Mets Wrap Sweep Of Marlins
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NEW YORK (CBSMiami/AP) – The New York Mets wrapped their sweep of the Miami Marlins on Sunday with a win of 3-2. Ruben Tejada singled home the winning run with two outs in the ninth inning to give the Mets the victory over Miami, their seventh straight against the team.
Scott Hairston led off the inning with a single, took second on a passed ball by Rob Brantly, and was safe at third when pinch-hitter Jordany Valdespin beat the throw on what would have been an inning-ending double play. Instead, pinch-hitter Fred Lewis was intentionally walked after Valdespin was allowed to take second.
Tejada lined a pitch from right-hander Ryan Webb (4-3) into shallow left field and sprinted toward first with his finger in the air as the rest of the Mets poured out of the dugout.
David Wright hit a two-run homer in the first and Bobby Parnell (5-4) pitched the top of the ninth for the win.
Mets starter Chris Young had another nice start at home, but he still hasn’t won a game at Citi Field this season.
On Sunday, he allowed one earned run in six innings, but a throwing error by catcher Kelly Shoppach allowed the tying run to score. Young struck out five and walked two.
The Mets are 3 1-2 games ahead of the Marlins out of last place in the NL East. The Mets are 11-4 against the Marlins this season. Miami starter Ricky Nolasco struck out five in seven innings, allowing five hits and two runs.
In Nolasco’s previous four starts, he was 3-0 with four earned runs and 20 strikeouts against one walk in 30 innings.
Young has been a brighter spot than his record would indicate. In 11 of his 19 starts, he’s allowed two or fewer earned runs, but is 4-3 with four no-decisions. He has struck out more than two batters for every one he’s walked and worked his way into a spot as a reliable starter heading into next season.
On Sunday, he had one bad inning, and a sacrifice fly and an error were enough to tie the game. Brantly and Gil Velazquez led off the fifth with singles and after they were bunted over, Bryan Peterson hit a sacrifice fly that scored a run and moved Velazquez to third. Gorkys Hernandez singled and stole second base, drawing a throw from Shoppach that sailed into center field, tying the game.
At Citi Field this season, Young has seven quality starts in which he’s 0-4.
Wright put the Mets ahead in the first inning with a two-run homer to left-center field against Nolasco. It was the sixth homer of his career against Nolasco. Wright is 25 for 63 against the Marlins righty.
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