|Hanley Ramirez hits double off Billy Wagner in 9th to give Marlins 4-3 win over Mets|
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|Friday, 10 August 2007 16:29|
Carlos Beltran hit a three-run homer in his return from the disabled list, giving the Mets a 3-2 lead they handed to Wagner (1-1) in the ninth. After entering with a streak of 21 scoreless innings, he couldn't hold it.
Miguel Olivo hit a leadoff single and pinch-hitter Jason Wood walked with one out. Ramirez then drove a 1-2 pitch over Beltran's head in center field to score both runners. Ramirez pumped his first as he pulled into second.
It was Wagner's second blown save in 28 chances this season. The left-hander escaped a bases-loaded, none-out jam to save a 4-3 victory over Atlanta on Wednesday night.
Matt Lindstrom (2-3), a former Mets farmhand, worked a scoreless inning for the win and Kevin Gregg got three quick outs for his 25th save in 27 opportunities. He retired Luis Castillo, Beltran and David Wright in order.
Josh Willingham and Jeremy Hermida each had an RBI single for the Marlins. Ramirez also scored and stole a career-best three bases.
Daniel Barone had a chance to win his major league debut for Florida, taking a 2-0 lead into the fifth before bad defense and a bad pitch did him in on an unseasonably damp, chilly night at Shea Stadium.
Jose Reyes led off and reached on a throwing error by second baseman Dan Uggla, the Marlins' 94th error this season. They began the day leading the majors in that category.
Castillo followed with a bunt single that third baseman Miguel Cabrera was slow to field, and Beltran drove a 2-1 pitch to right-center for his 20th home run.
The star center fielder had been out since July 25 because of a strained muscle on his left side. The NL East leaders waited to see how Beltran felt after working out Friday afternoon before deciding whether he would play. About 40 minutes before the scheduled first pitch, the team announced he had been activated.
Brian Lawrence, the latest Mets pitcher trying to secure the No. 5 spot in the rotation, settled down after a shaky start. He lasted six innings, permitting two runs and eight hits while striking out six in his second start for New York since being called up from Triple-A New Orleans. He beat Milwaukee 12-4 last Thursday.
Moises Alou's two-out infield single in the fifth chased Barone, called up from Triple-A Albuquerque earlier in the day. The 24-year-old right-hander from California shook hands with his new teammates in the clubhouse about 2 1/2 hours before the game and had a vocal cheering section behind the plate.
He allowed two earned runs and five hits with four walks and four strikeouts.
Ramirez opened the game with a single and stole two bases before scoring on Willingham's bloop single. Hermida added an RBI single in the second, but Florida left the bases loaded when Cabrera grounded weakly to Lawrence on a checked swing.
Notes: RHP Ross Wolf also made his big league debut when he relieved Barone. Wolf, called up from the minors Thursday, retired his only batter. ... The Mets placed utility player Marlon Anderson on the bereavement list. Anderson, who came out of Thursday's game against Atlanta with a sprained left wrist, traveled to Alabama for his grandmother's funeral. ... The Marlins optioned RHP Mauro Zarate to Albuquerque. ... The gametime temperature was a blustery 61 degrees.