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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Happy Recap: Game 17 - Marlins at Mets - Mets Ruin Reyes Return to NYC, WIN 2-1

Duda driving the go ahead run
Citi Field (Flushing, NY)

Miami (7-9)000000100130
N.Y. Mets (9-8) «00000011x260

W: J. Rauch (3-0) L: E. Mujica (0-2)
S: F. Francisco (4)
HR: MIA - None   NYM - None

Lucas Duda's eighth-inning line drive hit off Edward Mujica's throwing hand allowed Kirk Nieuwenhuis to score the go-ahead run as the Mets downed the Marlins, 2-1, in Jose Reyes' return to New York.

Reyes, who spent nine years as the Mets' franchise shortstop before signing a lucrative free agent deal with the Marlins last offseason, went 0-for-4 amid a mix of cheers and boos and was overshadowed by a vintage pitchers' duel and New York's late rally.

The Mets scored the tying run after working four consecutive two-out walks against four different pitchers in the seventh inning, then scored in the next frame to win for just the second time in their last seven games.

Neither starter, New York's Johan Santana or his counterpart, Josh Johnson, factored in the decision despite both allowing just one run on three hits over 6 2/3 innings. Santana, coming off the shortest outing of his career, struck out 11, two more than Johnson.

Jon Rauch (3-0) was credited with win after throwing a perfect eighth, while Mujica (0-2) took the loss, Miami's third straight.

In his first at-bat as a visitor at Citi Field, Reyes ripped a line drive deep to the center field warning track that Nieuwenhuis grabbed just before crashing into the wall.

The highlight-reel catch started Santana's outing off on the right foot, and the two-time Cy Young Award winner was on cruise control until Giancarlo Stanton's two-out single in the seventh.

Gaby Sanchez followed with a double off the left-field wall, and though Ruben Tejada's relay throw beat a staggering Stanton home, the ball skipped by Josh Thole and the run scored.

The first chance the Mets had to score against Johnson came in the fourth, when Daniel Murphy tried racing home from third on a wild pitch but was tagged out on a bang-bang play at the plate.

Johnson was at 102 pitches after walking Duda with two outs in the seventh, and Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen opted to pull his starter. Randy Choate and Steve Cishek each walked the only batter they faced to load the bases, and Michael Dunn threw a payoff pitch that Thole took below his knees to force in New York's first run.

Pinch-Hitter Zach Lutz struck out looking to end the inning, but Nieuwenhuis began the eighth with a single and moved to third on Murphy's base hit through the right side of the infield.

After David Wright looked a strike three, Duda stepped up and laced a comebacker that hit Mujica's throwing hand and trickled behind the mound far enough for Nieuwenhuis to score the go-ahead run.

Frank Francisco worked around a one-out walk in the ninth to post his fourth save of the season.

Game Notes

Santana, who lasted just 1 1/3 innings against the Braves last Tuesday, has not received any run support while on the mound in four starts (18 innings) this season...Thole went 1-for-2 with a walk and has reached base safely in all 15 games he's played this year, extending the longest streak to begin a season by a Mets catcher...The Mets are 0-for-15 with the bases loaded this season...Reyes is the Mets' all-time leader in runs, triples and stolen bases...Miami's Omar Infante returned from a four-game absence due to a sore left groin and went hitless in four at-bats.

Box Score:

Jose Reyes SS400000000.215
Emilio Bonifacio CF401000002.295
Hanley Ramirez 3B300000011.250
Logan Morrison LF300000012.302
  Donnie Murphy PR000000000.167
Omar Infante 2B400000001.295
Giancarlo Stanton RF411000001.255
Gaby Sanchez 1B301110001.218
John Buck C200000011.209
Josh Johnson P200000002.000
  Randy Choate P000000000.000
  Steve Cishek P000000000.000
  Michael Dunn P000000000.000
  Chris Coghlan PH100000000.143
  Edward Mujica P000000000.000
  Ryan Webb P000000000.000
Kirk Nieuwenhuis CF411000003.327
Ruben Tejada SS400000003.246
Daniel Murphy 2B-1B402000000.333
David Wright 3B401000001.365
Lucas Duda RF311100011.228
Ike Davis 1B200000001.131
  Justin Turner PH-1B100000010.238
  Frank Francisco P000000000.000
Mike Baxter LF200000001.214
  Scott Hairston PH-LF000000010.160
Josh Thole C201110010.366
Johan Santana P200000000.000
  Ramon Ramirez P000000000.000
  Zach Lutz PH100000001.000
  Jon Rauch P000000000.000
  Jordany Valdespin 2B000000000.000

LOB_Miami 5, NY Mets 7. 2B_G.Sanchez, J.Thole. SB_H.Ramirez (4).

Josh Johnson6.2311190102-674.63
Randy Choate0.00001007-30.00
Steve Cishek0.00001004-01.08
Michael Dunn (B 1)0.100011011-72.45
Edward Mujica (L 0-2)0.231101020-145.19
Ryan Webb0.10000003-32.45
Johan Santana6.23112110105-673.00
Ramon Ramirez0.10000004-25.19
Jon Rauch (W 3-0)1.000000018-100.00
Frank Francisco (S 4)1.000010016-107.36

R.Choate pitched to 1 batter in the 7th. S.Cishek pitched to 1 batter in the 7th.

T_2:55. A_20192.
Umpires_Home,Dan Iassogna; First, Bill Miller; Second, Dale Scott; Third, CB Bucknor.

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