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Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Happy Recap: Game 141 - Mets at Marlins - Dickey, Acosta enough for win

Sun Life Stadium (Miami, Fla.)

N.Y. Mets «100000000152
W: R. Dickey (8-11) L: B. Hand (1-6)
S: M. Acosta (1)
HR: NYM - None   FLA - None

Lucas Duda's first-inning RBI double backed seven scoreless frames from R.A. Dickey, as the Mets grabbed a 1-0 win over the Marlins in the rubber match of a three-game series.

Dickey (8-11) scattered four hits and three walks while fanning three to earn his third consecutive victory.

Manny Acosta hit Mike Stanton with two down in the ninth, but grounded out Greg Dobbs to record his first save of the season. The Mets have won 10 of their last 13 games.

Brad Hand (1-6) was the hard-luck loser, allowing one run on three hits and four walks over six innings.

The Marlins stranded eight and were 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

Jose Reyes began the game with a single and, two batters later, Duda slapped a double into the left field corner. Reyes' trip from first to home was facilitated by Logan Morrison, who slipped in pursuit of the ball.

The Marlins left runners in scoring position in each of the first four innings. Dickey, who has posted nine straight quality starts, faced the minimum in the fifth, sixth and seventh before handing the ball to Josh Stinson in the eighth.

Emilio Bonifacio greeted Stinson with a bunt single and advanced to third on Omar Infante's sac bunt and Morrison's groundout. Again the Marlins failed to deliver, as Gaby Sanchez went down swinging.

Game Notes

In 20 innings over three starts against the Marlins this season, Dickey has not allowed an earned run...Reyes extended his hit streak to nine games...The Mets played their final game at Sun Life Stadium, finishing 74-72 all-time in the venue. Next year the Marlins open a new ballpark....The Mets and Marlins split the season series at nine games apiece.

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