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Saturday, April 06, 2013

Recap: Game 4 - Marlins (7) at Mets (5) - Marlins smallball Mets, Mets Blow Chances

Miami (1-3)«0100005017110
N.Y. Mets (2-2)0000003025101

W: A. Sanabia (1-0) L: J. Hefner (0-1)
HR: MIA - G. Dobbs (1)   NYM - D. Murphy (1)

Placido Polanco went 3-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored to help the Miami Marlins take a 7-5 win over the New York Mets in the opener of a three-game set.

Greg Dobbs hit a solo homer and drove in two runs, while Justin Ruggiano also drove in a pair for the Marlins, who were swept by Washington to start the season and scored just one run in the three games.

Alex Sanabia (1-0) pitched six shutout innings in the start, giving up just six hits with three walks and a strikeout to earn the win and give Miami skipper Mike Redmond his first win as a manager.

"It was pretty cool, obviously," said Redmond. "I knew it wasn't going to be easy, and it sure wasn't. I was happy with the way we went out and swung the bats."

Daniel Murphy hit a three-run home run and Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Lucas Duda each had an RBI for the Mets, who took two of three over San Diego to start the 2013 campaign.

"We've got guys on here who are going to breakout real soon," said New York manager Terry Collins. "Soon enough we'll be getting those two-out hits and scoring more runs."

Jeremy Hefner (0-1) gave up a run on five hits in six innings for the loss.

Dobbs got the Marlins on the board in the second inning when he hit a 3-1 fastball just over the right field wall for a 1-0 lead.

The Mets had runners on base in each of the first six innings, but were unable to get any across and the Marlins added to their lead in the seventh.

With Greg Burke on the mound, Donovan Solano reached base to start the inning on an error by Ruben Tejada. After Austin Kearns walked, Juan Pierre laid downed a bunt and reached base to load the bags. Polanco followed with a single to plate two runners.

Polanco then moved up a bag on a passed ball and after Giancarlo Stanton struck out, Scott Rice took the mound. Dobbs then plated a run with a sacrifice fly and Ruggiano hit a double to the left-center gap for another run. Rob Brantly followed with a double to right-center for a 6-0 advantage.

New York finally answered in the seventh to cut its deficit in half. With Chad Qualls on the mound, Mike Baxter led off with a single and Jordany Valdespin followed with a walk. Murphy then clubbed a pitch over the left-center wall to make it a 6-3 game.

The Mets loaded the bases in the eighth, but it was with two outs and Murphy grounded out to second to end the frame.

Miami padded its lead in the ninth when a single from Ruggiano plated Stanton, who had doubled two batters prior.

Nieuwenhuis punched an RBI double to left-center in the ninth and Duda followed with a single to make it a two-run game, but Steven Cishek struck out John Buck then got Justin Turner to ground out and end the game.

Game Notes

The Mets won 12 of 18 games with the Marlins last season - including seven of nine in New York ... The Mets batted just 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position and left 12 men on base ... Ricky Nolasco pitches for Miami on Saturday while Jon Niese will take the mound for New York.

Box Score:

Juan Pierre LF411000001.200
Placido Polanco 3B513200000.313
Giancarlo Stanton RF511010003.143
Greg Dobbs 1B411200100.200
Justin Ruggiano CF512210000.308
Rob Brantly C402120011.364
Adeiny Hechavarria SS401000000.214
Donovan Solano 2B310000010.250
Alex Sanabia P200000000.000
  Austin Kearns PH010000010.000
  Chad Qualls P000000000.000
  Mike Dunn P000000000.000
  Miguel Olivo PH100000000.000
  A.J. Ramos P000000000.000
  Steve Cishek P000000000.000
Jordany Valdespin CF312000010.333
Daniel Murphy 2B411300110.214
David Wright 3B401000011.214
Ike Davis 1B410000011.063
Marlon Byrd RF401000000.267
  Scott Atchison P000000000.000
  LaTroy Hawkins P000000000.000
  Kirk Nieuwenhuis PH111110000.500
Lucas Duda LF301100011.273
John Buck C501000001.412
Ruben Tejada SS301010010.231
  Justin Turner PH100000000.600
Jeremy Hefner P200000001.000
  Greg Burke P000000000.000
  Scott Rice P000000000.000
  Mike Baxter PH-RF111000010.333

E_R.Tejada. LOB_Miami 8, NY Mets 12. 2B_G.Stanton, J.Ruggiano, R.Brantly 2, K.Nieuwenhuis, R.Tejada. HR_G.Dobbs (1) off J.Hefner, D.Murphy (1) off C.Qualls. SF_G.Dobbs. S_J.Pierre. SB_J.Ruggiano 2 (2), J.Valdespin (2). GIDP_I.Davis. DP_Miami 1 (A.Hechavarria, D.Solano and G.Dobbs).

Alex Sanabia (W 1-0)6.060031088-520.00
Chad Qualls0.123310121-1220.25
Mike Dunn (H 1)0.20000108-67.71
A.J. Ramos (H 1)1.000021028-124.50
Steve Cishek1.022212030-169.00
Jeremy Hefner (L 0-1)6.0511231102-611.50
Greg Burke0.114111018-1018.00
Scott Rice0.221100014-83.86
Scott Atchison1.000000015-100.00
LaTroy Hawkins1.031101018-1210.80

PB_R.Brantly, J.Buck.
IBB_off J.Hefner (D.Solano).
HBP_by A.Sanabia (L.Duda), by A.Ramos (J.Valdespin).
T_3:31. A_24935.
Umpires_Home,Cory Blaser; First, Jim Joyce; Second, Jim Wolf; Third, Ed Hickox.

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