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By HOWIE RUMBERG   AP Sports Writer
NEW YORK (AP) _ Miguel Batista pitched six serviceable innings
to earn his 100th win, David Wright hit a two-run single in a
four-run third against the bumbling Marlins and the New York Mets
hung on to beat Florida 7-5 Thursday night.

Making his first start since April 22 for St. Louis, the
40-year-old Batista scattered six hits while becoming the third
active pitcher to play for at least 10 teams. Filling in for
injured Jonathon Niese, Batista induced two double-play grounders
in helping New York take four of five in a series against its NL
East rival.

Emilio Bonifacio had three hits and three RBIs for Florida,
including a two-run single during a three-run ninth. But the
Marlins committed three errors in losing for the 20th time in 25
games.

Lucas Duda drove in two runs and Ruben Tejada was hit twice by
pitches, scoring both times for New York, which was outhit 10-6.
The Mets added what became three important runs in the eighth,
helped in part by a throwing error.

D.J. Carrasco gave up a two-out, two-run single to Bonifacio in
the ninth and left with a runner on first. Bobby Parnell relieved
and pinch-hitter John Buck hit an RBI double. Parnell then got Greg
Dobbs to pop out to second base for his fourth save.

Batista (4-2) improved his career record to 100-112. The win was
his first as a starter since July 27, 2010, for the Nationals
against Montreal.

In his 17th big league season, Batista did something the Mets
have rarely been able to do this season: shut down Gaby Sanchez.
The Marlins first baseman came in hitting .353 with four homers and
11 RBIs in 51 at-bats against New York, but he grounded out to
shortstop in each of his first three at-bats, leaving five runners
on base.

New York played in front of 27,562 fans on the day the club
announced a deal to sell a minority share of the team to hedge fund
manager David Einhorn for $200 million had fallen through.
The Mets took advantage of some sloppy play in the fourth inning
to overcome a 2-0 deficit and go up 4-2.

Batista reached leading off when Bonifacio, playing shortstop
for injured Hanley Ramirez, botched his grounder for an error.
Tejada was hit by a pitch. Jose Reyes then hit a sharp grounder
that Bonifacio knocked down while sliding on his knee to his left
but couldn’t make a play, loading the bases. Reyes was given a
single.

Duda walked to score a run ahead of Wright, ending the night for
Clay Hensley (2-6). He gave up four runs _ two earned _ in two-plus
innings.

Facing Burke Badenhop, Wright lined a single up the middle to
score two runs. Center fielder Bryan Petersen made an offline throw
that missed the cutoff man and went past the catcher, allowing Duda
to move up to third and Wright to second.

After an out, Badenhop threw a pitch that bounced in the dirt
and went through catcher Brett Hayes’ legs for a passed ball. Duda
raced home for a 4-2 lead.

Batista began the season with St. Louis and was 3-2 with a 4.60
ERA in 26 games, including one start, but was released in June. He
joined the Mets in July and went 3-0 with a 4.24 ERA at Triple-A
Buffalo.

He gave up a single to Bonifacio, a hard shot that went through
second baseman Tejada’s legs, to start the game and walked two in
the first. Mike Stanton hit a sacrifice fly for the early lead.
Bonifacio hit an RBI double in the second, but Batista got
double plays in the third and sixth with runners on first and
second to shut down the Marlins.

The Mets added three runs in the eighth aided by a throwing
error by reliever Steve Cishek on Angel Pagan’s sacrifice bunt.
Duda had an RBI single and Mike Nickeas, who entered in the second
inning after catcher Josh Thole was hit in the wrist by a foul ball
and left with a bruise, had a run-scoring single.

NOTES: The Marlins recalled RHP Sandy Rosario from Triple-A New
Orleans. … The Mets recalled RHP Josh Stinson from Double-A
Binghamton and purchased the contract of infielder Josh Satin from
Triple-A Buffalo. … Octavio Dotel has been with 12 major league
teams and Bruce Chen with 10. … The Marlins said Ramirez (left
shoulder) will see a doctor this weekend to determine a course of
action.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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