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New York at Florida

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N.Y. Mets (74-77)0100000102122
Florida (75-75) «01000013x590

Marlins 5, Mets 2

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MIAMI -- Gaby Sanchez is quietly keeping his name in the race for the NL Rookie of the Year Award.

His performance Tuesday night will be tough to ignore.

Sanchez hit a tie-breaking three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Florida Marlins a 5-2 victory over the New York Mets.

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"The award is the last thing I'm thinking about," Sanchez insisted.

Following his three-hit night, Sanchez is hitting .283 with 19 home runs and 81 RBI, all among the rookie leaders.

"It has been a tremendous season for Gaby, and he keeps putting the numbers up there," Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez said. "He's been outstanding. Sometimes you forget he's a rookie; he's been very, very consistent."

The loss officially eliminated the Mets from playing in the postseason.

"It would have been a long shot," Mets manager Jerry Manuel said. "Once we lost the three to the Braves that made it a difficult thing to do."

The Mets have not been to the postseason since 2006 when they won the NL East.

"It's disappointing, we had our chances, but for whatever reason -- injury, poor performance, poor execution -- we really shot ourselves in the foot the second half and weren't able to keep up that pace that we had in the first half," Mets third baseman David Wright said.

Jose Veras (3-2) worked one inning and picked up the win despite losing the lead in the top of the eighth.

Clay Hensley pitched a scoreless ninth for his fourth save in seven chances.

Marlins rookie Adalberto Mendez allowed one run and scattered 10 hits over seven innings. He was helped by his defense, which turned three double plays for him.

"We turned double plays when we had to and Mendez made his pitches when he had to," Rodriguez said.

With two outs in the eighth, Manuel brought in Elmer Dessens (3-2) to relieve Pedro Feliciano to face Hanley Ramirez, who lined a single to center as did Dan Uggla. Sanchez then drilled a 1-2 pitch over the left-field wall for his 19th homer.

"When I hit, I knew I hit it really good," Sanchez said. "And when I saw the flight of it, I knew I had gotten it."

The Marlins took a 2-1 lead in the seventh thanks to a fielding error by Wright. He made up for the error by hitting his 25th homer off Veras to tie the game.

"It's an error, it's part of the game, but it happens so you forget about it," Wright said. "You can't take your offense out defensively with you and you can't take your defense up to the plate with you."

Lucas Duda homered in the second to give the Mets a 1-0 lead, but an RBI groundout by Chad Tracy in the bottom half of the inning tied the game.

Mets starter Mike Pelfrey allowed two runs -- one earned -- and five hits in seven innings. He struck out four.

"Ever since my debut they have kicked the heck out of me so it was enough motivation to come in here, want to pitch well, and want to beat them, but unfortunately it didn't work out," Pelfrey said.

Notes

Wright leads NL 3Bs with 20 errors. ... Mets SS Jose Reyes' triple in the third inning set a team record as he hit safely in 23 consecutive road games breaking Keith Hernandez's mark of 22 set in 1986-87. ... Marlins LF Logan Morrison extended his streak of reaching base safely to 40 games with a double in the third. It is the third-longest streak in the majors this season behind Mark Teixeira (42) and Joey Votto (41). ... Mets RHP Bobby Parnell has been ruled out for the season after an MRI revealed he has an inflamed right elbow.

 
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Florida

G. Sanchez
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
New York

D. Wright
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Reyes, SS2010200 .285
Angel Pagan, RF4000003 .292
Carlos Beltran, CF4010020 .238
David Wright, 3B4131011 .286
Ike Davis, 1B4020001 .262
Lucas Duda, LF4121001 .170
Josh Thole, C4000002 .287
Ruben Tejada, 2B3020000 .202
   a- Chris Carter, PH1010000 .255
Mike Pelfrey, P3000002 .119
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
    Elmer Dessens, P0000000 .000
   b- Jesus Feliciano, PH1000001 .265
Totals34212223  
a-singled for Tejada in the 9th
b-grounded out for Dessens in the 9th
Batting
2B - Ruben Tejada (9, Mendez)
3B - Jose Reyes (9, Mendez)
HR - David Wright (25, Veras), Lucas Duda (2, Mendez)
RBI - David Wright (95), Lucas Duda (6)
2-OUT RBI - David Wright (29), Lucas Duda (2)
CS - Jose Reyes (9, 2nd base by Mendez/Davis), David Wright (11, 2nd base by Mendez/Davis)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Tejada-Reyes-Davis
E - Jose Reyes (13, Misplayed grounder), David Wright (20, Misplayed grounder)
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mike Pelfrey 7521040 3.75
Pedro Feliciano 0.2000000 2.88
Elmer Dessens (L,3-2) 0.1433001 2.55
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Pelfrey 112-69, Pedro Feliciano 7-5, Elmer Dessens 21-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Pelfrey 14-4, Pedro Feliciano 1-1
Batters Faced - Mike Pelfrey 27, Pedro Feliciano 2, Elmer Dessens 5
Florida Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Scott Cousins, CF3010000 .261
   a- Cameron Maybin, PH-CF1000000 .231
Logan Morrison, LF4010011 .309
Hanley Ramirez, SS4110011 .300
Dan Uggla, 2B4220000 .283
Gaby Sanchez, 1B4233000 .283
Chad Tracy, 3B3001001 .238
    Jose Veras, P0000000 .000
   b- Hector Luna, PH1010000 .167
    Clay Hensley, P0000000 .000
Mike Stanton, RF4000012 .243
Brad Davis, C3000011 .224
Adalberto Mendez, P2000000 .333
   c- Wes Helms, PH-3B1000002 .228
Totals3459404  
a-fouled out for Cousins in the 8th
b-doubled for Veras in the 8th
c-grounded out for Mendez in the 7th
Batting
2B - Logan Morrison (19, Pelfrey), Gaby Sanchez (36, Pelfrey), Hector Luna (1, Dessens)
HR - Gaby Sanchez (19, Dessens)
RBI - Gaby Sanchez 3 (81), Chad Tracy (14)
2-OUT RBI - Gaby Sanchez 3 (29)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Mendez-H. Ramirez-G. Sanchez, G. Sanchez-H. Ramirez-Uggla, Uggla-H. Ramirez-G. Sanchez
Florida Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Adalberto Mendez 71011221 1.56
Jose Veras (BS,2; W,3-2) 1111011 2.84
Clay Hensley (S,4) 1100000 2.31
Pitches-Strikes - Adalberto Mendez 88-55, Jose Veras 18-9, Clay Hensley 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Adalberto Mendez 4-10, Jose Veras 1-1, Clay Hensley 2-1
Batters Faced - Adalberto Mendez 28, Jose Veras 4, Clay Hensley 4
Game Information
Attendance - 19422
Game Time - 2:28
Temperature - 84
Umpires - Home - Victor Carapazza, First Base - Brian O'Nora, Second Base - Chris Guccione, Third Base - Phil Cuzzi