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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.
"It's frustrating getting spotted three runs and letting the other team kind of creep back in," LeBlanc said.
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
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.
|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|
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|New York Mets|
|Ruben Tejada, SS||4||0||1||0||1||0||0||.247|
|Daniel Murphy, 2B||5||1||2||0||0||0||3||.295|
|David Wright, 3B||5||3||3||1||0||0||0||.308|
|John Buck, C||4||0||3||2||1||0||1||.264|
|Lucas Duda, LF||4||0||0||0||1||3||4||.250|
|Mike Baxter, LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.200|
|Marlon Byrd, RF||5||1||2||1||0||1||3||.243|
|Ike Davis, 1B||4||1||1||0||0||1||5||.169|
|Juan Lagares, CF||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||.071|
|a- Jordany Valdespin, PH-CF||2||1||1||3||0||1||0||.263|
|Dillon Gee, P||3||0||0||0||0||2||0||.091|
|Scott Atchison, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Collin Cowgill, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.157|
|LaTroy Hawkins, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Scott Rice, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Bobby Parnell, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-homered for Lagares in the 6th|
|b-struck out for Atchison in the 8th|
|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|
|Outfield Assists - Juan Lagares 1|
|DP - Tejada-Murphy-Davis|
|E - Lucas Duda (2, Misplayed grounder), Juan Lagares (1, Misplayed grounder)|
|New York Mets|
|Dillon Gee (W,2-4)||5||9||4||4||2||1||0||6.16|
|Scott Atchison (H,4)||2||3||2||0||0||0||0||3.55|
|LaTroy Hawkins (H,3)||0.2||1||0||0||0||0||0||3.18|
|Scott Rice (H,3)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.84|
|Bobby Parnell (S,3)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||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|
|Juan Pierre, LF||4||1||2||1||1||0||1||.222|
|Donovan Solano, 2B||5||1||1||0||0||1||2||.260|
|Greg Dobbs, 1B||4||2||2||0||1||0||0||.256|
|Justin Ruggiano, CF||5||1||2||1||0||1||1||.239|
|Marcell Ozuna, RF||4||0||2||0||0||0||3||.429|
|Chris Valaika, 3B||4||0||1||2||0||0||3||.250|
|Miguel Olivo, C||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.158|
|Nick Green, SS||4||0||2||0||0||0||0||.321|
|Wade LeBlanc, P||2||1||1||0||0||0||1||.200|
|A.J. Ramos, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Chris Coghlan, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.176|
|Chad Qualls, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brad Hand, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Austin Kearns, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.192|
|Mike Dunn, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-popped out for Ramos in the 6th|
|b-grounded out for Hand in the 8th|
|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|
|DP - Dobbs-Green|
|E - Chris Valaika (3, Misplayed grounder)|
|A.J. Ramos (BS,2; L,0-1)||0.1||1||1||1||0||1||1||3.38|
|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|
|Attendance - 16188|
|Game Time - 3:04|
|Temperature - 75|
|Umpires - Home - Marvin Hudson, First Base - Jordan Baker, Second Base - Tim McClelland, Third Base - Jerry Meals|