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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Happy Recap: Game 18 - Marlins at Mets - Wright Becomes Mets RBI Leader, Mets Win 5-1

Citi Field (Flushing, NY)

Miami (7-10)000010000161
N.Y. Mets (10-8) «00000203x581

W: R. Dickey (3-1) L: M. Buehrle (1-3)
HR: MIA - O. Infante (5)   NYM - D. Wright (3)

David Wright became the Mets' all-time RBI leader with a go-ahead two-run homer in the sixth inning, as New York took down the Miami Marlins, 5-1 at Citi Field.

Lucas Duda went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI, and Mike Baxter added a pinch-hit, two-run double for the Mets, who have taken the first two meetings of this three-game set on the heels a 1-5 stretch.

R.A. Dickey (3-1) held the Marlins to one run on three hits over seven innings, while Mark Buehrle (1-3) was again the hard-luck loser having allowed two runs on five hits in his seven-inning start.

Omar Infante homered for Miami, while Jose Reyes went 1-for-4 after going hitless in four-at bats in his return to New York on Tuesday.

Buehrle did not allow a runner into scoring position in his outing, but he plunked Kirk Nieuwenhuis leading off the sixth and later in the frame caught too much of the plate on an 0-2 pitch to Wright, who redirected the changeup over the center-field wall.

Wright's third home run of the season gave him 735 career RBI, surpassing Darryl Strawberry atop the Mets' all-time list.

"To have your name mentioned in the same breath with Straw, [Mike] Piazza and some of these guys is quite an honor," a humble Wright said.

As Buehrle sat on the bench in the eighth, the Mets found more breathing room with three insurance runs.

With runners on first and second and two outs, Duda hit a sharp single that ate up Giancarlo Stanton in right field. The error allowed Ruben Tejada to score -- ending Michael Dunn's relief appearance -- and Baxter greeted Ryan Webb with a slicer to left to plate Wright and Duda.

Manny Acosta recorded the final three outs in the ninth to close out the win.

"It seems that every night there's one extra hit, one extra mistake or something [else] that we can't execute and come out with a win," said Stanton, whose club has lost four straight.

Neither team had a runner reach past first base in the first four innings, but with one out in the fifth, Infante crushed a Dickey offering off the second- deck facing in left field for his fifth home run of the season.

Gaby Sanchez followed the blast with a double, but Dickey retired John Buck and Buehrle to keep it a 1-0 game.

Game Notes

Josh Thole went 1-for-3 and has reached base safely in all 16 games he's played, the longest streak to begin a season by a Mets catcher...Dickey won all three of his starts against the Marlins last year...Infante had seven home runs in 148 games last season.

Box Score:

Jose Reyes SS401000001.217
Emilio Bonifacio CF400000001.277
Hanley Ramirez 3B400000002.234
Logan Morrison LF402000001.319
Giancarlo Stanton RF300000013.241
Omar Infante 2B412100100.313
Gaby Sanchez 1B401010000.220
John Buck C300000000.196
Mark Buehrle P200000001.100
  Greg Dobbs PH100000000.267
  Michael Dunn P000000000.000
  Ryan Webb P000000000.000
Kirk Nieuwenhuis CF300000002.309
Ruben Tejada SS411010001.246
Daniel Murphy 2B411000001.329
David Wright 3B321200110.364
Lucas Duda RF412100001.246
Scott Hairston LF201000011.185
  Mike Baxter PH-LF101210000.267
Ike Davis 1B400000000.123
Josh Thole C301000000.364
R.A. Dickey P200000000.125
  Zach Lutz PH100000000.000
  Jon Rauch P000000000.000
  Bobby Parnell P000000000.000
  Tim Byrdak P000000000.000
  Manny Acosta P000000000.000

E_G.Stanton, D.Wright. LOB_Miami 6, NY Mets 5. 2B_G.Sanchez, R.Tejada, M.Baxter. HR_O.Infante (5) off R.Dickey, D.Wright (3) off M.Buehrle. GIDP_G.Sanchez, I.Davis. DP_Miami 1 (O.Infante, J.Reyes and G.Sanchez); NY Mets 1 (D.Wright, D.Murphy and I.Davis).

Mark Buehrle (L 1-3)7.0522141106-702.63
Michael Dunn0.223212019-106.23
Ryan Webb0.110000010-52.35
R.A. Dickey (W 3-1)7.0311171100-684.44
Jon Rauch (H 3)0.210000016-80.00
Bobby Parnell (H 3)0.10000104-33.24
Tim Byrdak0.01000005-33.60
Manny Acosta1.01000109-82.89

T.Byrdak pitched to 1 batter in the 9th.

IBB_off M.Dunn (D.Wright).
HBP_by M.Buehrle (K.Nieuwenhuis).
T_2:29. A_20623.
Umpires_Home,Bill Miller; First, Dale Scott; Second, CB Bucknor; Third, Dan Iassogna.

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