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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.
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.
Miami has dropped four in a row and eight of 10.
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|New York Mets|
|Ronny Cedeno, SS||4||1||1||0||0||0||2||.286|
|Justin Turner, 2B||4||1||2||0||0||0||0||.281|
|David Wright, 3B||4||0||0||1||0||0||1||.314|
|Scott Hairston, RF||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.269|
|Jon Rauch, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Frank Francisco, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ike Davis, 1B||3||1||1||0||1||0||0||.224|
|Kelly Shoppach, C||3||1||0||0||0||1||1||.260|
|Jason Bay, LF||4||1||2||4||0||1||1||.160|
|Andres Torres, CF||4||0||2||0||0||0||1||.227|
|Chris Young, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||2||.111|
|Bobby Parnell, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Zach Lutz, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.111|
|Josh Edgin, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Mike Baxter, RF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.277|
|a-lined out for Parnell in the 7th|
|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|
|DP - Cedeno-Turner-Davis|
|New York Mets|
|Chris Young (W,4-7)||5||5||1||1||1||3||0||4.48|
|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|
|Bryan Petersen, LF||3||0||1||0||1||0||1||.201|
|Justin Ruggiano, CF||4||0||2||1||0||1||1||.327|
|Jose Reyes, SS||4||0||1||0||0||0||3||.281|
|Giancarlo Stanton, RF||4||0||0||0||0||3||4||.287|
|Carlos Lee, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.277|
|Greg Dobbs, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||.296|
|Donovan Solano, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.290|
|Rob Brantly, C||2||1||1||0||1||0||1||.235|
|Mark Buehrle, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.051|
|a- Austin Kearns, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.238|
|Ryan Webb, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Carlos Zambrano, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.176|
|a-grounded into a double play for Buehrle in the 7th|
|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|
|DP - Buehrle-Reyes, Solano-Reyes-Lee|
|Mark Buehrle (L,12-12)||7||6||5||5||1||3||1||3.73|
|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|
|Attendance - 25333|
|Game Time - 2:22|
|Temperature - 78|
|Umpires - Home - Gary Darling, First Base - Paul Emmel, Second Base - Scott Barry, Third Base - Jerry Meals|