By STEVEN WINE
AP Sports Writer
MIAMI (AP) – Chris Capuano started the game with three
consecutive strikeouts, wiggled out of two early jams and took a
shutout into the sixth inning.
Three batters later, the New York Mets’ lead was gone for good,
and they lost Saturday to the Florida Marlins 8-5.
What happened to Capuano?
“I wish I knew,” manager Terry Collins said. “He was pitching
so well, making pitch after pitch.”
But because of his letdown in the sixth, Capuano (8-10) lost for
the second time this week going against Clay Hensley, the victor
when they faced each other Monday in New York.
The fateful inning started with an infield single by Emilio
Bonifacio. He scored on a triple by Omar Infante, and Gaby
Sanchez’s homer put the Marlins ahead 3-2.
“It all comes down to execution,” Capuano said. “It was a
couple pitches that didn’t quite get down to where I wanted to get
them. It can hurt you in a hurry.”
Sanchez’s 15th homer in the sixth put the Marlins ahead for the
first time in five games. He hit another homer in the seventh off
D.J. Carrasco and has three in the past two games.
“We’re going to have to change the way we go about pitching
him,” Collins said.
Logan Morrison added his 14th home run for Florida.
“It’s instant offense for sure,” Morrison said.
Capuano, who lost his third start in a row, allowed six hits and
four runs in six innings.
Bonifacio’s hit in the sixth extended his career-best hitting
streak to 22 games, the longest active streak in the majors. He
added a second infield hit, scored twice, robbed Angel Pagan of a
hit with a nifty play at third base and tied a career high with his
21st stolen base.
“He has been fabulous the last month or so,” Florida manager
Jack McKeon said.
Pinch hitter Lucas Duda and Jose Reyes homered on consecutive
pitches against the Marlins’ Leo Nunez in the ninth. It was the
first homer for Duda and the fourth for Reyes.
“We had some good at-bats, especially late, but it was too
little, too late,” third baseman David Wright said.
Wright, playing in his second game after being sidelined for two
months by a back injury, had a two-run single. He was retired three
other times, stranding six runners, and he made his second throwing
error in as many nights.
Reyes finished 3 for 5 to increase his NL-leading average to
Florida went 4 for 9 with runners in scoring position after
going 5 for 33 in those situations in the first four games of the
“It was nice to see the guys swing the bats with some
authority,” McKeon said. “Maybe we’re back on track
Carlos Beltran singled home a run in the seventh against
Florida’s Burke Badenhop (2-1), who went 1 2-3 innings.
The game was scoreless until the fifth, when New York scored
twice after the first two batters were retired. Reyes singled and
stole second, and after consecutive walks loaded the bases, Wright
hit a two-run single.
“You get out to a lead, but you’re pretty sure 2-0 isn’t going
to beat most teams,” Wright said.
Notes: The Mets’ Jason Bay was back in the lineup after missing
two games with a right hamstring injury. He was dropped to seventh
in the order for the first time this year. … Morrison’s homer was
only his second off a lefty this year. … The switch-hitting
Bonifacio is batting .345 against lefties. … Marlins CF Mike
Cameron made a diving catch to rob Daniel Murphy of a hit in the
fourth, and RF Mike Stanton made a sliding catch of Wright’s fly to
end the game.
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