
Chris Leroux 0.2333110 6.43
Dan Meyer (H,1) 0.1000000 14.73
Burke Badenhop 1211100 5.49
Leo Nunez (S,9) 1111020 1.56
Pitches-Strikes - Ricky Nolasco 95-54, Chris Leroux 29-17, Dan Meyer 2-2, Burke Badenhop 22-12, Leo Nunez 17-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricky Nolasco 4-9, Chris Leroux 1-0, Leo Nunez 1-0
Batters Faced - Ricky Nolasco 24, Chris Leroux 6, Dan Meyer 1, Burke Badenhop 6, Leo Nunez 4
Game Information
Attendance - 17977
Game Time - 3:12
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - Larry Vanover, First Base - Angel Campos, Second Base - Jeff Nelson, Third Base - Jeff Kellogg