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Badenhop's winning hit lifts Marlins past Mets in 11

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NEW YORK -- The bat belonged to Josh Johnson. The helmet to Brian Sanches.

The eventual game-winning hit belonged to Burke Badenhop, and don't think for a moment that he's going to let anybody take it away from him.

The Marlins' reliever delivered his second career hit at the most opportune time Monday night, driving in Mike Stanton with two outs in the 11th inning to give Florida a come-from-behind 2-1 win over the New York Mets.

Manager Edwin Rodriguez still had infielder Osvaldo Martinez available to pinch hit, but he couldn't lift Badenhop because closer Leo Nunez was the last available arm in his bullpen. So he put Martinez on the on-deck circle as a decoy and told Badenhop, "Go get your RBI."

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He did just that, sending a pitch from Ryota Igarashi (2-1) into shallow center.

"They thought it was my first hit," Badenhop said, before recalling his only other hit in vivid detail, a blooper against the Atlanta Braves way back on June 3, 2008.

This one was a bit more memorable.

"Everybody was telling me he's a good hitter," Rodriguez said, wearing a broad smile. "I think they were trying to convince me."

Badenhop (1-0) even picked up the win after escaping a two-on, two-out jam in the 10th.

Leo Nunez pitched the bottom half of the 11th for his 15th save, despite allowing a two-out triple to relief pitcher Jonathon Niese -- who was pinch hitting only because Mets manager Terry Collins had already exhausted all of his available position players.

"Uncomfortable, from start to finish," Collins said of the game. "We had a lot of things in our advantage and we couldn't capitalize on them."

The game was played through a thick, soupy mist that delayed the start by more than an hour and provided a perfect metaphor for the way the rest of the Mets' day went.

David Wright had an MRI exam that revealed a stress fracture in his lower back, although the team isn't sure whether their star third baseman will go on the disabled list. Top prospect Jenrry Mejia had Tommy John surgery, and starting pitcher Chris Young had shoulder surgery. They even had a minor leaguer suspended for 50 games after testing positive for a banned substance.

Things appeared to be going better for the Mets once the game started.

They took a 1-0 lead off Johnson in the fourth inning, when David Murphy singled through the right side of the infield and advanced to second on a wild pitch. He came around to score on a double by Justin Turner into the gap in right field.

New York had another chance to score in the fifth, when Jose Reyes singled and Carlos Beltran lined a shot back at the pitcher that Johnson tried to knock down. The ball ricocheted off his forearm toward the left side of the infield for a hit, and the Marlins training staff came out to check on their ace. He got through the rest of the inning before he was lifted.

"It just got tight there," said Johnson, who doesn't think the bruised forearm will force him to miss any starts. "Just see how it reacts the next couple days."

Both starting pitchers got some help from their defense.

Willie Harris, starting in place of Wright at third base, laid out to stab John Buck's liner with two on and two out in the fourth. Then in the fifth, Beltran made a sliding grab of Chris Coghlan's sinking flyball and alertly doubled Omar Infante off second to end the inning.

Logan Morrison sent a pitch screaming to the deepest part of the park with one out in the sixth, but center fielder Jason Pridie had enough room to make the catch against the wall.

There wasn't enough room in any park to hold Stanton's shot off Mike Pelfrey in the seventh. The ball landed on the black tarp in center field above and to the right of the home run apple, one of the longest home runs hit in the 2-plus-year history of Citi Field.

"I was ready for a fastball and turned on it," Stanton said simply.

The Marlins had a chance to go ahead in the ninth against Francisco Rodriguez, putting runners on first and second with two outs. Hanley Ramirez grounded out to end the inning.

New York had its chance in the bottom half, loading the bases against Ryan Webb. Collins decided to pinch hit for Harris with Chin-lung Hu, who grounded out against Randy Choate to end the inning. Hu is just 1 for 20 with a single RBI this season.

The Mets had another chance with runners on first and second in the 10th. Turner ripped a grounder up the middle that Ramirez muffed, but the ball bounced right to Infante, who stepped on second base before firing to first for the fortunate inning-ending double play.

"A night like that, anything can happen," Rodriguez said, still smiling. "And it did."

Notes

  • Young had surgery to repair a tear of the anterior capsule of his right shoulder.
  • Ramirez went 0 for 6 and left seven on base while batting second for the first time since 2006.
  • After the game, the Mets sent Hu and Igarashi to Triple-A Buffalo and recalled SS Ruben Tejada. They also activated RHP Pedro Beato (right elbow tendinitis) from the DL.
 
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Relief pitcher Burke Badenhop puts Florida up for good with two outs in the 11th after delivering his second career hit.  (AP)
Relief pitcher Burke Badenhop puts Florida up for good with two outs in the 11th after delivering his second career hit. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

J. Turner
AB 5
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Florida

M. Stanton
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Florida Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Chris Coghlan, CF4000104 .247
    Ryan Webb, P0000000 .000
    Randy Choate, P0000000 .000
    Burke Badenhop, P10110001.000
    Leo Nunez, P0000000 .000
Hanley Ramirez, SS6000007 .204
Logan Morrison, LF4000110 .310
Gaby Sanchez, 1B4010121 .329
Greg Dobbs, 3B3000001 .337
   a- Wes Helms, PH-3B2000001 .216
Mike Stanton, RF4221102 .254
John Buck, C3000003 .220
    Brett Hayes, PR-C1000011 .381
Omar Infante, 2B4030001 .244
Josh Johnson, P1000001 .158
    Edward Mujica, P0000000 .000
   b- Scott Cousins, PH1010000 .176
    Mike Dunn, P0000000 .000
   c- Emilio Bonifacio, PH-CF2010011 .288
Totals4029245  
a-flied out for Dobbs in the 8th
b-singled for Mujica in the 7th
c-struck out for Dunn in the 9th
Batting
HR - Mike Stanton (8, Pelfrey)
SH - Omar Infante (2), Josh Johnson (2)
RBI - Burke Badenhop (1), Mike Stanton (19)
2-OUT RBI - Burke Badenhop (1)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - H. Ramirez-Infante-G. Sanchez
E - Hanley Ramirez (7, Throwing)
Florida Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Josh Johnson 5711230 1.64
Edward Mujica 1000010 3.10
Mike Dunn 2000050 1.96
Ryan Webb 0.2100210 2.89
Randy Choate 0.1000000 1.35
Burke Badenhop (W,1-0) 1000200 2.08
Leo Nunez (S,15) 1100020 2.91
IBB - Paulino by Josh Johnson, Thole by Ryan Webb, by Reyes, Murphy by Burke Badenhop
WP - Josh Johnson (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Johnson 85-53, Edward Mujica 10-8, Mike Dunn 29-18, Ryan Webb 18-6, Randy Choate 1-1, Burke Badenhop 14-5, Leo Nunez 18-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Johnson 5-6, Edward Mujica 1-1, Ryan Webb 1-0, Randy Choate 1-0, Burke Badenhop 2-0
Batters Faced - Josh Johnson 23, Edward Mujica 3, Mike Dunn 6, Ryan Webb 5, Randy Choate 1, Burke Badenhop 4, Leo Nunez 4
New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Reyes, SS5020121 .313
Willie Harris, 3B4000021 .205
   a- Chin-lung Hu, PH-2B1000003 .050
Carlos Beltran, RF3010211 .286
Jason Bay, LF4010023 .218
Daniel Murphy, 1B4110102 .248
Justin Turner, 2B-3B5021001 .318
Jason Pridie, CF5010032 .246
Ronny Paulino, C2000101 .345
   b- Josh Thole, PH-C1000100 .220
Mike Pelfrey, P2000012 .063
   c- Scott Hairston, PH1000010 .200
    Tim Byrdak, P0000000 .000
    Jason Isringhausen, P0000000 .000
    Francisco Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
   d- Fernando Martinez, PH1000001 .286
    Mike O'Connor, P0000000 .000
    Ryota Igarashi, P0000000 .000
   e- Jonathon Niese, PH1010000 .143
Totals39191612  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Harris in the 9th
b-was walked intentionally for Paulino in the 9th
c-struck out for Pelfrey in the 7th
d-hit into fielder's choice for Rodriguez in the 9th
e-tripled for Igarashi in the 11th
Batting
2B - Justin Turner (3, Johnson)
3B - Jonathon Niese (1, Nunez)
SH - Jason Bay (1)
RBI - Justin Turner (10)
SB - Jose Reyes 2 (16, 2nd base off Johnson/Buck, 2nd base off Johnson/Buck)
CS - Jason Bay (1, 2nd base by Johnson/Buck)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Carlos Beltran 1
DP - Beltran-Reyes
E - Jose Reyes (3, Throwing)
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mike Pelfrey 7611211 5.11
Tim Byrdak 0.1000100 5.40
Jason Isringhausen 0.2000000 2.08
Francisco Rodriguez 1000110 0.87
Mike O'Connor 1000020 0.00
Ryota Igarashi (L,2-1) 1311010 4.63
IBB - Coghlan by Francisco Rodriguez
HBP - Buck (by Francisco Rodriguez)
WP - Mike Pelfrey (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Pelfrey 92-55, Tim Byrdak 9-4, Jason Isringhausen 7-4, Francisco Rodriguez 15-6, Mike O'Connor 13-8, Ryota Igarashi 18-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Pelfrey 7-13, Tim Byrdak 1-0, Francisco Rodriguez 2-0, Ryota Igarashi 1-1
Batters Faced - Mike Pelfrey 29, Tim Byrdak 2, Jason Isringhausen 2, Francisco Rodriguez 5, Mike O'Connor 3, Ryota Igarashi 6
Game Information
Attendance - 23721
Game Time - 3:31
Temperature - 55
Umpires - Home - Bill Miller, First Base - Chris Conroy, Second Base - James Hoye, Third Base - Manny Gonzalez