Final Score: Mets 7 Marlins 4

The New York Mets (69-71) defeated the Florida Marlins (63-78) tonight by a final score of 7-4.

For a complete box score and game recap, check out SNY.TV.

The Least You Should Know:

  • Miguel Batista threw six innings and allowed one run on five hits and four walks, while striking out three.
  • Nick Evans’ three RBI singles gave the Mets the lead in the seventh, eighth and finally for good in the 12th inning.
  • Justin Turner drove in a run in the sixth as part of a 3 for 4 night.
  • Jose Reyes was 3 for 6 with an RBI, putting his average at .334 as he continues his quest for the National League batting title. He has an eight game hitting streak.
  • Bobby Parnell blew his second save chance in his last three chances, allowing a hit and a walk before surrendering a game tying double to Mike Cameron in the ninth.
  • Josh Stinson threw a 1-2-3 12th to record his first Major League save.

Quick Post Game Comments:

  • Well, the Mets certainly played with fire tonight. The Marlins loaded the bases three separate times with only one out and all three times Mets pitchers were able to escape the jam. Maybe the most impressive one of these outs was Jason Isringhausen’s nasty breaking ball to strike out Jose Lopez for the second out of the eighth after Lopez had seemingly fouled off Izzy’s entire arsenal. It did catch up with them when, once again, Parnell melted down in the ninth, but the pen did recover and allowed the Mets to pull out the ‘W’.
  • It was nice to see Turner shorten up with two strikes and two outs and drive in Ronny Paulino from third with an opposite field single. When Justin was raking during the first half, he was so effective in letting the ball get deep in the zone and driving it the other way. It’ll be interesting to see if that’s something he continues to work on getting back to in the season’s final three weeks.
  • Maybe it’s just me, but it seems like when Greg Dobbs is in a position to hurt the Mets, he usually does. Dobbs went 3 for 6 with two RBI doubles and raised his career average against New York to only .252, but every hit he does get seems to looms large. In addition to his two game-tying, extra base hits, Dobbs started the Marlins’ ninth inning rally with an opposite field single.
  • It’s hard to ignore what Nick Evans has done over the last few weeks. Tonight was Evans’ seventh multi-hit game since August 23rd: a stretch in which he has driven in 13 runs in the 12 games he has played in. It’s hard to say whether the streak Evans is on is sustainable, but I certainly think he has earned himself a closer look in Spring Training prior to next season.

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Up Next:

R.A. Dickey (7-11, 3.60 ERA) will start the finale of the series tomorrow afternoon. He’ll be opposed by Brad Hand (1-5, 4.23 ERA). Game time is set for 5:10 PM.