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New York at Miami

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N.Y. Mets (64-70) «500000000580
Miami (59-75)000010000160

Bay's grand slam lifts Mets to sweep

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MIAMI -- Jason Bay showed the kind of pop that prompted the Mets to give him that big contract.

The outfielder hit his fifth career grand slam in the Mets' five-run first inning and New York earned a three-game series sweep over the Miami Marlins with a 5-1 win on Sunday.

"It didn't feel any different -- that was the weird part. My first start in a week or whatever it's been, but I've done this a million times, it wasn't really that awkward," Bay said.

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Chris Young (4-7) allowed one run and five hits in five innings. He walked one and struck out three as the Mets won for the seventh time in eight games.

The Mets wasted little time in getting to Mark Buehrle (12-12).

Ronny Cedeno led off the game with a double to deep center field and took third on Justin Turner's double. Turner hit a fly down the right-field line, where the ball landed just inside fair territory as right fielder Mike Stanton overran it.

Cedeno scored on David Wright's groundout. Following Scott Hairston's pop out, Buehrle walked Ike Davis and hit Kelly Shoppach with a pitch to load the bases.

Bay then drilled a 1-0 pitch into the right-center-field seats for his seventh home run. He went 2 for 4 and raised his average to .160 with 18 RBI.

"I was just thrilled for Jason. To come out and hit that ball early, with the struggles he's had, serious injuries he's faced. It was his win today," Young said.

Now in the third year of a guaranteed four-year, $66 million contract, Bay has been reduced to a platoon player. He has played in 55 games this season, and has spent two stints (concussion, fractured rib) on the disabled list.

"I'm not out there trying to impress anybody or fake anything," Bay said. "It's obviously been a very trying time, and I take a lot of pride trying to be the same guy every day."

His approach has earned him respect, even if he hasn't been the star he was brought in to be.

"This guy's a professional," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "He understands. He's the first guy to stand up and say, `Look, I'm not getting it done. I don't blame you for what's going on. I got nobody to blame but myself,"'

Buehrle gave up five runs and six hits in seven innings. He walked one, struck out three and hit a batter.

Justin Ruggiano's two-out double in the fifth scored Rob Brantly with Miami's run. Brantly had walked and took second on Buehrle's sacrifice bunt.

Miami has dropped four in a row and eight of 10.

Notes

  • The Mets swept the Marlins on the road for the first time since May 25-27, 2007. New York also swept Miami at Citi Field earlier this year (April 24-26).
  • Six of Bay's seven homers have been hit on the road.
  • Miami recalled RHP Tom Koehler and LHP Dan Jennings from Triple-A New Orleans (Pacific Coast League League) before the game.
  • The Mets play in St. Louis on Monday, when RHP Collin McHugh (0-0) faces Cardinals RHP Joe Kelly (4-6, 3.61).
  • The Marlins will send RHP Ricky Nolasco (10-12, 4.78) to face Milwaukee RHP Mike Fiers (8-6, 2.85) on Labor Day.
 
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Players of the Game
New York

J. Bay
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
Miami

J. Ruggiano
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ronny Cedeno, SS4110002 .286
Justin Turner, 2B4120000 .281
David Wright, 3B4001001 .314
Scott Hairston, RF4000021 .269
    Jon Rauch, P0000000 .000
    Frank Francisco, P0000000 .000
Ike Davis, 1B3110100 .224
Kelly Shoppach, C3100011 .260
Jason Bay, LF4124011 .160
Andres Torres, CF4020001 .227
Chris Young, P2000012 .111
    Bobby Parnell, P0000000 .000
   a- Zach Lutz, PH1000000 .111
    Josh Edgin, P0000000 .000
    Mike Baxter, RF0000000 .277
Totals3358515  
a-lined out for Parnell in the 7th
Batting
2B - Ronny Cedeno (11, Buehrle), Justin Turner (11, Buehrle), Andres Torres (12, Buehrle)
HR - Jason Bay (7, Buehrle)
RBI - David Wright (79), Jason Bay 4 (18)
2-OUT RBI - Jason Bay 4 (11)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Cedeno-Turner-Davis
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Young (W,4-7) 5511130 4.48
Bobby Parnell 1000000 2.96
Josh Edgin 1100100 3.98
Jon Rauch 1000020 2.98
Frank Francisco 1000000 5.63
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Young 94-64, Bobby Parnell 5-5, Josh Edgin 13-6, Jon Rauch 13-8, Frank Francisco 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Young 2-10, Bobby Parnell 2-1, Josh Edgin 2-0, Frank Francisco 2-1
Batters Faced - Chris Young 21, Bobby Parnell 3, Josh Edgin 4, Jon Rauch 3, Frank Francisco 3
Miami Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Bryan Petersen, LF3010101 .201
Justin Ruggiano, CF4021011 .327
Jose Reyes, SS4010003 .281
Giancarlo Stanton, RF4000034 .287
Carlos Lee, 1B4000002 .277
Greg Dobbs, 3B4000000 .296
Donovan Solano, 2B4010000 .290
Rob Brantly, C2110101 .235
Mark Buehrle, P1000011 .051
   a- Austin Kearns, PH1000001 .238
    Ryan Webb, P0000000 .000
    Carlos Zambrano, P0000000 .176
Totals3116125  
a-grounded into a double play for Buehrle in the 7th
Batting
2B - Justin Ruggiano (18, C. Young)
SH - Mark Buehrle (2)
RBI - Justin Ruggiano (32)
2-OUT RBI - Justin Ruggiano (5)
SB - Jose Reyes 2 (32, 2nd base off C. Young/Shoppach, 2nd base off C. Young/Shoppach)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Buehrle-Reyes, Solano-Reyes-Lee
Miami Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mark Buehrle (L,12-12) 7655131 3.73
Ryan Webb 1100010 4.26
Carlos Zambrano 1100010 4.29
HBP - Shoppach (by Mark Buehrle)
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Buehrle 95-54, Ryan Webb 8-6, Carlos Zambrano 14-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Buehrle 6-11, Ryan Webb 1-0
Batters Faced - Mark Buehrle 28, Ryan Webb 3, Carlos Zambrano 4
Game Information
Attendance - 25333
Game Time - 2:22
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Gary Darling, First Base - Paul Emmel, Second Base - Scott Barry, Third Base - Jerry Meals