Marlins win, Bonifacio extends hit streakJul 24, 2011 - 4:44 AM
Omar Infante went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored while Logan Morrison added a solo shot for the Marlins, who snapped a four-game slide.
"After losing four in a row it was nice to see the guys come out swinging the bats," said Marlins manager Jack McKeon. "Maybe we're back on track offensively, I hope so."
Florida third baseman Emilio Bonifacio extended his hitting streak to 22 games thanks to a 2-for-4 night that saw him score twice.
Clay Hensley was pulled after five innings as he gave up two runs on four hits with four walks. Burke Badenhop (2-1) got the win despite giving up a run and three hits over 1 2/3 innings.
Jose Reyes went 3-for-5 with a solo home run and three runs scored while David Wright drove in two for the Mets, who had won three of four coming into the game. Both players had come off stints on the disabled list earlier in the week.
Chris Capuano (8-10) was strong through five innings, but saw things come apart in the sixth inning. He finished the frame, but left after that and was charged with four runs and six hits with three walks and six strikeouts.
With no score in the fifth inning, the Mets grabbed the lead thanks to Wright. The first two batters recorded outs, but Reyes beat out an infield single and quickly stole second. After walks to Justin Turner and Carlos Beltran loaded the bases, Wright punched a single to left that easily scored Reyes, while Turner made it home ahead of the throw for a 2-0 lead.
The sixth inning, though, saw the Marlins move ahead. Bonifacio led off with an infield single and Infante scored him with a triple to right-center. Sanchez then crushed the first pitch he saw over the left-field wall for the lead and Morrison hit a 2-1 pitch over the right-field wall for a 4-2 advantage.
"My focus was on trying to get Infante and I thought he was going to be a little more aggressive," said Capuano. "I was trying to get him to hit a grounder and I made a bad pitch. That started everything."
New York got one back in the seventh when Beltran scored Reyes with a single to left, but Florida blew it open in the bottom of the frame.
After the first two batters struck out, Bonifacio kept the inning alive with an infield single and stole second. Infante then hit a sharp shot to third that Wright made a diving stop on, but his throw to first bounced several times and got past Daniel Murphy, scoring Bonifacio. Sanchez followed with his second two-run home run of the game for a 7-3 lead.
John Buck singled home DeWayne Wise in the eighth to give the Marlins a five- run advantage.
The Mets didn't go quietly in the ninth, as Lucas Duda led off with a home run, his first of the season, and Reyes followed with a shot to right, but Leo Nunez set down the next three batters to seal the win.
Beltran has reached base safely in 29 straight games...Reyes raised his batting average to a MLB-leading .352. No Met has ever won the batting title...Bonifacio is batting .386 (32-for-83) during his hitting streak...Florida has won four of the seven games against the Mets this season...Capuano has dropped three straight starts and fell to 4-4 in his career against the Marlins.
- NEW YORK: 5
Jul 23 10:12 PM
- Justin Turner lined out to second. None on with one out and Carlos Beltran due up.
Mets 5, Marlins 8 Top 9, 1 OutJul 23 10:08 PM
- Pinch-Hitter Lucas Duda lead-off Home Run (1) to right. Jose Reyes due up.
Mets 4, Marlins 8 Top 9, 0 OutsJul 23 10:07 PM
- John Buck single to left scored DeWayne Wise. Runner on first with two outs and Bryan Petersen due up.
Mets 3, Marlins 8 Bot 8, 2 OutsJul 23 10:02 PM
- Hanley Ramirez struck out swinging to end the inning.
Mets 3, Marlins 7 End 7Jul 23 9:43 PM
- Omar Infante infield single to third. On the play, Infante advanced to second on David Wright's throwing error which scored Emilio Bonifacio. Runner on second with two outs and Gaby Sanchez due up.
Mets 3, Marlins 5 Bot 7, 2 OutsJul 23 9:39 PM
- Carlos Beltran singled to left scoring Jose Reyes. On the play, Justin Turner advances to second. Runners on first and second with one out and David Wright due up.
Mets 3, Marlins 4 Top 7, 1 OutJul 23 9:15 PM
- Mike Cameron struck out looking to end the inning.
Mets 2, Marlins 4 End 6Jul 23 9:05 PM
- Gaby Sanchez none-out, two-run Home Run (15) to left scored Omar Infante. Hanley Ramirez is due up.
Mets 2, Marlins 3 Bot 6, 0 OutsJul 23 8:58 PM
- Omar Infante tripled to right-center scoring Emilio Bonifacio. Runner on third with none out and Gaby Sanchez due up.
Mets 2, Marlins 1 Bot 6, 0 OutsJul 23 8:56 PM
- Daniel Murphy struck out looking to end the inning.
Mets 2, Marlins 0 Mid 5Jul 23 8:37 PM
- NEW YORK: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Jul 23 7:11 PM
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