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MIAMI -- Giancarlo Stanton took a lusty swing with his pink bat, then paused a moment to admire his first game-winning grand slam before settling into a home run trot.
"That's one of those no-doubters," he said. "It's good I could stand and watch it."
The walk-off victory was the second in the three-game series for the Marlins, who have won 10 of their past 12 games, thanks mostly to their rotation.
"We're where we're at because of our pitching," said catcher John Buck, who hit a tying homer in the seventh. "It's kind of nice to have the bats speak up a bit."
Francisco was then replaced, and he walked slowly toward plate umpire Todd Tichenor, hollering angrily. Manager Terry Collins stepped between Tichenor and Francisco, who waved his index finger and then his cap at the ump before finally heading to the dugout.
"I thought I was hitting my spots really good, and I didn't get a call," said Francisco, who has an 8.56 ERA.
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Stanton's Mother's Day bat then closed out the victory, launching the first pitch over the left-center wall near the animated home run sculpture for his seventh homer, and sixth this month.
At first, Stanton said, he didn't hear the explosion of noise from the crowd of 26,401.
"It's a weird feeling," he said. "It's more like silence where all you see is the ball flying, and once you start going, you start to hear the big roar by everybody and the excitement."
After rounding the bases, Stanton tossed his helmet 20 feet high before hopping into a sea of jubilant Marlins at home plate. Teammate Logan Morrison gave the 245-pound slugger a celebratory hoist.
"I didn't know if his knees were going to hold out," Stanton said.
The walk-off win was the fifth for the Marlins in 14 games in their new ballpark. The Mets closed out a 4-2 trip against division opponents, with both losses coming on the game's final swing.
"We didn't finish the way we were hoping to finish," Acosta said through a translator. "It's a little tough to swallow."
The Marlins climbed two games above .500 even though they're batting just .204 with runners in scoring position, worst in the majors.
"We're still not close to our full potential," Stanton said. "Once it clicks for everybody, we're going to be scary."
Struggling reliever Heath Bell (2-3) earned the victory despite giving up two runs in the top of the ninth and drawing scattered boos when the inning ended. Mets pinch-hitter Justin Turner broke a 2-all tie with a two-out, two-run double off Bell, whose ERA rose to 10.03.
"I liked the way he threw," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. "He just made one bad pitch."
Bonifacio led off the seventh with a stand-up triple, and Buck followed with his fourth homer.
Carlos Zambrano pitched seven innings and limited the Mets to two runs, one earned, which lowered his ERA to 1.88.
"It was important to keep the game close, do my job and let my teammates do their job," Zambrano said.
|Giancarlo Stanton gets hoisted into the air by teammates after hitting a walk-off grand slam against the Mets. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Andres Torres, CF||5||0||0||0||0||2||3||.277|
|Kirk Nieuwenhuis, LF||4||1||2||0||0||1||0||.310|
|David Wright, 3B||3||1||1||0||1||1||1||.400|
|Lucas Duda, RF||4||0||0||1||0||1||1||.259|
|Daniel Murphy, 1B||3||1||2||1||1||0||0||.328|
|Ronny Cedeno, SS||2||1||0||0||2||0||1||.238|
|Jordany Valdespin, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.133|
|Rob Johnson, C||3||0||1||0||0||1||0||.286|
|a- Mike Baxter, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.346|
|Mike Nickeas, C||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.226|
|Jonathon Niese, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.091|
|b- Ike Davis, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.174|
|Ramon Ramirez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jon Rauch, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Justin Turner, PH||1||0||1||2||0||0||0||.220|
|Frank Francisco, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Manny Acosta, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-was walked intentionally for Johnson in the 9th|
|b-grounded out for Niese in the 7th|
|c-doubled for Rauch in the 9th|
|2B - Daniel Murphy (9, Bell), Justin Turner (3, Bell)|
|SH - Jonathon Niese (1)|
|RBI - Lucas Duda (17), Daniel Murphy (13), Justin Turner 2 (6)|
|2-OUT RBI - Justin Turner 2 (3)|
|CS - David Wright (4, 2nd base by Zambrano/Buck)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Cedeno-Valdespin-Murphy, Wright-Valdespin-Murphy|
|New York Mets|
|Ramon Ramirez (BS,2)||1||3||2||2||0||1||1||4.66|
|Frank Francisco (L,1-3)||0||2||3||3||1||0||0||8.56|
|Manny Acosta (BS,1)||0.2||1||3||3||1||0||1||9.53|
|HBP - Kearns (by Manny Acosta)|
|WP - Jonathon Niese (3)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jonathon Niese 99-61, Ramon Ramirez 24-16, Jon Rauch 18-10, Frank Francisco 15-7, Manny Acosta 17-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jonathon Niese 9-3, Jon Rauch 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Jonathon Niese 24, Ramon Ramirez 6, Jon Rauch 3, Frank Francisco 3, Manny Acosta 5|
|Jose Reyes, SS||2||0||1||1||2||0||3||.260|
|Omar Infante, 2B||5||0||0||0||0||0||4||.315|
|Hanley Ramirez, 3B||4||1||1||0||1||1||1||.213|
|Austin Kearns, LF||4||1||1||0||0||1||2||.270|
|Giancarlo Stanton, RF||5||1||3||4||0||1||0||.289|
|Gaby Sanchez, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.194|
|Emilio Bonifacio, CF||4||2||3||0||0||0||1||.256|
|John Buck, C||2||1||1||2||2||0||0||.200|
|Brett Hayes, PR||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||.273|
|Carlos Zambrano, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||3||.071|
|a- Logan Morrison, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.284|
|Edward Mujica, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Heath Bell, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Greg Dobbs, PH||1||1||1||1||0||0||0||.279|
|a-flied out for Zambrano in the 7th|
|b-singled for Bell in the 9th|
|3B - Emilio Bonifacio 2 (2, Ramirez, Francisco)|
|HR - Giancarlo Stanton (7, Acosta), John Buck (4, Ramirez)|
|SF - Jose Reyes (2)|
|RBI - Jose Reyes (6), Giancarlo Stanton 4 (22), John Buck 2 (9), Greg Dobbs (6)|
|2-OUT RBI - Giancarlo Stanton 4 (10)|
|SB - Jose Reyes (9, 2nd base off Ramirez/Johnson)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Reyes-Infante-G. Sanchez, Reyes-Infante-G. Sanchez|
|PB - John Buck (2)|
|Heath Bell (W,2-3)||1||2||2||2||2||0||0||10.03|
|IBB - Baxter by Heath Bell|
|Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Zambrano 115-73, Edward Mujica 9-7, Heath Bell 28-15|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Zambrano 8-4, Edward Mujica 1-0, Heath Bell 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Carlos Zambrano 27, Edward Mujica 3, Heath Bell 7|
|Attendance - 26401|
|Game Time - 3:18|
|Temperature - 75|
|Umpires - Home - Todd Tichenor, First Base - Larry Vanover, Second Base - Brian Gorman, Third Base - Tony Randazzo|