Sunday, May 13, 2012

Recap: Game 34 - Mets at Marlins - Mets Compete For Win, Francisco sucks up the loss

Marlins Park (Miami, FL)

N.Y. Mets (19-15)000200002480
Miami (18-16) «0000002068110

W: H. Bell (2-3) L: F. Francisco (1-3)
HR: NYM - None   MIA - J. Buck (4),G. Stanton (7)

Giancarlo Stanton celebrated Mother's Day in grand style.

The Marlins right-fielder belted a first-pitch grand slam in the bottom of the ninth inning -- capping a six-run rally -- to lift Miami to a dramatic 8-4 win over the New York Mets in the rubber match of a three-game series.

Stanton's second career walk-off home run came after the Mets pulled ahead in the top of the ninth against embattled reliever Heath Bell (2-3).

New York broke a 2-2 tie when pinch-hitter Justin Turner delivered a two-out, two-run double to right field.

Frank Francisco (1-3) faltered when asked to preserve the Mets' lead. For the second time in three innings, Emilio Bonifacio led off with a triple and John Buck, who launched a game-tying two-run homer in the seventh off Ramon Ramirez, worked a walk before a pinch-hitting Greg Dobbs stroked an RBI single to center.

An ineffective Francisco departed without retiring a batter and was ejected after giving home plate umpire Todd Tichenor an earful on his way out. Manny Acosta took the mound and ex-Met Jose Reyes plated pinch-runner Brett Hayes with a sacrifice fly to center.

After Omar Infante popped out, Acosta walked Hanley Ramirez before hitting Austin Kearns with a pitch to load the bases. Stanton crushed Acosta's next offering to deep left-center field for his third career grand slam.

Stanton and Bonifacio finished with three hits apiece for Miami, which improved to 10-2 in May.

New York starter Jonathan Niese limited the Marlins to five hits and walked three in six scoreless innings.

The Mets entered this series on a five-game winning streak.

Miami stranded a runner on third in the first and came up empty in the second after loading the bases with one out. Starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano went down swinging and Reyes popped out to second.

New York snapped Zambrano's scoreless streak in the fourth. Kirk Nieuwenhuis and David Wright opened the frame with consecutive singles. A passed ball enabled both runners to move up and Lucas Duda plated Nieuwenhuis with a groundout to second. Daniel Murphy then slapped a sharp single past Ramirez at third to drive in another run for the Mets.

Zambrano had not allowed a run in each of his previous two starts, a span totaling 16 innings.

New York threatened to extended its lead in the seventh, placing two men in scoring position, but pinch-hitter Ike Davis was retired on a 1-3 grounder to end the inning.

Game Notes

Zambrano gave up five hits, walked three and struck out seven in seven innings...The teams combined to go 5-for-17 with runners in scoring position.

Box Score:

Andres Torres CF500000002.277
Kirk Nieuwenhuis LF412000001.310
David Wright 3B311000011.400
Lucas Duda RF400100001.259
Daniel Murphy 1B312110010.328
Ronny Cedeno SS210000020.238
Jordany Valdespin 2B401000001.133
Rob Johnson C301000001.286
  Mike Baxter PH000000010.346
  Mike Nickeas C000000000.226
Jon Niese P100000001.091
  Ike Davis PH100000000.174
  Ramon Ramirez P000000000.000
  Jon Rauch P000000000.000
  Justin Turner PH101210000.220
  Frank Francisco P000000000.000
  Manny Acosta P000000000.000
Jose Reyes SS201100020.260
Omar Infante 2B500000000.315
Hanley Ramirez 3B411000011.213
Austin Kearns LF411000001.270
Giancarlo Stanton RF513400101.289
Gaby Sanchez 1B400000001.194
Emilio Bonifacio CF423002000.256
John Buck C211200120.200
  Brett Hayes PR010000000.273
Carlos Zambrano P200000002.071
  Logan Morrison PH100000000.284
  Edward Mujica P000000000.000
  Heath Bell P000000000.000
  Greg Dobbs PH111100000.279

LOB_NY Mets 6, Miami 7. 2B_D.Murphy, J.Turner. 3B_E.Bonifacio 2. HR_J.Buck (4) off R.Ramirez, G.Stanton (7) off M.Acosta. SF_J.Reyes. S_J.Niese. SB_J.Reyes (9). CS_D.Wright. GIDP_D.Wright, R.Cedeno, A.Kearns, E.Bonifacio. DP_NY Mets 2 (R.Cedeno, J.Valdespin and D.Murphy), (D.Wright, J.Valdespin and D.Murphy); Miami 2 (J.Reyes, O.Infante and G.Sanchez 2).

Jon Niese6.050034099-613.40
Ramon Ramirez (B 2)1.032201124-164.66
Jon Rauch1.000001018-102.93
Frank Francisco (L 1-3)0.023310015-78.56
Manny Acosta (B 1)0.213310117-99.53
Carlos Zambrano7.0521370115-731.88
Edward Mujica1.01000109-74.60
Heath Bell (W 2-3)1.022220028-1510.03

F.Francisco pitched to 3 batters in the 9th.

IBB_off H.Bell (M.Baxter).
HBP_by M.Acosta (A.Kearns).
T_3:18. A_26401.
Umpires_Home,Todd Tichenor; First, Larry Vanover; Second, Brian Gorman; Third, Tony Randazzo.

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