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Sunday, September 02, 2012

Happy Recap: Game 134 - Mets at Marlins - Bay Delivers, Mets Sweep Marlins

Marlins Park (Miami, FL)
N.Y. Mets (64-70) «500000000580
Miami (59-75)000010000160
W: C. Young (4-7) L: M. Buehrle (12-12)
HR: NYM - J. Bay (7)   MIA - None

Jason Bay broke out of a 10-for-83 slump and delivered two hits, including a first-inning grand slam to help the New York Mets down the Miami Marlins, 5-1, and complete a three-game sweep.

The Mets, winners in seven of their last eight games, swept the Marlins for the second time this season.

Chris Young (4-7) started for the Mets and pitched five innings. He struck out three and allowed just one run on five hits.

Mark Buehrle (12-12) allowed five runs, all in the first inning. He shook off the rough start and pitched seven innings for the Marlins, giving up six hits while striking out three.

The Mets scored the first run of the day when David Wright's groundout brought home Ronny Cedeno, who led off the inning with a double before moving to third when Justin Turner followed with a two-bagger.

Bay came to bat with the bases loaded after Buehrle allowed a two-out walk to Ike Davis and then hit Kelly Shoppach. Bay drove a fastball into right-center field and cleared the bases with his seventh homer of the season.

Coming into the game, the Mets outfielder had been hitting .152 in 158 at- bats. Since being regulated to a platoon player on Aug. 8, Bay has seen limited action.

"I didn't think I'd hit a grand slam in my first at-bat in a week but it's definitely nice," said Bay. The outfielder showed appreciation for his teammates constant encouragement, who continue to show faith in him. "I've had nothing but support from every one of these guys in here every single day no matter what happens."

The Marlins only run came in the bottom of the fifth inning, when catcher Rob Brantly drew a leadoff walk. Buehrle then moved him over with a bunt and Justin Ruggiano drove him in two batters later with a two-out double.

Young was finished after five and the Mets bullpen finished the job, pitching four shutout innings.

The Marlins have lost eight of their last 10 games.

"If we get down early, it's tough to come back," said Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton.

The Marlins will host the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday afternoon while the Mets will travel to St. Louis to face the Cardinals.

Game Notes

The Mets swept the Marlins on the road for the first time since May 25-27, 2007 ... Bay has hit six of his seven home runs on the road this season ... Stanton struck out three times Sunday, tying his career high with his fourth straight multiple strikeout game ... Buehrle had his three-game winning streak snapped.

Box Score:

Ronny Cedeno SS411010000.286
Justin Turner 2B412010000.281
David Wright 3B400100000.314
Scott Hairston RF400000002.269
  Jon Rauch P000000000.000
  Frank Francisco P000000000.000
Ike Davis 1B311000010.224
Kelly Shoppach C310000001.310
Jason Bay LF412400101.160
Andres Torres CF402010000.227
Chris Young P200000001.111
  Bobby Parnell P000000000.000
  Zach Lutz PH100000000.111
  Josh Edgin P000000000.000
  Mike Baxter RF000000000.277
Bryan Petersen LF301000010.201
Justin Ruggiano CF402110001.327
Jose Reyes SS401000000.281
Giancarlo Stanton RF400000003.287
Carlos Lee 1B400000000.277
Greg Dobbs 3B400000000.296
Donovan Solano 2B401000000.290
Rob Brantly C211000010.235
Mark Buehrle P100000001.051
  Austin Kearns PH100000000.238
  Ryan Webb P000000000.000
  Carlos Zambrano P000000000.176

LOB_NY Mets 3, Miami 6. 2B_R.Cedeno, J.Turner, A.Torres, J.Ruggiano. HR_J.Bay (7) off M.Buehrle. S_M.Buehrle. SB_J.Reyes 2 (32). GIDP_D.Wright, A.Kearns. DP_NY Mets 1 (R.Cedeno, J.Turner and I.Davis); Miami 2 (M.Buehrle and J.Reyes), (D.Solano, J.Reyes and C.Lee).

Chris Young (W 4-7)5.051113094-644.48
Bobby Parnell1.00000005-52.96
Josh Edgin1.010010013-63.98
Jon Rauch1.000002013-82.98
Frank Francisco1.000000011-75.63
Mark Buehrle (L 12-12)7.065513194-543.73
Ryan Webb1.01000108-64.26
Carlos Zambrano1.010001014-84.29

J.Edgin pitched to 1 batter in the 8th.

HBP_by M.Buehrle (K.Shoppach).
T_2:22. A_25333.
Umpires_Home,Gary Darling; First, Paul Emmel; Second, Scott Barry; Third, Jerry Meals.

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