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Marlins hand Dickey first loss, rout Mets in Puerto Rico

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Cody Ross, Ricky Nolasco and the Florida Marlins gave interim manager Edwin Rodriguez a sweet homecoming.

Ross homered and had three hits, Nolasco pitched seven solid innings and Florida beat the New York Mets 10-3 Monday night at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in Puerto Rico.

"This return has been a very emotional thing for me and many of the people of Puerto Rico. So I am very proud, and proud of the players for their strong game," Rodriguez said after the opener of a three-game series in the baseball-crazy U.S. territory.

Chris Coghlan and Mike Stanton also homered for the Marlins, who handed knuckleballer R.A. Dickey his first loss in eight major league starts this season.

Back in March, Major League Baseball moved this series from Miami, where the Marlins draw sparse crowds, to Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan.

Rodriguez, who was managing Florida's top farm team a week ago, took over the big club when Fredi Gonzalez was fired Wednesday, becoming the first major league manager born in Puerto Rico. Days later, he got a chance to come home with his new squad -- and what a night it was.

Out in the parking lot, fans who didn't have tickets to the game gathered around car radios. A few showed up just to soak up the atmosphere, playing the heavy BOOM-da-BOOM-BOOM bass rhythm of the popular hybrid Latin rap music of reggaeton.

Meanwhile, in the street-level corridors of the stadium, a dozen musicians with trumpets, drums, and maracas played for fans who lined up at food stands that sold tropical fruit drinks alongside hot dogs and burgers.

There were pockets of empty seats, however, in the announced crowd of 18,073.

"There were a lot of Latins out there tonight, so that was fun. A lot of people from the Dominican, too," said Mets shortstop Jose Reyes, who is from the nearby Caribbean country of the Dominican Republic.

Rodriguez, who lives about five minutes from the ballpark, has been told he'll be with the Marlins for the entire series in San Juan -- though not necessarily as their manager.

What happens next is anyone's guess, and Rodriguez said he's not thinking too far ahead.

"I'm taking it one game at a time. My priority is winning games, and we got the 'W' tonight," Rodriguez said.

If Florida continues to play the way it did Monday night, he might be around for a while.

Hanley Ramirez, Gaby Sanchez and Ross each drove in two runs. Coghlan scored three times from the leadoff spot and Stanton, a prized prospect, hit his second major league homer -- a three-run shot off Ryota Igarashi in the eighth.

Nolasco (7-6) struck out nine and walked none, improving to 2-0 in four starts against the Mets this season. He allowed four hits, including two homers by Jason Bay.

"I just tried to throw good pitches, to throw a little bit of everything in there, and tried to pitch ahead," Nolasco said.

Florida took control with a four-run rally in the third, started by Nolasco's leadoff double.

Dickey (6-1) had won six consecutive starts before getting tagged for five runs and five hits over five innings in this one.

Notes

  • The Marlins are 2-4 under Rodriguez. They were swept last weekend at home by San Diego.
  • Mets CF Angel Pagan (right side) missed his fifth straight game.
 
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Ricky Nolasco gets back on track by holding the Mets to just four hits while tying a season high with nine K's.  (AP)
Ricky Nolasco gets back on track by holding the Mets to just four hits while tying a season high with nine K's. (AP)

Players of the Game
Florida

C. Ross
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
New York

J. Bay
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 3
 

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New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS4010021 .279
Jesus Feliciano, CF4000000 .250
David Wright, 3B4120010 .303
Ike Davis, 1B4000022 .264
Jason Bay, LF4223021 .278
Jeff Francoeur, RF3000020 .267
Henry Blanco, C2000000 .268
   a- Josh Thole, PH-C1010000 .250
Ruben Tejada, 2B3000021 .250
R.A. Dickey, P1000000 .273
   b- Alex Cora, PH1000010 .226
    Fernando Nieve, P0000000 .000
   c- Chris Carter, PH1000001 .224
    Ryota Igarashi, P0000000 .000
Totals32363012  
a-singled for Blanco in the 8th
b-struck out for Dickey in the 6th
c-flied out for Nieve in the 8th
Batting
HR - Jason Bay 2 (6, Nolasco, Nolasco)
RBI - Jason Bay 3 (34)
2-OUT RBI - Jason Bay 2 (8)
PK - Jose Reyes (2, Nolasco)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
E - Jose Reyes (5, Misplayed grounder)
New York Mets
R.A. Dickey (L,6-1) 5555130 2.98
Fernando Nieve 2222002 5.61
Ryota Igarashi 1233121 8.64
WP - R.A. Dickey (2)
Pitches-Strikes - R.A. Dickey 78-54, Fernando Nieve 30-17, Ryota Igarashi 25-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R.A. Dickey 7-6, Fernando Nieve 1-5
Batters Faced - R.A. Dickey 22, Fernando Nieve 8, Ryota Igarashi 6
Florida Marlins
Chris Coghlan, LF3321100 .279
Gaby Sanchez, 1B3112000 .302
    Brian Sanches, P0000000 .000
    Jose Veras, P0000000 .000
Hanley Ramirez, SS4112000 .295
Jorge Cantu, 3B-1B4000021 .259
Dan Uggla, 2B4000002 .260
Cody Ross, CF4232010 .295
Ronny Paulino, C3100111 .305
Mike Stanton, RF4113000 .215
Ricky Nolasco, P2110000 .148
   a- Emilio Bonifacio, PH1000000 .231
    Wes Helms, 3B1000010 .257
Totals331091025  
a-popped out-bunting for Nolasco in the 7th
Batting
2B - Gaby Sanchez (18, Dickey), Hanley Ramirez (17, Dickey), Ricky Nolasco (1, Dickey)
HR - Chris Coghlan (5, Nieve), Cody Ross (7, Nieve), Mike Stanton (2, Igarashi)
SH - Gaby Sanchez (3)
RBI - Chris Coghlan (27), Gaby Sanchez 2 (36), Hanley Ramirez 2 (46), Cody Ross 2 (43), Mike Stanton 3 (13)
2-OUT RBI - Cody Ross (22), Mike Stanton 3 (10)
SB - Chris Coghlan (8, 2nd base off Dickey/Blanco)
Team LOB - 2
Florida Marlins
Ricky Nolasco (W,7-6) 7433092 4.84
Brian Sanches 1100020 3.42
Jose Veras 1100010 9.82
Pitches-Strikes - Ricky Nolasco 98-69, Brian Sanches 14-9, Jose Veras 21-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricky Nolasco 9-2, Jose Veras 1-1
Batters Faced - Ricky Nolasco 24, Brian Sanches 4, Jose Veras 4
Game Information
Attendance - 18073
Game Time - 2:37
Temperature - 84
Umpires - Home - Mike Everitt, First Base - Adrian Johnson, Second Base - Tim McClelland, Third Base - Andy Fletcher