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Mets escape Marlins sweep, end six-game losing streak

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MIAMI -- Jordany Valdespin's home-run trot was more like a sprint, and he dashed all the way to the dugout, as though he couldn't wait to trade high-fives with his New York Mets teammates.

The Mets finally had some big hits to celebrate Wednesday, when they broke a six-game losing streak and averted a series sweep by beating the Miami Marlins 7-6.

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Valdespin put New York ahead to stay in the sixth inning with a three-run, pinch-homer.

"That was a momentum changer," Mets catcher John Buck said.

Buck and David Wright each had three of New York's 13 hits. NL RBIs leader Buck hit a two-run double, and Wright contributed his third homer for the Mets, who totaled only 11 runs during their losing streak.

"We got some offense going," manager Terry Collins said. "The most frustrating thing about the past six days is we've been in the games. We've given ourselves a chance, we just haven't been able to create any offense. Hopefully today is a start."

The dormant attack finally came alive after the Mets fell behind 4-1. Valdespin's second homer of the year was his sixth pinch-homer since breaking into the majors in 2012, which ties him for second place on the team's career list.

"For some reason he loves to come off the bench when the pressure's on," Collins said. "It's amazing what he has done as a pinch-hitter. His eyes seem to get bigger, and he seems to see the ball better."

Wright homered in the fourth, scored three times and made a barehanded grab and throw at third base in the seventh inning to keep a runner stranded at third. Afterward he was wrapped from neck to torso because of various maladies, including a stiff neck, but said he had been eager to play Wednesday.

"We need all the wins we can get, especially with the way we've been playing," Wright said. "You want to be in there and help out."

Miami came from behind in the final inning to win the first two games of the series, but this time the New York bullpen - ranked next to last in the majors in ERA - protected a lead. Bobby Parnell pitched a perfect ninth for his third save in five chances.

Dillon Gee (2-4) won despite allowing four runs and nine hits in five innings. The Mets had scored a total of 10 runs in his previous five starts.

Marcell Ozuna, who made his big league debut Tuesday, had two of Miami's 13 hits. Wade LeBlanc gave up four runs in 5 2-3 innings, and the Marlins fell to 0-6 in his starts.

"It's frustrating getting spotted three runs and letting the other team kind of creep back in," LeBlanc said.

The Mets' comeback in the sixth began when Wright led off with a double. He scored on a two-out single by Marlon Byrd, and Ike Davis also singled.

Valdespin greeted reliever A.J. Ramos (0-1) with a homer to put New York ahead 5-4.

"He has mastered the art of pinch-hitting," Wright said. "I pinch-hit a few times in my career, and he makes it look a lot easier than it is. It's impressive to watch."

Daniel Murphy and Wright singled in the seventh, and Buck followed with a double, giving him 27 RBI. That includes eight in five games this year against his former team.

Miami's relievers gave up three runs in four innings.

"Our bullpen has been great all year, and every once in a while this is going to happen," manager Mike Redmond said.

Mets center fielder Juan Lagares threw out Nick Green trying to score from second on LeBlanc's one-out single in the fourth. LeBlanc took second on the play and came home on a single by Juan Pierre, sliding hard into catcher Buck's left knee to beat Lagares' throw.

LeBlanc was shaken up, but after a visit with the trainer he stayed in the game.

An error by left fielder Lucas Duda led to two unearned runs for Miami in the seventh. With two on, Justin Ruggiano's one-hop single skipped off Duda's glove and rolled to the wall, allowing both runners to score, cutting New York's lead to 7-6.

The Marlins matched their best first inning of the season to take a 3-0 lead. After Gee gave up two walks, Ruggiano singled home a run. With two out, Chris Valaika hit a two-run double.

Notes

  • Wright improved to 8 for 13 (.615) with two homers against LeBlanc.
  • On Thursday the Marlins begin their longest trip of the season, with 10 games in three cities.
  • Attendance for the 12:40 p.m. start was 16,188, including several school groups.
 
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Jordany Valdespin celebrates with Lucas Duda (left) and Marlon Byrd after hitting a three-run homer in the sixth inning. (USATSI)
Jordany Valdespin celebrates with Lucas Duda (left) and Marlon Byrd after hitting a three-run homer in the sixth inning. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
New York

D. Wright
AB 5
R 3
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
Miami

G. Dobbs
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ruben Tejada, SS4010100 .247
Daniel Murphy, 2B5120003 .295
David Wright, 3B5331000 .308
John Buck, C4032101 .264
Lucas Duda, LF4000134 .250
    Mike Baxter, LF0000000 .200
Marlon Byrd, RF5121013 .243
Ike Davis, 1B4110015 .169
Juan Lagares, CF2000002 .071
   a- Jordany Valdespin, PH-CF2113010 .263
Dillon Gee, P3000020 .091
    Scott Atchison, P0000000 .000
   b- Collin Cowgill, PH1000010 .157
    LaTroy Hawkins, P0000000 .000
    Scott Rice, P0000000 .000
    Bobby Parnell, P0000000 .000
Totals39713739  
a-homered for Lagares in the 6th
b-struck out for Atchison in the 8th
Batting
2B - David Wright (5, LeBlanc), John Buck (3, Qualls)
HR - David Wright (3, LeBlanc), Jordany Valdespin (2, Ramos)
RBI - David Wright (20), John Buck 2 (27), Marlon Byrd (11), Jordany Valdespin 3 (10)
2-OUT RBI - Marlon Byrd (3), Jordany Valdespin 3 (4)
CS - Daniel Murphy (1, 2nd base by LeBlanc/Olivo)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Juan Lagares 1
DP - Tejada-Murphy-Davis
E - Lucas Duda (2, Misplayed grounder), Juan Lagares (1, Misplayed grounder)
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Dillon Gee (W,2-4) 5944210 6.16
Scott Atchison (H,4) 2320000 3.55
LaTroy Hawkins (H,3) 0.2100000 3.18
Scott Rice (H,3) 0.1000000 1.84
Bobby Parnell (S,3) 1000010 1.46
Pitches-Strikes - Dillon Gee 70-43, Scott Atchison 31-19, LaTroy Hawkins 13-9, Scott Rice 6-5, Bobby Parnell 7-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dillon Gee 8-4, Scott Atchison 4-2, LaTroy Hawkins 2-0, Scott Rice 1-0, Bobby Parnell 1-1
Batters Faced - Dillon Gee 24, Scott Atchison 9, LaTroy Hawkins 3, Scott Rice 1, Bobby Parnell 3
Miami Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Juan Pierre, LF4121101 .222
Donovan Solano, 2B5110012 .260
Greg Dobbs, 1B4220100 .256
Justin Ruggiano, CF5121011 .239
Marcell Ozuna, RF4020003 .429
Chris Valaika, 3B4012003 .250
Miguel Olivo, C4000001 .158
Nick Green, SS4020000 .321
Wade LeBlanc, P2110001 .200
    A.J. Ramos, P0000000 .000
   a- Chris Coghlan, PH1000000 .176
    Chad Qualls, P0000000 .000
    Brad Hand, P0000000 .000
   b- Austin Kearns, PH1000001 .192
    Mike Dunn, P0000000 .000
Totals38613422  
a-popped out for Ramos in the 6th
b-grounded out for Hand in the 8th
Batting
2B - Chris Valaika (5, Gee), Nick Green 2 (2, Gee, Hawkins)
RBI - Juan Pierre (3), Justin Ruggiano (11), Chris Valaika 2 (8)
2-OUT RBI - Juan Pierre (2), Chris Valaika 2 (2)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Dobbs-Green
E - Chris Valaika (3, Misplayed grounder)
Miami Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Wade LeBlanc 5.2844041 6.23
A.J. Ramos (BS,2; L,0-1) 0.1111011 3.38
Chad Qualls 0.1322000 4.05
Brad Hand 1.2000230 0.00
Mike Dunn 1100110 1.98
HBP - Davis (by Wade LeBlanc)
Pitches-Strikes - Wade LeBlanc 90-57, A.J. Ramos 8-6, Chad Qualls 11-9, Brad Hand 33-16, Mike Dunn 17-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wade LeBlanc 9-3, Chad Qualls 1-0, Brad Hand 1-1, Mike Dunn 1-1
Batters Faced - Wade LeBlanc 25, A.J. Ramos 2, Chad Qualls 4, Brad Hand 7, Mike Dunn 5
Game Information
Attendance - 16188
Game Time - 3:04
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Marvin Hudson, First Base - Jordan Baker, Second Base - Tim McClelland, Third Base - Jerry Meals