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Buck, Cowgill, Wright power Mets past Marlins

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NEW YORK -- John Buck was glad to get the call -- from the New York Mets in the winter, from Jim Joyce on Saturday.

The Mets' new catcher drove in four runs and was in the middle of an exceptionally rare ruling by an umpire that helped New York beat the Miami Marlins 7-3 on Saturday.

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An instant after scoring the tying run in the seventh inning, speedy Juan Pierre was called for interference when he collided with Buck far from home plate.

"I've been watching for 42 years at this level and I've never seen it," Mets manager Terry Collins said.

Echoed Joyce: "I have never seen that play before in my life. I asked all the guys on my crew and none of them have ever seen it, either."

Pierre was at second base and Greg Dobbs hit a two-out single. Pierre dashed home easily to make it 3-all as right fielder Mike Baxter's throw was 10 feet wide.

Buck retrieved the ball toward the first base side. Then it turned bizarre.

Pierre slowed down a few steps after scoring, but still bumped into Buck as the catcher planted for a throw to second to try and get Dobbs. Both players bumped knees and tumbled to the grass.

"I felt like I was a ways away from the plate," Buck said. "It was a weird play."

Joyce immediately called Pierre for interference and ruled Dobbs out, ending the inning.

"I looked up and saw Dobbs wasn't even halfway to second. Since Juan had already scored and the rule states somebody has to be out on interference, Dobbs had to be the one," Joyce said.

Marlins manager Mike Redmond discussed the call with Joyce.

"Two guys trying to make a play, going full speed, then the ball goes wide. I guess in the sense of the rule it's interference, but I don't understand why it should go against us," Redmond said.

Pierre agreed.

"It's kind of weird they get rewarded for making a bad throw. I see him leave the plate so I didn't slide," Pierre said.

"I wasn't expecting to hit him," he added. "I was shocked more than anything else. I looked up and said, `Y'all right?' and he said, `You all right?"'

The Mets broke away by scoring three times in the bottom of the seventh. Daniel Murphy hit an RBI triple, David Wright singled home a run and Buck had a sacrifice fly. Catcher Miguel Olivo contributed to Miami's problems in the inning with two throwing errors on steals at second base.

Buck has a team-high nine RBIs in his first year with the Mets. He had a sacrifice fly in the first and hit a two-run double off Ricky Nolasco in the sixth for a 3-2 edge.

An All-Star in 2010, Buck dipped to .192 last season with the Marlins. They traded him to Toronto in November, and the Blue Jays dealt him to the Mets in December as part of a package for NL Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey.

"Last year, if something could go wrong, it went wrong. And then I tried harder to fix it," Buck said. "It was a lot of stuff."

Collin Cowgill, who hit a grand slam on opening day, had a solo homer in the Mets' eighth.

Brandon Lyon (1-0) pitched one scoreless inning. Ryan Webb (0-1) took the loss.

Shortstop Ruben Tejada's fourth error of the season gave Miami a 2-1 lead in the fifth.

Jonathon Niese gave up one earned run in six innings, the 22nd straight time he's gone at least that far for the Mets.

Besides the Buck-Pierre play, there were other odd moments.

At one point, the bullpen phone in the Marlins' dugout wasn't working. Backup catcher Kyle Skipworth was dispatched to deliver a message in person.

"I was sitting there and Skip said, `Get Webb going.' I didn't understand at first, then he said `Go, Go!' so I ran out there as fast as I could," Skipworth said.

Also, Joyce had a discussion with both managers after a fan was apparently shouting out pitch locations to hitters.

Notes

  • Marlins RHP Jose Fernandez is set to make his major league debut Sunday. At 20 years, 250 days, he will become the youngest pitcher in team history. Fernandez, who has never pitched above Class A, was the youngest pitcher on a big league roster on opening day, STATS said. "Will he be nervous? Absolutely," Redmond said.
  • LHP Aaron Laffey is set to make his Mets debut Sunday.
  • The Mets have homered in the first five games of a season for the first time since 1999.
  • Webb is the son of Hank Webb, who pitched for the Mets from 1972-76.
 
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The Mets' David Wright performs like a franchise player against the Marlins, logging 3 hits and driving in a run. (Getty Images)
The Mets' David Wright performs like a franchise player against the Marlins, logging 3 hits and driving in a run. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Miami

J. Pierre
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
New York

D. Wright
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Miami Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Juan Pierre, LF4220100 .263
Placido Polanco, 3B5110002 .286
Giancarlo Stanton, RF4020001 .222
Greg Dobbs, 1B4022012 .286
Justin Ruggiano, CF4000022 .235
Miguel Olivo, C4020000 .286
Adeiny Hechavarria, SS3010111 .235
Donovan Solano, 2B4010022 .250
Ricky Nolasco, P3000013 .000
    Ryan Webb, P0000000 .000
    Chad Qualls, P0000000 .000
   a- Chris Coghlan, PH1000010 .000
Totals36311228  
a-struck out for Qualls in the 9th
Batting
RBI - Greg Dobbs 2 (4)
2-OUT RBI - Greg Dobbs 2 (2)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Solano-Hechavarria-Dobbs
E - Miguel Olivo 2 (2, Throwing)
Miami Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ricky Nolasco 5.1633330 3.97
Ryan Webb (L,0-1) 1.2232200 5.40
Chad Qualls 1111011 15.43
IBB - Davis by Ryan Webb
Pitches-Strikes - Ricky Nolasco 103-61, Ryan Webb 36-19, Chad Qualls 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricky Nolasco 4-8, Ryan Webb 2-3, Chad Qualls 2-0
Batters Faced - Ricky Nolasco 24, Ryan Webb 9, Chad Qualls 4
New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Mike Baxter, RF3210200 .333
Daniel Murphy, 2B4111012 .222
David Wright, 3B4231000 .333
Ike Davis, 1B3120100 .158
John Buck, C2014000 .421
Lucas Duda, LF2000203 .231
    Brandon Lyon, P0000000 .000
    Bobby Parnell, P0000000 .000
Kirk Nieuwenhuis, CF4000012 .167
Ruben Tejada, SS4000012 .176
Jonathon Niese, P2000010 .500
    Scott Atchison, P0000000 .000
    Josh Edgin, P0000000 .000
   a- Jordany Valdespin, PH1000000 .286
    Collin Cowgill, LF1111000 .231
Totals3079754  
a-flied out for Edgin in the 7th
Batting
2B - John Buck (1, Nolasco)
3B - Daniel Murphy (1, Webb)
HR - Collin Cowgill (2, Qualls)
SF - John Buck 2 (2)
RBI - Daniel Murphy (5), David Wright (3), John Buck 4 (9), Collin Cowgill (5)
2-OUT RBI - Collin Cowgill (5)
SB - Mike Baxter (1, 3rd base off Webb/Olivo), David Wright (3, 3rd base off Webb/Olivo)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Murphy-Tejada-Davis
E - Ruben Tejada (4, Throwing)
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jonathon Niese 6821250 2.13
Scott Atchison (H,1) 0.2111000 3.38
Josh Edgin (BS,1) 0.1100000 0.00
Brandon Lyon (H,1; W,1-0) 1100020 0.00
Bobby Parnell 1000010 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Jonathon Niese 100-68, Scott Atchison 11-8, Josh Edgin 3-2, Brandon Lyon 17-11, Bobby Parnell 14-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jonathon Niese 9-3, Scott Atchison 1-1, Brandon Lyon 1-0, Bobby Parnell 2-0
Batters Faced - Jonathon Niese 27, Scott Atchison 3, Josh Edgin 1, Brandon Lyon 4, Bobby Parnell 3
Game Information
Attendance - 28474
Game Time - 2:59
Temperature - 46
Umpires - Home - Jim Joyce, First Base - Jim Wolf, Second Base - Ed Hickox, Third Base - Cory Blaser