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N.Y. Mets (43-34)1020001026120
Florida (37-40) «0060000017130

Marlins blow lead, rally past Mets in bottom of ninth

CBSSports.com wire reports
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- A big night for Edwin Rodriguez got even better with a thrilling victory.

Hanley Ramirez hit a grand slam and Dan Uggla singled home the winning run in the ninth inning for his third RBI, giving Florida a 7-6 victory over the New York Mets on Tuesday night hours after the Marlins announced that Rodriguez will remain their manager for the rest of the season.

"I'm looking forward to sharing it with my family," Rodriguez said with a smile. "It was great to hear it, and tonight was such an exciting win."

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New York scored twice in the ninth off closer Leo Nunez (3-1), tying it at 6 on a single by pinch-hitter Josh Thole -- his second hit this season. It was Nunez's fourth blown save in 20 chances

Pedro Feliciano (2-3) retired his first two batters in the bottom of the ninth, but Jorge Cantu doubled to right-center and Uggla hit a grounder up the middle.

"I tried to go inside. The ball came back and he hit it," said Feliciano, who was pitching in his homeland. "I lost the game, but I think I made my fans happy."

Cantu slid home safely, beating a strong throw by center fielder Jesus Feliciano, and Uggla was mobbed by teammates in the infield.

"I was just looking for something good, anywhere near the plate," Uggla said. "But everybody went out there and battled."

Uggla also had a two-run homer to cap a six-run third against starter Hisanori Takahashi. Earlier in the inning, Ramirez's slam wiped out a 3-0 deficit for Florida.

"It was six pretty quick runs, especially after he seemed to dominate the first eight batters of the game," Mets manager Jerry Manuel said.

It was the eighth grand slam served up by the Mets this season, most in the majors, and it brought a roar from Marlins fans at Hiram Bithorn Stadium.

Florida has won the first two games of the three-game series in San Juan. Back in March, Major League Baseball moved this series from Miami, where the Marlins draw sparse crowds, to this U.S. Caribbean island's capital. And even though Puerto Rico is in the midst of a grinding, four-year recession, fans proved willing to open their wallets for a chance to see two major league teams.

Tuesday's typically exuberant Puerto Rican crowd included rows of island Little Leaguers and some fans who danced to merengue.

It's been a particularly exhilarating week for Rodriguez, who lives about five minutes from the cozy San Juan ballpark, which seats just more than 19,000.

Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria told the team before the game that Rodriguez will remain as manager through the rest of this season.

Rodriguez is the first native of Puerto Rico to manage in the major leagues. He was named interim manager last Wednesday when Florida fired Fredi Gonzalez, its all-time winningest skipper.

Rodriguez, who had been managing Florida's Triple-A team in New Orleans before he was summoned to the big club, was warmly embraced by his players in the dugout before the game. The club made the announcement in the second inning, and the Marlins improved to 3-4 under Rodriguez.

Trailing by three, Florida first gained control of the game with a two-out rally in the third, started by a single from starting pitcher Nate Robertson. Chris Coghlan walked, Gaby Sanchez singled and New York's early advantage quickly disappeared with Ramirez's grand slam on a 2-1 pitch.

"Pitching from behind in the count is not what you want," Mets catcher Rod Barajas said.

Cantu followed with a double before Uggla went deep against Takahashi.

"I thought he was missing location," Manuel said. "He was not getting to the inside part of the plate."

Down 6-4 in the ninth, the Mets rallied.

Barajas singled and went to third on a double by pinch-hitter Chris Carter. Jeff Francoeur drove in a run with a groundout that sent pinch-runner Alex Cora to third. Thole then grounded a single through a drawn-in infield to tie it.

Nunez retired Ike Davis and struck out Jose Reyes to end the inning.

Reyes had an RBI double in the third and Angel Pagan added a sacrifice fly. Jason Bay hit a sacrifice fly for the Mets in the first.

Notes

  • Pagan, who is from Puerto Rico, returned to the lineup in center field after missing five games because of muscle spasms in his right side. Pagan left 100 tickets for family and friends.
  • Ramirez leads NL All-Star fan voting at shortstop.
  • New York LHP Oliver Perez (knee) is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment Wednesday.
 
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The Marlins swarm the field moments after Dan Uggla singles in the winning run with two outs in the ninth.  (AP)
The Marlins swarm the field moments after Dan Uggla singles in the winning run with two outs in the ninth. (AP)

Players of the Game
Florida

H. Ramirez
AB 5
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 4
New York

R. Tejada
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS5111023 .277
Angel Pagan, CF2111000 .304
   a- Jesus Feliciano, PH-CF1000010 .243
David Wright, 3B4030000 .310
Jason Bay, LF1001201 .277
Rod Barajas, C4110002 .249
Fernando Tatis, 1B3110000 .175
    Bobby Parnell, P0000000 .000
    Francisco Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
   b- Chris Carter, PH1010000 .237
    Alex Cora, PR-2B0100000 .226
Jeff Francoeur, RF4011010 .266
Ruben Tejada, 2B3121000 .270
   c- Josh Thole, PH1011000 .400
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
Hisanori Takahashi, P0000000 .100
    Elmer Dessens, P0000000 .000
   d- Ike Davis, PH-1B2000012 .262
Totals31612625  
a-struck out for Pagan in the 8th
b-doubled for Rodriguez in the 9th
c-singled for Tejada in the 9th
d-struck out for Dessens in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jose Reyes (14, Robertson), Fernando Tatis (4, Robertson), Chris Carter (5, Nunez)
SF - Angel Pagan (2), Jason Bay (4)
SH - Hisanori Takahashi 2 (2)
RBI - Jose Reyes (32), Angel Pagan (36), Jason Bay (35), Jeff Francoeur (41), Ruben Tejada (4), Josh Thole (1)
CS - David Wright (7, 2nd base by Robertson/Paulino)
Team LOB - 4
New York Mets
Hisanori Takahashi 5.2966242 4.24
Elmer Dessens 0.1000000 0.64
Bobby Parnell 1200010 0.00
Francisco Rodriguez 1000020 2.08
Pedro Feliciano (L,2-3) 0.2211020 1.99
Pitches-Strikes - Hisanori Takahashi 110-70, Elmer Dessens 1-1, Bobby Parnell 22-15, Francisco Rodriguez 11-10, Pedro Feliciano 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hisanori Takahashi 6-7, Bobby Parnell 2-0, Francisco Rodriguez 1-0
Batters Faced - Hisanori Takahashi 28, Elmer Dessens 1, Bobby Parnell 5, Francisco Rodriguez 3, Pedro Feliciano 4
Florida Marlins
Chris Coghlan, LF4110101 .279
Gaby Sanchez, 1B4120002 .305
    Tim Wood, P0000000 .000
    Taylor Tankersley, P0000000 .000
    Jose Veras, P0000000 .000
    Leo Nunez, P0000000 .000
   a- Emilio Bonifacio, PH1000010 .214
Hanley Ramirez, SS5114022 .293
Jorge Cantu, 3B-1B5230000 .265
Dan Uggla, 2B5123031 .262
Cody Ross, CF3010110 .295
Ronny Paulino, C4000003 .299
Mike Stanton, RF4010010 .217
Nate Robertson, P2120000 .182
    Wes Helms, 3B1000010 .255
Totals38713729  
a-struck out for Nunez in the 9th
Batting
2B - Chris Coghlan (18, Takahashi), Jorge Cantu 2 (20, Takahashi, Feliciano)
HR - Hanley Ramirez (12, Takahashi), Dan Uggla (15, Takahashi)
SH - Nate Robertson (5)
RBI - Hanley Ramirez 4 (50), Dan Uggla 3 (44)
2-OUT RBI - Hanley Ramirez 4 (18), Dan Uggla 3 (14)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Cody Ross 1
DP - Ross-G. Sanchez-Uggla, H. Ramirez-Uggla-G. Sanchez, H. Ramirez-Uggla-Cantu
Florida Marlins
Nate Robertson 6744210 4.97
Tim Wood (H,2) 0.1100000 5.09
Taylor Tankersley (H,4) 0.1000010 3.86
Jose Veras (H,2) 1.1100020 8.31
Leo Nunez (BS,4; W,3-1) 1322010 2.76
Pitches-Strikes - Nate Robertson 87-53, Tim Wood 10-7, Taylor Tankersley 4-3, Jose Veras 13-10, Leo Nunez 13-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nate Robertson 6-8, Tim Wood 1-0, Jose Veras 1-0, Leo Nunez 1-1
Batters Faced - Nate Robertson 24, Tim Wood 2, Taylor Tankersley 1, Jose Veras 4, Leo Nunez 6
Game Information
Attendance - 18373
Game Time - 3:11
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Adrian Johnson, First Base - Tim McClelland, Second Base - Andy Fletcher, Third Base - Mike Everitt