Saturday, September 22, 2012

Happy Recap: Game 150 - Marlins at Mets - Ike, Niese Help Mets in win 7-3

Citi Field (Flushing, NY)
Miami (66-85)001002000371
N.Y. Mets (67-83) «32001010x7110
W: J. Niese (12-9) L: J. Turner (2-4)
HR: MIA - None   NYM - S. Hairston (18),I. Davis (28)

Scott Hairston had a two-run homer, a triple, and three RBI, and left-hander Jon Niese surpassed his career-best win total Friday, helping the New York Mets down the Miami Marlins, 7-3, in the first of a three-game set at Citi Field.

Niese (12-9) pitched 6 1/3 effective innings, giving up just three runs on seven hits. He struck out seven and walked two. Though Niese won 11 games in 2011, Friday's victory puts him at 12 wins for the first time in his five- year career.

Ike Davis knocked in two runs for New York, one coming on a solo shot in the seventh, and scored twice. Daniel Murphy additionally scored two times and added an RBI for the Mets, who snapped a five-game losing streak.

"I've said all year that they're a tremendous bunch of guys. It's a great clubhouse, and they just came out today and played like I know they can," Mets manager Terry Collins said.

Miami's starter, right-hander Jacob Turner (1-3), in just his fifth start as a Marlin since coming from Detroit via trade in August, threw 115 pitches in just five innings, giving up eight hits and six runs -- three earned. He struck out three hitters and walked one.

Donovan Solano had two RBI for Miami, which has now lost two in a row and is just 3-7 in its last 10.

The Mets got to Turner early, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first.

Murphy, who singled and stole second, first crossed home when a ball hit by Davis was mishandled by Solano manning second. Hairston followed by hitting a two-run homer to left-center to put the Mets up 3-0.

In the second frame, New York plated two more, taking advantage of sloppy defensive play by the Marlins.

First, Niese got on the base paths with a fielder's choice to shortstop that Reyes committed a throwing error on -- eventually coming around to score on a wild pitch from Turner.

Murphy tacked on another run with a sac fly to center that scored Fred Lewis.

"The way we play the first three innings, it was embarrassing," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. "I think if I was pitching in that game, I might fight with somebody."

The Marlins got one back in the third with an RBI single by Solano that scored Gil Velazquez, but the Mets countered in the fifth when Hairston tripled home Murphy.

Miami closed to within 6-3 in the sixth. Solano hit an RBI double and Austin Kearns contributed a run-scoring single.

Davis went deep in the seventh.

Game Notes

The Mets have been outscored 151-68 at Citi Field by opponents in the second half of the season ... Miami is now 4-9 against the Mets in 2012, including a 2-5 mark at Citi Field.

Box Score:

Gorkys Hernandez CF411000000.185
Donovan Solano 2B402210001.280
Jose Reyes SS311000010.288
Carlos Lee 1B400000001.271
Justin Ruggiano LF200000000.313
  Bryan Petersen LF200000001.206
Austin Kearns RF401100002.246
Rob Brantly C400000001.320
Gil Velazquez 3B312000001.167
Jacob Turner P100000001.000
  Dan Jennings P000000000.000
  Greg Dobbs PH100000001.295
  Wade LeBlanc P000000000.091
  Carlos Zambrano P000000000.176
Fred Lewis RF-LF310000000.154
  Andres Torres PH-CF100000000.219
Daniel Murphy 2B321100001.292
David Wright 3B400000001.307
Ike Davis 1B422200100.226
Scott Hairston CF-LF412301100.267
Lucas Duda LF101000000.245
  Mike Baxter RF202000010.267
Ruben Tejada SS401010001.288
Josh Thole C401010001.239
Jon Niese P311000001.222
  Bobby Parnell P000000000.000
  Jon Rauch P000000000.000

E_J.Reyes. LOB_Miami 4, NY Mets 4. 2B_D.Solano, R.Tejada, J.Thole. 3B_S.Hairston. HR_S.Hairston (18) off J.Turner, I.Davis (28) off W.LeBlanc. SF_D.Murphy. S_J.Turner. SB_D.Murphy (8). CS_M.Baxter. GIDP_G.Hernandez, A.Torres, J.Thole. DP_Miami 2 (J.Reyes, D.Solano and C.Lee), (C.Zambrano, J.Reyes and C.Lee); NY Mets 1 (R.Tejada, D.Murphy and I.Davis).

Jacob Turner (L 1-3)5.0863131115-724.03
Dan Jennings1.010001014-92.40
Wade LeBlanc1.011101119-113.71
Carlos Zambrano1.01000009-64.49
Jon Niese (W 12-9)6.173317099-723.49
Bobby Parnell (H 18)1.200000017-122.79
Jon Rauch1.000002015-92.85

PB_R.Brantly, J.Thole.
IBB_off J.Turner (M.Baxter).
T_2:44. A_25446.
Umpires_Home,Laz Diaz; First, Tim Welke; Second, Paul Schrieber; Third, Mike Everitt.
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